Berard Scores Twice; Westcott Adds His First NHL Goal; Jackets Fall, 6-3
Columbus Comes Back From Single-Goal Deficits Three Times Before Finally Falling
Lehtinen sparked a three-goal uprising with a power-play tally midway through the third period, leading the Stars to a 6-3 victory over the Blue Jackets.
The team's leading scorer this season, Lehtinen has accounted for the game-winning goal in each of the Stars' last three triumphs.
Columbus tied the game at 3-3 on Westcott's first career tally at 6:31 of the third period. However, the Stars reclaimed the lead for good just 2 1/2 minutes later, when Lehtinen found the back of the net for the 11th time this season.
Niko Kapanen gained possession in the neutral zone and passed to Jussi Jokinen, who carried the puck across the Columbus blue line and through the right faceoff circle. Without a clear path to the net, Jokinen dropped a pass from the corner to Lehtinen, who blasted a one-timer from just inside the right circle past goaltender Martin Prusek to give Dallas a 4-3 advantage with 10:54 remaining.
The Stars doubled their lead less than three minutes later on defenseman Stephane Robidas' shorthanded tally.
After the Blue Jackets missed a shot, Stars captain Mike Modano collected the rebound and raced through the neutral zone. With a defender draped over him, Modano snapped a pass into the slot for Robidas, who poked the puck between Prusek's pads to give Dallas a 5-3 cushion at 11:40 of the period.
Stu Barnes capped the outburst for the Stars, who tallied four times in the period to win their eighth in a row against the Blue Jackets and their fourth straight overall.
Berard scored two goals, tying the game at 1-1 and later at 2-2.