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Jackets Win First Ever in Dallas

Tuesday, 12.12.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Jackets Win First Ever in Dallas
DALLAS (AP) -- Rookie goalie Fredrik Norrena stopped 25 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets stretched their season-high winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

The Blue Jackets' fortunes have turned around since Ken Hitchcock replaced fired coach Gerard Gallant on Nov. 22. Columbus is 6-3 under Hitchcock and has outscored opponents 21-4 during the winning streak.

Hitchcock, fired by the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this season, had his greatest success with Dallas -- leading the Stars to their only Stanley Cup title in 1999 and amassing the most coaching victories in team history during his tenure from 1996-2002.

Columbus won in Dallas for the first time in franchise history. The Blue Jackets were 0-9-1 in their first 10 visits to Texas.

Norrena, a 33-year-old rookie, won his fifth straight start and has allowed two goals in his last four games, all on the road.

David Vyborny and Dan Fritsche scored for Columbus after misplays by Dallas goaltender Marty Turco.

Jason Chimera added his fifth goal of the season with 6:20 left to stretch Columbus' lead to 3-1.

Vyborny notched his fifth, unassisted except for Turco's puck-handling gaffe.

Turco skated out to the middle of the left circle to handle the puck, but lost control to Vyborny, who went in alone and tucked a shot into an open net before Dallas' Stephane Robidas could block it at 4:26 of the second period.

Dallas came up empty on its first seven power plays, but Philippe Boucher tied the game at 1 at 7:34 of the third period on a one-timer from beyond the left circle while the Stars held a man advantage.

Columbus went back in front 2-1 only 40 seconds later. Turco had just made a glove save, dropped the puck to the ice and was about to play it into the corner with his stick. But Fritsche pounced on the loose puck and knocked in his sixth goal of the season.

The Stars were without top scorer Mike Modano (hip flexor/groin injury), but forwards Brenden Morrow, Eric Lindros and Antti Miettinen returned from injuries.

Game notes
Before the game a moment of silence was observed for Laura Gainey, daughter of former Stars coach and general manager Bob Gainey. Laura Gainey, 25, was swept off the deck of a Nova Scotia ship during an Atlantic storm last Friday night and was lost at sea. Bob Gainey is now the GM of the Montreal Canadiens. ... In Hitchcock's only other game in Dallas since he was fired by the Stars, he coached Philadelphia to a 2-2 tie on Dec. 29, 2003. ... Lindros, who had missed four games due to a foot injury, was in the penalty box twice in the game's first 11:02.

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