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Blue Jackets 4, Stars 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Blue Jackets 4, Stars 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Dallas Stars 2

DALLAS (AP) -Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Kris Russell picked an opportune time to score his first two NHL goals.

The 20-year-old rookie notched his first in the second period to jump-start Columbus, then struck for the tiebreaker on a power play with 6:15 left as the Blue Jackets rallied to stop the Dallas Stars' three-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

Russell had only five assists in his first 45 games.

"He's had so many scoring chances," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "It's a big relief. He puts so much pressure on himself to contribute offensively. It seemed like the weight of the world was on his shoulders. He's felt like he's let a lot of people down (by not scoring more). We kept him on the power play because we knew this day would come."

With the game tied at 2 and Dallas' Joel Lundqvist in the penalty box for high-sticking, Columbus' Nikolai Zherdev passed from the right circle to Russell streaking down the left side and toward the net. Russell steered the puck past Stars goalie Mike Smith.

"It's pretty exciting," Russell said. "I felt like this took forever. I was lucky to get some opportunities. This is a big character builder."

Andrew Murray also scored, Zherdev had three assists, and Pascal Leclaire stopped 31 shots for the Blue Jackets, who salvaged the final game of the four-game season series with the Stars after losing the first three.

"We haven't had a good record against them," Hitchcock said. "We've been snakebit in some of our games with these guys. This is a big step, to win on the road against a good opponent."

Rick Nash added an empty-netter on a Columbus power play for his 26th of the season with 2.5 seconds left.

Smith made 26 saves, Brenden Morrow scored his 20th goal, and Steve Ott also scored for the Stars.

In a scheduling quirk, the teams were meeting for the second time in four days, both in Dallas.

Smith got the start over regular No. 1 goalie Marty Turco. Smith was Dallas' best player with 29 saves in a 3-1 win over Columbus last Saturday.

Murray, activated off injured reserve earlier in the day after missing five games due to a concussion, fired a loose puck past Smith at 8:03 of the third period to tie it at 2.

Stars coach Dave Tippett thought Columbus should have been whistled for icing on the play.

"It was clearly an icing call and the puck ends up in our net," Tippett said. "It was very unfortunate but you've got to overcome those breaks."

Morrow got the game's first goal on a rebound at 3:51 of the second period, his fourth in the last three games.

Leclaire was caught out of position as Ott backhanded a loose puck into an open net for his sixth goal of the season at 8:38 of the second period, extending Dallas' advantage to 2-0.

Russell got Columbus within 2-1 at 14:26 of the second period.

Columbus held a 14-5 shots advantage in a scoreless first period that included 10 penalties, one fight, four roughing calls, and plenty of pushing and shoving. Dallas had the better of the play in the second period with a 15-6 shots edge.

"There were some big swings in that game," Tippett said. "We didn't battle enough and we took offensive zone penalties and that killed our momentum. Our margin for error is so slim. We just didn't have enough work."

Notes: Columbus D Dan Fritsche missed the third period with a back injury. ... Dallas was playing its third game in four days. ... The Stars are without four key players: D Sergei Zubov (groin, foot), RW Jere Lehtinen (abdominal injury), D Philippe Boucher (shoulder) and LW Jussi Jokinen (leg). Zubov had an MRI on Monday and has been ruled out of the All-Star Game. C Mike Ribeiro will represent the Stars in his place. ... Columbus C Sergei Federov (concussion) was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Brenden Morrow (20) ASST: Antti Miettinen (15), Mike Ribeiro (32)
1 - 0 DAL
Steve Ott (6) ASST: Trevor Daley (11), Jeff Halpern (12)
2 - 0 DAL
Kris Russell (1) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (21)
2 - 1 DAL
3rd Period
Andrew Murray (3) ASST: Jan Hejda (9), Jiri Novotny (11)
2 - 2 Tie
PPG - Kris Russell (2) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (22), Rostislav Klesla (7)
3 - 2 CBJ
PPG - EN - Rick Nash (26) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (23), Adam Foote (12)
4 - 2 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
Rick Nash  Roughing against  Matt Niskanen
Matt Niskanen  Roughing against  Rick Nash
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping against  Antti Miettinen
Joel Lundqvist  Hooking against  Nikolay Zherdev
Brenden Morrow  Tripping against  David Vyborny
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
Steve Ott  Roughing against  Jason Chimera
Jason Chimera  Roughing against  Steve Ott
Freddy Modin  Hi-sticking against  Mike Modano
2nd Period
Stephane Robidas  Tripping against  Michael Peca
David Vyborny  Hi-sticking against  Brenden Morrow
Rick Nash  Hooking against  Mike Modano
Jason Chimera  Tripping against  Steve Ott
Trevor Daley  Roughing against  Jiri Novotny
3rd Period
Ron Hainsey  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mike Smith
Joel Lundqvist  Hi-sticking against  Derick Brassard
Mike Modano  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .939SH: 1 - 1
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
SA: 29TOI: 58:54
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
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