|Brenden Morrow and the Stars were able to get the last laugh. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)|
The Dallas Stars were beaten everywhere except the scoreboard.
They shook their heads and chuckled when it was over yesterday, marveling how they escaped Madison Square Garden with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.
"The coaches just asked me what I'm going to say to the media," Stars coach Dave Tippett recalled, "and I said I'll say the goalie was really blanking good."
Mike Smith surely was, stopping 39 shots and carrying the Stars to their fifth straight victory.
Dallas captain Brenden Morrow scored a power-play goal early in the third period, and the Stars - despite being outshot, 41-18 - used a sizzling power play to win the first of a six-game road trip that will take them to all five teams in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division.
"We looked like we were stuck in the mud there a little bit. Give our guys credit, they kept hanging around," Tippett said of his team that played at home Friday before heading to New York for the day game.
Loui Eriksson scored his first of the season, on the power play, to tie it in the second after Jussi Jokinen got the Stars even, 1-1, in the opening period.
Jaromir Jagr snapped out of a five-game pointless slump with a goal, and Brendan Shanahan also scored for the Rangers, who dropped their second straight at home after a five-game winning streak there.
By Tippett's count, Dallas had two scoring chances in the first two periods and converted both.
Ducks 3, Kings 2 - Ryan Getzlaf and Chris Kunitz scored third-period goals as host Anaheim rallied for a victory over Los Angeles.
With the Ducks trailing, 2-1, Getzlaf shifted to his backhand to whisk the puck past Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera for his second goal of the game to draw the Ducks even with 11:58 to play.
Kunitz then swiped in a rebound with 3:06 remaining, giving the Ducks the lead after Corey Perry and Todd Bertuzzi hit the post with shots.
Canucks 2, Blackhawks 0 - Brendan Morrison scored an early power-play goal and Roberto Luongo made 27 saves as host Vancouver improved to 7-1-2 in its last 10 games.
Patrick Lalime finished with 26 saves for Chicago, which failed to record at least a point for the first time in five games.
Blues 3, Flames 0 - Manny Legace stopped 24 shots and Jamal Mayers scored two goals to lead host St. Louis over Calgary.
Mayers's goal 27 seconds in was all the Blues needed for their sixth win in seven games.