10/16 21:43 CDT Columbus beats Dallas 3-2, as Stars drop fourth straight
Columbus beats Dallas 3-2, as Stars drop fourth straight
By NICOLE KRAFT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) --- The Columbus Blue Jackets knew to be successful this
season they needed scoring production from their younger players and strong
On Wednesday night, they got both.
Sonny Milano and Alexander Wennberg each scored for the first time this season
to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Dallas Stars 3-2.
Columbus (3-3-0) won back-to-back games and pulled to .500 with its eighth
consecutive victory over the Stars (1-6-1). Joonis Korpisalo turned away 30
shots to net his third win.
Ben Bishop made 32 saves for Dallas, who have lost four straight.
Zach Werenski got the scoring started at 7:42 of the first, while Wennberg made
it 2-0 at 15:01.
Miro Heiskanen cut the lead to 2-1, scoring his second goal of the year for the
Stars on a delayed penalty.
Milano gave Columbus insurance at 9:07 of the third with a highlight-reel goal,
skating between two defenders and shooting from between his legs to go top
shelf over Bishop. Jakob Lilja recorded his first NHL point with the primary
"It was the best angle to get on net, and it went in," Milano said. "I was
thinking maybe to backhand it, but it went through the legs."
Columbus coach John Tortorella called the goal "ridiculous."
"He made a great move to enter the zone, beats a forward at the blue line and
there were still two checkers coming on him," Tortorella said. "It's a hell of
Joe Pavelski scored with 4.5 seconds remaining, but it was too little too late.
The Stars, who have been hindered by poor starts, came out strong, outshooting
the Blue Jackets 17-11 in the first. Columbus had a 9-6 shot advantage through
a scoreless second period and continued to dominate in the third.
"I thought we had an excellent first period," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said.
"I thought we were skating. I didn't love our puck management in the second. I
thought in the third we were working, trying to tie it up. We gave up too many
odd-man rushes. We didn't do it together enough. There were a lot of positives
to build off of."
"As frustrated as we are, there is still 90% of the season left," Bishop said.
"There is still time to fix this ship, but it needs to be more urgency from
everybody. We have to find.a way to get the W. No matter what it is."
Forward Corey Perry returned to the Stars after recovering from a broken foot.
... Werenski's 40 career goals put him one away from tying Rostislav Klesla for
the all-time Columbus record among defensemen. ... Longtime Blue Jackets
announce Bill Davidge took a break from his Florida retirement to watch his old
club, this time from the stands.
Stars: visit Pittsburgh on Friday.
Blue Jackets: visit Chicago on Friday.
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