Stephen Johns’ goal midway through the third period proved to be the game-winner and Dallas goalkeeper Ben Bishop turned away 28 shots as the Stars defeated the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Friday at the American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas.
The win allowed Dallas to pull into a tie with the Blues for third place in the Central Division. The Stars are 6-1-0 in their past seven games and 12-4-1 in their past 16 matches.
St. Louis, which owned a 29-16 edge in shots in the match, has lost three in a row and is now 8-5-1 in its past 14 games.
After a scoreless first period in which the Stars managed just three shots on goal, Dallas broke through 2:42 into the second. Mattias Janmark scored on the power play as he fired a pass that deflected off a defender into the net behind St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen. John Klingberg and Martin Hanzal were credited with assists on the goal.
The Blues ended up outshooting Dallas 12-7 in the second period — and 20-10 through the first two periods — but had nothing to show for that advantage.
Dallas added an insurance goal midway through the third period as Johns beat Allen on the short side with a slap shot from near the boards after a pass from Jamie Benn. Marc Methot was also given an assist on the score.
Methot had missed 41 of the Stars’ 42 games since Nov. 6 because of a knee injury.
Brayden Schenn brought the Blues to within 2-1 when he beat Bishop for an unassisted goal on a power-play opportunity with 1:14 to play in regulation.
Dallas returns to the ice on Sunday at San Jose while the Blues’ next match is also against San Jose, on Feb. 20 in St. Louis.
—Field Level Media