Guerins Gets Second Hat Trick in 3 Games
DALLAS (AP) _ Another three-goal game should go along way in proving Bill Guerin is fully recovered from a serious thigh injury.
Guerin returned too late from a crushed thigh muscle to help the Stars in the playoffs last season, but the veteran forward is making sure Dallas gets off to a fast start this season.
Guerin had his second hat trick in three games and added an assist Sunday night, leading Dallas to a 7-3 victory over the Nashville Predators.
``You go out and play hard, do what you are supposed to do and let it happen,″ said Guerin, second in the NHL with nine goals.
The hat trick was the fifth of Guerin’s career. He has six goals and four assists in his last four games, and Dallas leads the Pacific Division with a 7-4-1 record.
``He played great,″ Predators defenseman Jason York said. ``When he got a chance, he buried it. That’s what great goal-scorers do, when they get a chance, they bury it.″
In other games Sunday night, Colorado beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime; Toronto defeated Carolina 2-1; San Jose and Atlanta tied 2-2; and Chicago beat Anaheim 3-1.
Last season, Guerin missed 18 regular-season games and the first round of the playoffs because of the thigh injury. He did return for Game 3 of the Stars’ second-round series, but Dallas was eliminated by eventual Stanley Cup finalist Anaheim.
This season, Guerin, who scored three goals in an overtime victory over Calgary on Thursday night, has teamed with Brenden Morrow and Jason Arnott, and the threesome has been the Stars’ best scoring combination the last few games.
``I’ve been the recipient of some really nice plays the last few games,″ Guerin said. ``I just want to keep working with Brendan and Arnie. We just need to keep working, and keep going out there and doing it on the ice.″
Morrow and Arnott each had a goal and an assist. Sergei Zubov added three assists and Stu Barnes two for the Stars, and Marty Turco made 21 saves.
After Dallas charged to a 3-0 lead, rookie defenseman Marek Zidlicky scored for Nashville to narrow the deficit to two goals.
Kimmo Timonen and Scott Walker added power-play goals for the Predators.
Nashville starting goalie Tomas Vokoun allowed six goals on 22 shots, and was pulled 5:29 into the third period. Chris Mason made 10 saves on 11 shots in relief.
Sharks 2, Thrashers 2
At Atlanta, Marco Sturm scored off a scramble with less than three minutes remaining to rally San Jose.
Scott Hannan opened the scoring for the Sharks in the first period. Jeff Cowan scored in the second period, and Slava Kozlov added a goal with five minutes left for the Thrashers.
Blackhawks 3, Mighty Ducks 1
At Chicago, Steve Sullivan and Kyle Calder scored power-play goals and Scott Nichol added an even-strength score to help Chicago improve to 4-1-3 in its last eight games.
Chicago rookie Michael Leighton stopped 29 shots for his first win of the season. He lost his shutout when Vaclav Prospal scored 6:02 into the third period.
Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere made his first start in five games and finished with 22 saves.
Avalanche 3, Rangers 2
At New York, Alex Tanguay scored the tying goal in the third period and assisted on Karlis Skrastins’ winner 1:14 into overtime for Colorado.
Tanguay, who extended his NHL-best point streak to nine games, tied it with 9:06 left in regulation, scoring off a rebound of Milan Hejduk’s wraparound try.
Travis Brigley scored his first NHL goal during a third-period power play for the Avalanche. David Aebischer stopped 22 shots.
Bobby Holik and Mark Messier scored for New York.
Maple Leafs 2, Hurricanes 1
At Raleigh, N.C., Mats Sundin scored 1:05 in, and rookie Mikael Tellqvist stopped 24 shots to help Toronto snap a three-game losing streak.
Ken Klee, who assisted on Sundin’s goal, scored 12 seconds into a two-man advantage for the Maple Leafs.
Ron Francis scored midway through the third period for the Hurricanes, who lost their third straight and have won just two of their first 11 games.