|NJD||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|DAL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
DALLAS (AP) -Brenden Morrow is taking his new role as captain seriously.
Morrow had a goal and an assist for his first points of the season to help the Dallas Stars beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in their home opener Saturday night.
Morrow, selected team captain last week, was reluctant to talk about his individual game afterward. The 27-year-old left winger preferred to discuss team goals and accomplishments.
"We are continuing to build character," said Morrow, who signed a six-year, $24.6 million extension last month. "We want to be a gritty team that's tough to play against, and we feel like we did that tonight."
Morrow's goal gave Dallas a 2-0 lead early in the second. He also assisted on Eric Lindros' score that gave the Stars a two-goal cushion with 2:48 remaining in the game.
Lindros, who has endured several concussions during his career, signed a one-year deal with the Stars in the offseason after playing in only 72 games the past two seasons.
"It wasn't the greatest game I ever played, but we'll take the two points," Lindros said.
Niklas Hagman scored a short-handed goal for Dallas in the first to open the scoring.
Center Travis Zajac scored his first-career goal on a power play at 8:33 of the second to pull New Jersey within 2-1 in the rematch of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.
"It's a relief getting that first one," Zajac said. "But it stings a little bit because it came under not so great circumstances. I'd rather take a win over a goal any day."
Dallas goalie Marty Turco had 19 saves to win his second straight to start the season.
New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, who tied Terry Sawchuk on the all-time wins list Friday night, had 28 saves.
"Any time you can beat Brodeur it's not a bad thing," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said.
Jeff Halpern was whistled for a holding penalty at the 11:07 mark of the first period. But Dallas overcame the penalty 41 seconds later when Stu Barnes hit Hagman, who beat Brodeur in the slot.
The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 in the second. Mike Ribeiro was behind the net where he passed the puck to a wide-open Morrow at 4:44 of the second.
Zajac brought the Devils within a goal, but they could not complete the rally one night after beating defending Stanley Cup champions Carolina 4-0 on Friday night.
New Jersey was 1-of-9 on power plays and was outshot 31-20 - including 25-11 over the first two periods.
"It seemed like we were a second behind every play," New Jersey center Erik Rasmussen said. "We were a second behind in reacting. It just seemed like we were a little flat all game."
Dallas continued to struggle on the power play, going 0-for-5 - including a missed chance when they had a 5-on-3 advantage for 58 seconds late in the first. They have not scored in nine power-play chances this season.
Notes: Dallas will not play at home again until Oct. 20 against Chicago. The Stars open a four-game road trip with consecutive games next week against the Los Angeles Kings. ... New Jersey C John Madden needs one point for 200 in his career. ... The Stars improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight home openers. They are now 10-2-1 in home openers since moving from Minnesota in 1993. ... The Devils will have four days off before their home opener Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. ... Dallas improved to 2-4-0 against New Jersey since the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.
|SHG - Niklas Hagman (1) ASST: Philippe Boucher (1), Stu Barnes (2)|
1 - 0 DAL
|Brenden Morrow (1) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (1), Antti Miettinen (1)|
2 - 0 DAL
|PPG - Travis Zajac (1) ASST: Sergei Brylin (1), Zach Parise (1)|
2 - 1 DAL
|Eric Lindros (1) ASST: Brenden Morrow (1), Jeff Halpern (1)|
3 - 1 DAL
|Antti Miettinen Too many men/ice - bench|
|Jussi Jokinen Hooking|
|Sergei Brylin Interference|
|Jeff Halpern Holding|
|Scott Gomez Hooking|
|Sergei Brylin Holding|
|Jaroslav Modry Holding|
|Mike Rupp Interference|
|Erik Rasmussen Fighting (maj)|
|Trevor Daley Misconduct (10 min)|
|Trevor Daley Fighting (maj)|
|Trevor Daley Instigator|
|Matthew Barnaby Hooking|
|Jere Lehtinen Interference|
|Eric Lindros Hooking|
|Marty Turco Interference|
|Colin White Abuse of officials - bench|
|SA: 31||TOI: 59:48|
|Saves: 28||EV: 15 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 11 - 11|
|SV%: .903||SH: 2 - 3|
|SA: 20||TOI: 59:43|
|Saves: 19||EV: 11 - 11|
|PIM: 2||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .950||SH: 2 - 2|