ST. LOUIS, Missouri - The Dallas Stars earned a commanding 4-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon to conclude their preseason with a 6-1-0 record.
Jake Dowell got the scoring started early for Dallas less than six minutes into the period chipping the puck past Jaroslav Halak’s left pad to send the Stars up 1-0.
Dallas would strike again in the period, this time off a deflection in front of the net by Francis Wathier on the power play to give the Stars an early 2-0 advantage.
A late Dallas penalty gave the Blues an opportunity to cut the lead in half, but a strong penalty kill and good goaltending by Andrew Raycroft bailed the Stars out to give them a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Shots after the first were 11-8 in favor of the Blues.
Newly acquired forward Vernon Fiddler took advantage of a broken play in the neutral zone to smoke the puck glove side on Halak and gave Dallas a 3-0 stranglehold on the Blues. Trevor Daley and Eric Godard assisted on the goal.
Tomas Vincour slipped one past Halak at the 11:16 mark of the second quarter to give the Stars a 4-0 midway through the period. Vincour netted his second goal of the preseason thanks to the assists from Steve Ott and Vernon Fiddler.
Steve Ott’s roughing penalty with 30 seconds remaining in the second gave the Blues a 5-3 opportunity, which they failed to convert on.
Shots after the second period were 21-17 in favor of St. Louis
The third period proved to be quiet for both clubs as the Stars were able to keep their lead intact to preserve the victory.
Andrew Raycroft went the distance in net for Dallas and finished with 33 saves for the shutout.
Shots ended up 33-24 in favor of the Blues.
Dallas finished the preseason with a 6-1-0 record. It is the first time since the club moved to Texas that they have earned six victories in the preseason.
The Stars have won at least five games in a single preseason three other times (2001-02; 1998-99; 1997-98). The Stars have gone to finish the regular season with over 105 points in two of those seasons.
Dallas extended their preseason dominance over the Blues and now have a 17-7-5 record against them in preseason competition, including a 13-1-3 record over their past 17 games.
The Stars came into today’s contest tied for the lead in goals scored (25) – they now conclude the preseason with 29 goals scored.
Dallas’ next game is the regular season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center on Friday night (7:30 p.m. start time).