Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007
SO win is over Dallas
Mark Recchi scored his 500th goal in the 4-3 win.
DALLAS (AP) Erik Christensen scored the only goal in the shootout and Sidney Crosby had two assists in his first game since going scoreless in the All-Star game as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 Friday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all three shots in the shootout, preserving the win by holding off Dallas' Sergei Zubov, Jussi Jokinen and Mike Ribeiro. Fleury finished with 32 saves to help Pittsburgh improve to 2-5 in shootouts and drop Dallas to 5-2.
Mark Recchi scored two goals for the Penguins, including the 500th of his career that tied the score at 3 with 8:01 left. He has five goals in his last two games. Crosby had assists on both of Recchi's goals.
The 19-year-old superstar was originally credited with a goal that gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead at 12:08 of the second. However, the official scorers later ruled that Recchi deflected Crosby's wrister into the net.
Crosby was playing his first regular-season game in Dallas, two nights after not scoring in the All-Star game on the Stars' home ice. The Penguins have won four of their last five.
Patrick Stefan's goal gave Dallas a 3-2 lead midway through the third. Zubov and Jokinen also had goals for the Stars, who snapped their three-game winning streak.
Zubov, who missed three games with an elbow injury, blasted a shot from the left point past Fleury to give Dallas a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 11:58 of the first.
Jordan Staal's shot from the left circle beat Marty Turco to tie the score at 8:42 of the second. fter Recchi's first goal gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead, Jokinen tied the score again with 5:17 left in the period.
Stefan put Dallas ahead at 9:19 of the third before Recchi evened things up again when he chipped in a loose puck over Turco's glove.
Several players returned from injury for Dallas. Defenseman Steve Ott had missed 37 games with a fractured ankle. All-Star defenseman Philippe Boucher was out two games last week with a facial injury, and center Jeff Halpern returned after sitting out three contests because of a bad groin.