Dallas grabbed the Canadiens by the neck and suffocated them the entire first period. The Stars kept attacking and attacking and never let up. Kari Lehtonen faced just two shots for the first half of the period and 6 shots for the entire period while the Stars piled 16 shots on Carey Price. Despite this, it took 14:12 for the Stars to finally convert on the numerous chances. Ryan Garbutt, playing in his third NHL game, scored his first NHL goal to send the Stars into the first intermission leading 1-0. Unofrtunately, the Stars momentum didn’t carry over into the second period thanks to three penalties (and a fourth that carried over into the third period) that kept the Stars on the kill for most of the period. Kari Lehtonen and the PK unit did their job splendidly and kept the Habs scoreless for the entire period. Dallas finished killing the fourth Montreal power play of the night and then decided it was time to stop messing around. 4:32 into the final frame, Mike Ribeiro, the former Canadien playing in Montreal for the first time sense he was traded to the Stars buried the puck from the doorstep. 37 seconds later Carey Price misplayed a puck that was intercepted by Tomas Vincour who dropped a pass to Tom Wandell. Wandell shot a wrister from the slot that sailed right through Price’s glove side, giving the Stars a commanding 3-0 lead.
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