Rookie Russell Lifts Jackets Past Stars

Ellis, Predators shut out Avalanche, Flames pull out win against Wild
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2008 1:55 AM CST
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Kris Russell, from right, celebrates with Fredrik Norrena, of Finland, and Derick Brassard after Russell scored his second goal of the night against the Dallas Stars in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Columbus scored three third-period goals and rallied to defeat the Dallas Stars 4-2. Blue Jackets rookie Kris Russell scored the tie-breaking goal on a power play; Russell scored his first NHL goal earlier in the second period. Pascal Leclaire had 26 saves for Columbus. The loss snapped Dallas’ three-game winning streak, reports AP. Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • Dan Ellis stopped all 39 shots he faced and led the Predators to a 4-0 victory over the Avalanche. Martin Erat had two goals for Nashville, who have won three straight.
  • Josh Harding had 35 saves for Minnesota but it wasn’t enough as the Wild fell 2-1 to the Flames. The win moves Calgary past Minnesota for first place in the Northwest division.