Stars Shine Once Again

James Neal scored the only goal in the shootout and Marty Turco had 41 saves Monday night to lead the Dallas Stars past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2.

Neal, 6-for-9 in shootouts this season, slipped the puck past Steve Mason on the glove side.

Turco, tested all night, then made a blocker save on Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash to preserve the win.

The teams came in tied with Anaheim for sixth place in the West with 61 points. Dallas' Brad Richards scored 27 seconds into the game, before most of the crowd of 15,006 had settled in. Loui Eriksson collected his 27th to tie it in the second period.

R.J. Umberger had both Blue Jackets goals in a span of 1:29 in the second period -- the fastest goals ever by a Columbus player.

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