DALLAS (AP) — Nashville goalie Juuse Saros reveled in his busy night.
Saros made a career-high 43 saves and his Predators teammates scored four times in the second period to cool off the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Tuesday.
“It’s always nice to see a lot of pucks and face a lot of shots,” Saros said, “especially when our D is playing good in front of me and most of the shots come (from) outside.”
Nashville has won three in a row and is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games. The Stars had won five straight and seven of eight.
Saros has won both his career starts against Dallas, totaling 73 saves. He has played 28 NHL games over three seasons.
“I thought that we played a good road game early,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “The second half of the game, I don’t think we were real sharp, but the score was 5-0 at that point.”
Stars goalie Ben Bishop allowed three goals on 15 shots before Kari Lehtonen replaced him 4:26 into the second period. Lehtonen finished with 15 saves and gave up two goals.
Kevin Fiala scored on a first-period power play for the Predators. Cody McLeod, Pontus Aberg, Kyle Turris and Calle Jarnkrok added the second-period goals.
Dallas defensemen Stephen Johns and Jamie Oleksiak scored in the third.
Oleksiak had a Gordie Howe hat trick — a goal, an assist and a fight. His goal went in off a defender’s skate with 42 seconds left.
“It was unfortunate that last one goes in on the redirect,” Laviolette said. “It’s really a nothing play. (Saros) could’ve walked away with 40 shots on net and a one-goal-against performance.”
Fiala put Nashville on the board at 15:49 of the first. He took a pass from Turris low in the left faceoff circle and sent the puck into the upper right corner of the net.
Stars captain Jamie Benn was in the penalty box.
“A tough night. Starting with myself, probably a bad penalty and they scored,” Benn said.
Fiala has a goal in three straight games after scoring only twice in his first 24 games this season.
A flurry of activity early in the second period increased Nashville’s lead to 3-0.
Two fights within 13 seconds resulted in four major penalties. Five seconds after the Predators’ Austin Watson and…