Ellis stops Stars, Predators open season with a shootout win

Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 11:41pm
Staff reports

Dan Ellis stopped the final three skaters he faced in an extended shootout, and David Legwand and Mike Santorelli each converted for Nashville, which opened the season with a 3-2 victory at Dallas on Saturday.

Legwand, Nashville’s third skater, tied the shootout 1-1 and Ellis forced the tiebreaker to continue to sudden death when he stopped Brad Richards. Santorelli delivered after Martin Erat missed, and Ellis stopped both Mike Modano and Lou Eriksson, Dallas’ fourth and fifth skaters, respectively, to give the Predators the extra point.

Ellis made 38 saves in regulation and overtime and earned his first win since Feb. 6. It was his fourth shootout victory in nine tries with Nashville.

Jason Arnott had a goal and an assist as the Predators jumped to a 2-0 lead. He scored on the power play 1:48 after the opening faceoff and then had the primary assist on Steve Sullivan’s goal 4:47 into the second period. Arnott also had a team-high seven shots on goal.

Dallas finally got a puck past Ellis with 10 seconds to play in the second period and tied it at 4:05 of the third. James Neal scored both goals for the Stars, who outshot the Predators 39-26.

Patric Hornqvist added an assist on the Sullivan goal. He stepped up after J.P. Dumont was knocked from the game early in the second period.

It was the first loss ever for the Stars in a season-opener at Dallas. They were 7-0-2 in such contests since the franchise relocated from Minnesota.