- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

DALLAS (AP) - Steve Begin and Brendan Morrison scored their first goals for Dallas, and the Stars ended a six-game home losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Begin had gone seven games without a goal since he was acquired in a trade with Montreal on Feb. 26, while Morrison hadn’t scored in four games after being picked up off waivers from Anaheim on March 4.

Mike Ribeiro, Begin and Morrison scored during the first 9:51 of the second period after Rod Brind’Amour’s short-handed tally put the Hurricanes in front in the first.

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Ray Whitney’s power-play goal from the right circle at 13:45 of the third period _ his 22nd of the season _ pulled Carolina to 3-2.

Marty Turco, starting for the 37th time in Dallas’ last 38 games, made 29 saves. Turco had luck on his side when the Hurricanes hit the post twice with shots early in the final period.

Cam Ward stopped 28 shots for Carolina.

Dallas’ home skid matched the longest in franchise history, with the Stars managing only seven goals during that span.

Carolina’s Eric Staal continued his recent hot streak with an assist, giving him 11 points in his last six games.

The Hurricanes lost for the second time in 24 hours. Carolina had its four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night, dropping a road shootout to the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2.

Dallas was on the game’s first power play but the Stars got caught deep in the Carolina zone, leading to a 2-on-1 breakout by the Hurricanes. Brind’Amour converted Staal’s pass to give the Hurricanes the lead at 7:23 of the opening period. It was Brind’Amour’s 28th career short-handed goal.

The Stars got a break at 1:01 of the second period, drawing even at 1 when Ribeiro’s pass glanced off the skate of Hurricanes’ defenseman Tim Gleason and past Ward.

Dallas took a 2-1 lead when Begin set up in the crease and knocked a loose puck by Ward at 6:35 of the second period, and Morrison’s deflection 3:26 later gave the Stars a two-goal pad.

Notes:@ The teams hadn’t met in Dallas since Dec. 2, 2005, a 5-4 win by the Stars. The Hurricanes are 0-6-1 in Dallas since moving from Hartford in 1997. … Carolina D Joni Pitkanen sustained a lower-body injury in the game at Chicago and was scratched against Dallas. … The Stars’ other six-game home losing streak was in 1970 when the franchise was based in Minnesota.

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