The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the previously-unbeaten Hurricanes on Saturday night before receiving a three day rest. Meanwhile the Stars have struggled out of the gate this season and were beaten by the Sabres on Monday, 4-0.
The Jackets took an early penalty in the first, but weathered the storm thanks to two big saves by Joonas Korpisalo.
After the kill, Columbus took control and had multiple scoring chances due to sustained pressure in the Dallas zone before a shot by Zach Werenski beat Ben Bishop five-hole at 7:42 in the first.
After another strong penalty kill of the Blue Jackets – in which they allowed zero shots on net – the Jackets once again took it to the Stars and an all Swedish line of Lilja-Wennberg-Bemstrom made them pay. Wennberg carried the puck along the boards before giving it up to a defenseman for a long shot, but found the blocked puck in the slot, dangled through a few Dallas players and ripped it past Bishop to put Columbus up by two at 15:01.
Just before the end of the first and during a delayed penalty – Foligno took a penalty after two Jackets crashed into each other and the slot was wide open for a chance on net – Radulov found Heiskanen on a cross-ice pass and the shot beat Korpi.
To start the second, Korpisalo took a howitzer off the mask from Corey Perry, but kept the Jackets up by one.
Dallas and Columbus took turns tilting the ice back and forth, but with under three minutes left, Bjorkstrand fought through a penalty to put a shot on net and before the penalty was called had a glorious open net chance off a feed from Wennberg, but hit the leg of a Dallas defender.
The third began with a fury as Korpisalo and Bishop had to come up with big saves in the first minute of play. As the third went on, Korpisalo continued to stand strong, but a between-the-legs shot by Sonny Milano beat Bishop to give him his first of the season and put the Jackets up by two.
Pavelski picked up his first goal of the season with 4.5 seconds left in the third, but it won't change the outcome.
Savard took a puck to the face in the game, but returned and will likely not miss any time. Josh Anderson remains on the injured reserve due to an upper-body injury.
The Blue Jackets are on the road Friday night when they face off against the Chicago Blackhawks. Game time is 8:30 p.m. at the United Center.