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NHL: Stars rout struggling Rangers 10-2

AGENCIES , DALLAS AND NEW YORK

A shot gets past Atlanta Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen of Finland during the second period of a game against the New Jersey Devils in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday.

PHOTO: AP

The Dallas Stars unleashed six goals during an explosive third period to pummel the visiting New York Rangers 10-2 on Friday.

Mike Ribeiro and James Neal each recorded two goals as the Stars blitzed backup Rangers goalie Steve Valiquette in their highest scoring output of the season.

It was the sixth triumph in seven games for Dallas (25-19-7), who had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

“The confidence is high, but the accountability we have for each other is higher,” Stars winger Steve Ott told reporters after extending his points streak to seven games. “Every single line, every single player on this team is holding each other accountable. That’s something we have to keep continuing.”

The Stars returned to form in style, ending the game with seven unanswered goals.

Ribeiro gave Dallas a 4-2 lead at 18:15 in the second period and the Stars owned the third, needing just nine shots to get goals from Jere Lehtinen, Fabian Brunnstrom, Ott, Darryl Sydor and two from Neal.

Stars netminder Marty Turco chipped in 20 saves.

New York’s Nikolai Zherdev opened the game with a goal at 3:35 and added another in the second period, but the Rangers could not stop the onslaught and Valiquette absorbed all the scoring.

DEVILS 5, THRASHERS 1

In Atlanta, Georgia, New Jersey scored three goals in the first 12 minutes to set up a comfortable win over Atlanta.

Kevin Weekes made 31 saves for the Devils, who recovered after losing their only game in three weeks on Tuesday.

In other games it was:

• Sabres 3, Canadiens 2

• Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 1

• Predators 2, Wild 0

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