DALLAS (AP)—Bill Guerin is proving that he is fully recovered from last season’s debilitating thigh injury.
“You go out and play hard, do what you are supposed to do and let it happen,” Guerin said.
Guerin, who also had an assist, has nine goals this season and is second in the league behind Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk, who has 11.
“The one thing he can do is shoot the puck,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. “He found the quiet areas. If you give him time to shoot the puck, he’s going to score a lot of goals.”
The hat trick was the fifth of Guerin’s career. He now has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his last four games.
“He played great,” Predators defenseman Jason York said. “When he got a chance, he buried it. That’s what great goal-scorers do, when they get a chance, they bury it.”
Guerin, who missed 18 regular-season games and the first round of the playoffs last season when his thigh muscle was crushed, credited his linemates, Brenden Morrow and Jason Arnott. The threesome has been the Stars’ best scoring combination the last few games.
Morrow and Arnott each contributed a goal and an assist.
“I’ve been the recipient of some really nice plays the last few games,” Guerin said. “I just want to keep working with Brendan and Arnie. We just need to keep working, and keep going out there and doing it on the ice.”
Morrow scored his first goal of the season while Arnott raised his point total to eight in the last four games.
“Jason has worked hard,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “He took off 10 to 12 pounds to pick up foot speed, and it continues to pay off for him and for this line. We’ll see if we can keep this momentum up.”
Dallas charged to a 3-0 lead before Nashville rookie defenseman Marek Zidlicky narrowed the deficit to two 6:49 into the second.
“He had a great performance,” Tippett said of Turco. “I wanted to keep him rolling, keep that momentum going for the road trip coming up. He responded well tonight with the start.”
It was the second of back-to-back games between the teams, following a 1-1 tie Saturday night in Nashville.
“I think emotion is the difference between last night and tonight,” Timonen said. “They came out better than we did. Its hard to play against them.”
Turco started his 12th consecutive game, the longest such streak of his career. … Zidlicky entered the game tied for first in the NHL among defensemen scorers with 10 points (two goals, eight assists). … Nashville has used a league-leading eight first-year players this season. … Dallas defenseman Richard Matvichuk took a slap shot off his left ankle in the second period and did not return. He is listed as questionable for the Stars’ nextgame, Tuesday vs. the New York Rangers.