DALLAS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Jason Arnott scored the go-ahead goal with 11:21 remaining Friday night as the Dallas Stars held on for a 3-1 victory over the lowly Atlanta Thrashers.
The matchup between the league-leading Stars and the league-worst Thrashers had just one goal and a lot of chippy play before Arnott's eighth tally.
Prior to making it 2-0, Arnott engaged in a second-period fight with Atlanta's Andy Sutton that resulted in major penalties for both players.
But there was nothing violent going on when Pierre Turgeon made his patented wraparound play and left the puck for Arnott, who tapped it past Pasi Nurminen.
The Thrashers halved the deficit 2:50 later on Tony Hrkac's power-play goal but got no closer as they managed just one shot the rest of the way.
In his first start since Nov. 22, Nurminen made 37 saves. Marty Turco of Dallas made 14 of his 21 stops in the second period.