Erickson scores hat trick in Stars victory

Loui Eriksson’s hat trick got Dallas into overtime, and Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro scored in the shootout to give the Stars a 6-5 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Richards and Ribeiro beat goalie Pascal Leclaire in the first and third rounds to lift the Stars to their sixth win in nine games. Columbus’ Kristian Huselius hit the right post in the first round, and Marty Turco stopped Rick Nash in the second.

Eriksson registered his first three-goal effort in the NHL, giving him five goals in two games. Richards added a goal and three assists, and James Neal had a power-play tally for the Stars.

Nash had two goals and an assist. Derick Brassard, R.J. Umberger and Huselius also scored for the Blue Jackets.