DALLAS -- Eric Nystrom's season almost was over before it started when the Wild waived him.
After he cleared re-entry waivers, the Stars picked up the Syosset product and son of Islanders legend Bobby Nystrom -- but mostly because Eric's $1.4-million salary got the cash-strapped team above the salary-cap floor.
Turned out to be just the motivation and situation Eric Nystrom needed. At 28 and in his fifth NHL season, he already is near a career high with 10 goals in 21 games and shares the team lead in goals with Loui Eriksson. Nystrom scored one of the Stars' four second-period goals against Dad's old team Saturday night in the Islanders' 5-4 win.
"Getting an opportunity to get some quality minutes is key," Nystrom said before the game. "The past couple seasons, I've been getting a lot of scoring chances but they haven't been going in. Confidence is a big part of it once you get a couple."
Nystrom was brought in to be a checking wing but has meshed well with Vern Fiddler and former Ranger Radek Dvorak on a team that was scoring only 2.52 goals per game before Saturday night.
Saturday was special for Nystrom, though when the Stars visit the Coliseum Dec. 15 for his third game there, that will mean more. "That's where I grew up," he said. "I have some great memories of going to the Coliseum as a kid. It's always great to go back there."
MacDonald out again
D Andrew MacDonald (leg bruise) sat out a second straight game, with Dylan Reese taking the sixth defense spot for a second straight game. Reese added some needed jump and showed a lot of confidence in his first game up this season from Bridgeport . . . F Micheal Haley was a healthy scratch.