NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Dallas|
(Thursday, February 27th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Carolina 1
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamie Benn posted a goal and two assists as
the Dallas Stars took a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
Cody Eakin, Brenden Dillon and Tyler Seguin also had goals, while Kari
Lehtonen stopped 26 shots for the Stars, who had won three of four prior to
the Olympic break.
"He gave us some real big, timely saves," said Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff
about Lehtonen. "Not a lot in the first 40 but there were some timely saves
that kept them off the board. And I thought in the third there were a few
more quality opportunities where they could have closed the gap on us but he
shut the door."
Eric Staal scored and Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots for the Hurricanes, who
have dropped three straight after losing to Buffalo on Tuesday in their first
"He's an elite goalie. He's doing the job every night," said Carolina head
coach Kirk Muller about Khudobin. "He gave us the chance again to stay in this
game. He made some amazing, huge saves. But like I said, we just didn't get
the goals and give him a chance to win this hockey game tonight."
Dallas scored at 3:18 of the first period as Valeri Nichushkin skated down the
right wing and sent a perfect backhand over to the left side where Seguin
slammed it home for his 25th of the year.
Skating shorthanded, the Stars made it a 2-0 game four minutes later when Benn
brought the puck in down the middle and lost it, but Dillon was there to pick
it up and snap in a wrister for his sixth of the campaign.
Dallas took a 3-0 lead with another shorthanded goal, as Benn skated down the
ice and went up the middle to split the defense before stuffing a forehand
past the right pad of Khudobin for his 23rd of the year at 18:35 of the
Carolina finally got on the board at 2:42 of the third as Staal flicked a shot
on net from a sharp angle at the right side that hit off the skate of Lehtonen
and snuck in.
The Hurricanes then had a three-minute power play as Antoine Roussel charged
into Khudobin. That brewed a fight with Ron Hainsey and after the dust
settled, Roussel was given a major for charging and fighting, along with a
game misconduct, while Hainsey was handed an instigator minor, along with a
fighting major and misconduct.
They were unable to take advantage of the power play, though, as Tuomo Ruutu
took a high sticking call a minute later, and the Dallas defense kept the puck
away from the net.
Eakin sealed the win with an empty-netter inside the final minute.
Dallas hosts Tampa Bay on Saturday ... Carolina continues its five-game road
trip in Los Angeles on Saturday ... Dallas has won four straight over Carolina
... The Stars have not lost a home game in this series since dropping a one
on Feb. 11, 1996, to the Hartford Whalers.
02/28 01:01:43 ET