NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Carolina|
(Monday, November 29th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - James Neal posted two goals and Jamie Benn
notched a goal and an assist to give Dallas a 4-1 victory over Carolina at
the RBC Center.
Kari Lehtonen had 27 stops between the pipes for Dallas, which has won four
straight to match its longest streak of the season. The Stars have now won
six of their last eight contests overall to keep them atop the
Pacific Division. Steve Ott also lit the lamp for the victors.
Eric Staal had the lone goal for the sputtering Hurricanes, who have dropped
two straight and seven of their last nine. Cam Ward fended off 29-of-33
shots in the loss.
"We just didn't have our jump tonight," Staal said. "We weren't fast enough
and we weren't quick enough... We have to try and work to get the first goal
of the game... Tonight is one of those nights where it would have been nice to
get an early goal, but it didn't happen."
Dallas opened the scoring midway through the first period. Jeff Woywitka
dumped the puck in from the blue line that was collected behind the net by
Loui Eriksson. He then found a wide-open Neal, who wristed a shot home from
the right circle.
Seconds after a killing a Woywitka high-sticking penalty, Dallas went on a
rush that was led by Trevor Daley. After missing the first shot, Benn centered
it to Ott, who fired it past Ward for a 2-0 edge only 2:46 into the second
The Stars extended their margin to three 93 seconds later when Nicklas
Grossman weaved his way through mid-ice and dropped it off to Neal. He then
ripped a shot from the point, sailing just wide of the net and it bounced off
the end boards. Following his own shot, Neal put the disc in the back of the
net to blow the game open.
Staal put Carolina on the board during 4-on-4 play by stealing the puck deep
in the defensive zone. He then raced down the left side and ripped a shot from
the circle past Lehtonen with 12 minutes left in the second.
Nearly 3 1/2 minutes into the final period the lead was pushed to three again
on Benn's goal. Mike Ribeiro led a rush before passing the puck to Brenden
Morrow, who ripped a shot from in tight. Benn stashed the rebound into an open
Ward fell to 2-2-0 in his career against the Stars...Benn has scored in three
straight games...Carolina defenseman Ian White finished with a minus-3 rating.
11/29 23:43:57 ET