RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Jamie Benn scored twice, including a shorthanded goal, to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
Michael Ryder added a goal and an assist, and Erik Nystrom and Stephane Robidas also scored for Dallas, which is off to a 10-3-0 start. Loui Eriksson had three assists for the Stars, two of them on Benn’s goals.
Chad LaRose and Tuomo Ruutu scored power-play goals for Carolina, which dropped its second straight in the only meeting between these teams this season.
Kari Lehtonen had 30 saves for Dallas to improve to 10-1-0.
Carolina starter Cam Ward stopped 10 of 14 shots before being pulled for Brian Boucher at 3:48 of the second with the Stars up 4-1.
Nystrom gave the Stars the lead on a rush at 5:20 of the first, beating Ward high to the glove side from the left circle on Vernon Fiddler’s assist from the high slot.
Robidas made it 2-0 on the power play with 7:05 left in the period, scoring through traffic from the high slot with an assist from Mike Ribiero.
LaRose came back with a power-play goal for Carolina less than 30 seconds later, backhanding the puck past Lehtonten’s stick side.
But Benn made it 3-1 with 28 seconds left in the first, receiving Eriksson’s backhanded pass from behind the goal on the doorstep and slamming it past Ward.
Notes: Dallas has won five of the last six games in the series. … Benn has points in five straight games. … The contest ended a three-game homestand for Carolina, which still has seven home games and five away the rest of the month. … Stars C Steve Ott (lower-body injury) missed his second straight game. … Hurricanes LW Jussi Jokinen (lower-body injury) also missed his second straight game.
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