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Ottawa at Dallas

Stars snap four-game losing streak with win over Senators

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DALLAS -- Somebody had to win the matchup between struggling teams, and the Dallas Stars got the best of the Ottawa Senators.

Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn scored third-period goals to help the Stars beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Saturday.

The Stars snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) and sent the Senators to their sixth consecutive defeat (0-5-1), tying Ottawa's longest skid this season.

"They've answered almost every call this year," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "From the (six-game losing streak) in January to this little bit of a tough stretch. We've just got to stay with it."

Jordie Benn had two assists for the Stars. Cody Eakin had tied the game with a second-period goal.

"This is just playoff hockey now the rest of the way," Ruff said. "You're going to have to have the ability to come back. You're going to need some big saves at crucial times."

Kari Lehtonen did that after Erik Karlsson netted Ottawa's goal just 3:27 into the game.

Lehtonen made 26 saves in his second game since returning from a head injury sustained on March 11 in Dallas' previous victory.

The most important stop came after Eakin's tying goal at 15:07 of the second. Ottawa's Erik Condra took a shot from in front that Lehtonen stopped, but he and Condra ended up in the net. The play was ruled no goal.

"I was able to make the save," Lehtonen said. "The puck was in front of my pads. He got pushed from behind, and he pushed me into the net.

"It could have gone the other way too. It was good to see [the referee] was on top of the play, so I wasn't too worried about it."

Lehtonen lost at Philadelphia on Thursday.

"I felt good in Philadelphia. The result wasn't very good," Lehtonen said. "[Saturday] I got a couple of good bounces and a couple of posts, and the end result was good."

Senators coach Paul MacLean said that teams create their own good fortune.

"If you don't feel you have any puck luck, then you're not working hard enough on a day-to-day basis," he said. "You shouldn't expect a break or something to go your way unless you're out there doing the work."

Daley's goal, following a brief power play, came after Senators goalie Robin Lehner stopped Colton Sceviour's shot. Dallas' Ray Whitney retrieved the puck and passed it to Daley.

Eakin also scored off a rebound.

"It feels like it's been a long time [10 games] for me," Eakin said. "It was nice to chip in and relieve that top line. We get momentum when we play four lines and everybody is creating opportunities and putting pucks on the net."

Jamie Benn, part of that top line, reached 30 goals for the first time in his five NHL seasons.

He took a pass from Tyler Seguin at the top of the left circle and fired a shot into the upper left corner of the net.

Lehner made 39 saves against Dallas, which had a 42-27 shots advantage.

The Senators goalie had allowed 19 goals in losing the previous four games.

"I thought he came back, and I think that's really a good part of the learning experience for him after things didn't go his way," MacLean said. "I thought he came out and he really battled."

Dallas outshot Ottawa 17-7 in the first period, but the Senators scored the only goal.

Colin Greening made a pass from the top of the right circle to the high slot to Karlsson, who fired a shot past Lehtonen at 3:27.

"We got the lead, but couldn't really follow through until the end there, and they had a couple of nice goals to finish it off," Karlsson said. "Unfortunately, just couldn't put the puck in the net."

Dallas failed to score on three power plays in the second but the Stars broke through during 4-on-4 play with 4:53 left in the period.

Lehner stopped Valeri Nichushkin's attempt as he skated across the crease, but Eakin poked the rebound out from under the goalie to tie it.

Notes

C Shawn Horcoff returned for Dallas after missing four games because of a broken finger. LW Erik Cole's streak of 269 consecutive games played ended because of an upper-body injury. He is day to day. ... Despite their recent struggles, the Stars are 6-1-1 in their last eight home games. They are 5-1 in games in which defenseman Daley has scored. ... Seguin extended his point streak to eight games (six goals, nine assists). ... Ottawa defenseman Karlsson has points in six consecutive games (two goals, six assists). ... In the teams' previous four games, they allowed 39 goals and 262 shots combined.

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The Stars outshoot the struggling Senators 42-27 to end their four-game losing streak.  (USATSI)
The Stars outshoot the struggling Senators 42-27 to end their four-game losing streak. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Ottawa (28-29-13)1001
Dallas  (33-26-11) «0123
Three Stars
T. Daley
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
C. Eakin
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
R. Lehner
OTT


Saves: 41
Save Pct.: .932
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:27 - Erik Karlsson (19), Slap Shot. Assist: Greening
2ND PERIOD
15:07 - Cody Eakin (14), Backhand Shot. Assist: Nichushkin, Benn
3RD PERIOD
04:52 - Trevor Daley (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Whitney, Sceviour
06:58 - Jamie Benn (30), Wrist Shot. Assist: Seguin, Benn
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:44Rome, 5 min, Fighting
05:44Neil, 5 min, Fighting
14:41Spezza, 2 min, Tripping
16:41Benn, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
01:52Ceci, 2 min, Slashing
05:56Turris, 2 min, Hooking
10:55Ryan, 2 min, Tripping
13:53Dillon, 2 min, Roughing
13:53MacArthur, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
02:23Daley, 2 min, Holding
02:47Turris, 2 min, Slashing
11:51Dillon, 2 min, Holding
12:32Eakin, 2 min, Interference
12:32MacArthur, 2 min, Hooking
14:12Garbutt, 5 min, Fighting
14:12Neil, 5 min, Fighting
14:12Dillon, 2 min, High sticking
14:12Neil, 2 min, Interference
14:12Garbutt, 2 min, Diving
14:45Michalek, 2 min, Roughing
14:45Fiddler, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Dillon, 2 min, Cross Check
Shots On Goal
 123T
OTT712827
DAL17141344
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Robin Lehner59:19413
Kari Lehtonen60:00261
Game Information
Attendance - 16714
Referees - Brad Meier, Chris Rooney
Linesmen - Don Henderson, Jay Sharrers
 
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