Montreal at Dallas

Benn, Richards lead surging Stars over Canadiens


DALLAS -- Adam Burish and Jamie Benn provided the early momentum, then the Dallas Stars finished what they started.

Benn scored a short-handed goal, Brad Richards added a power-play tally, and the surging Stars beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Tuesday night. The Stars have won 13 straight and are 16-2 when they score first.

"We wanted to pounce on them," said Richards, who has a team-high 16 goals. "We got a lead and never gave it up. It was a great effort all the way through."

Burish, Karlis Skrastins and Loui Eriksson added even-strength goals for the Stars, 10-0-2 in their last 12 at home. Stephane Robidas had three assists, and Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves to help Dallas improve to 11-2-2 in its last 15.

"We've had a lot of that, scoring by committee," said Dallas' Steve Ott, who had two assists. "Short-handed, power play, even strength, we're finding a way."

Carey Price, starting for the 10th time in 11 games, allowed all five goals on 17 shots for Montreal.

"It wasn't good all around," Price said. "We couldn't get a break. That's a team that's a blue-collar team. They brought a lunch-bucket effort and got rewarded for it."

Brian Gionta scored a short-handed goal and Mathieu Darche added an even-strength goal for the Canadiens, 1-5 in their last six. Montreal played the second game of a seven-game trip.

Burish's deflection off Ott's pass gave the Stars the lead at 6:59 of the first period. Burish batted at the puck with his stick, about waist high, and the goal stood up after a video review.

Benn broke through two defenders and backhanded a shot through Price's pads to make it 2-0 at 13:59 of the first period. Montreal had gone on the power play 16 seconds earlier.

"That short-handed goal really spurred us on," Stars coach Marc Crawford said.

Skrastins stretched the advantage to 3-0 at 2:31 of the second when he buried a rebound past Price.

Darche scored when the puck glanced off his skate and past Lehtonen, making it 3-1 at 10:43 of the second.

But Richards' shot from the left point went in off Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges at 17:00 of the second period to restore Dallas' three-goal lead.

Gionta's goal from the left circle at 12:15 of the third drew the Canadiens within 4-2, but Eriksson answered with a redirect 53 seconds later for his 100th career goal.

"It's fun to achieve that, but I want to keep it going," Eriksson said.


  • It was the only meeting this season between the teams.
  • Darche's goal also withstood a video review, when it was determined he didn't kick the puck into the net.
  • The Stars hadn't beaten the Canadiens since Dec. 23, 2007.
  • The crowd of 17,805 was one of the best attended home games for the Stars this season. "When you're playing an Original Six team, there's always added emotion in the crowd," Crawford said.
  • Benn has two of Dallas' four short-handed goals.
  • Skrastins scored his second goal of the season and 31st of his career in his 792nd game.
  • Dallas scored on four of its first 12 shots.
  • Dallas has a power-play goal in six straight games.
  • The Stars are 10-2 against the Eastern Conference.
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The Stars' Brian Sutherby stands victorious after getting the better of P.K. Subban during a fight. (Getty Images)
The Stars' Brian Sutherby stands victorious after getting the better of P.K. Subban during a fight. (Getty Images)
Montreal (19-13-2)0112
Dallas  (21-10-3) «2215
Three Stars
J. Benn

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
K. Lehtonen

Saves: 27
Save Pct.: .931
S. Ott

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

Related Video

Scoring Summary
06:59 - Adam Burish (4), Tip-In. Assist: Ott, Robidas
13:59Short - Jamie Benn (8), Backhand Shot. Assist: Ott
02:31 - Karlis Skrastins (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Neal, Niskanen
10:43 - Mathieu Darche (6), Tip-In. Assist: Moen, Pyatt
17:00Power Play - Brad Richards (16), Slap Shot. Assist: Robidas, Eriksson
12:15Short - Brian Gionta (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Gomez
13:08 - Loui Eriksson (15), Tip-In. Assist: Ribeiro, Robidas
Penalty Summary
02:38Morrow, 2 min, Tripping
12:38Sutherby, 5 min, Fighting
12:38Subban, 5 min, Fighting
13:43Segal, 2 min, Interference
16:14Subban, 2 min, Interference
05:44Burish, 2 min, Hooking
11:00Hamrlik, 2 min, Hooking
19:44Morrow, 2 min, Roughing
19:44Benn, 2 min, Roughing
19:44Picard, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
Carey Price60:00125
Kari Lehtonen60:00272
Game Information
Attendance - 17805
Referees - Paul Devorski, Tim Peel
Linesmen - Vaughan Rody, Mark Wheler
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