Seguin scores as Stars beat Maple Leafs 3-2

TORONTO (AP) The Dallas Stars got off to a fast start in each period - and held on at the very end.

Tyler Seguin snapped a 17-game goal drought, Ben Bishop made 27 saves and the Stars beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Thursday night.

''Not the prettiest of games on our end,'' Seguin said. ''But we greased it out.''

Denis Gurianov and Radek Faksa also scored for Dallas (33-19-5), which earned its third straight victory.

Toronto (30-20-8) dropped to 2-3-1 over its last six. Auston Matthews scored his 41st goal for the Maple Leafs, and Zach Hyman got his 17th.

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 16 shots after missing four games with a neck injury.

''They're very well-structured and don't mind if it's a sleepy type of night,'' Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said. ''We tried to stay with it. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get it done.''

Dallas scored 80 seconds into the first, 24 seconds into the second and 81 seconds into the third, using structure and physical play to snuff out Toronto attacks and keep things mostly to the outside.

''You're playing against a team that knows how to make it hard on you defensively,'' Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. ''You can't spot them a lead just because you make it even harder. That's a real tough team to play against when you're chasing a game.''

Dallas opened a 3-1 lead after Tavares was sent off for tripping early in the third. Making his NHL debut with veteran forwards Alexander Radulov and Joe Pavelski sidelined by injuries, Jason Robertson's initial shot popped over to Seguin, who buried his 12th of the season in the arena where he used to watch games as a kid.

A native of nearby Brampton, Ontario, Seguin scored his first goal since Dec. 28 against Colorado.

''Didn't know when it was going to happen,'' Seguin said. ''Figured it was going to be something off my head or off my butt.''

Andersen stopped Gurianov on a breakaway midway through the third, and Bishop robbed William Nylander at the other end.

The Leafs pulled their goalie with three minutes to go and Hyman made it 3-2 on a rebound with 1:19 left. But Bishop and the Stars held on.

''They just play a really structured game,'' Matthews said. ''They don't really give you much.''

After giving up a goal on the game's first shot in an opening period controlled by Dallas, the Leafs fell behind 2-0 on the initial shot of the second when Faksa moved in alone on Andersen and slid his 10th into the net.

Andersen, who was hurt in the first period of a 5-3 loss to Florida on Feb. 3, stepped up on back-to-back Dallas power plays before Toronto got a spark when bruising forward Kyle Clifford - acquired from the Los Angeles Kings last week - dropped the gloves with hulking Dallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak.

The fight was the fourth of the season for the Leafs, and the fourth overall for Clifford, who took his 6-foot-7, 255-pound opponent to the ice, much to the delight of the Scotiabank Arena crowd.

With winger Andreas Johnsson done for the night after hurting his right knee in the first, Keefe was forced to mix his lines and break up Matthews, Nylander and Mitch Marner - a super trio that accounts for nearly $29.5 million in average annual value on the salary cap, but failed to record a point in four periods of action.

The Clifford-Oleksiak tilt seemed to give Toronto a jolt before Matthews scored at 11:21 on the power play when he wheeled off the boards and snapped a shot past Bishop's blocker.

NOTES: Keefe said Johnsson's injury is ''not short-term.'' ... Stars C Andrew Cogliano, a product of the Toronto suburb of Woodbridge, played the 1,000th game of his NHL career. ... Dallas D Roman Polak, who played parts of four seasons in Toronto, suited up for his 800th game.

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Stars: At Montreal on Saturday.

Maple Leafs: At Ottawa on Saturday,

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123T
DAL33-19-5
1113
TOR30-20-8
0112
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Benn LW00001/2013:382
A. Cogliano LW01110/1013:510
B. Comeau RW01101/0019:285
J. Dickinson C00020/6016:270
R. Faksa C10117/7020:253
D. Gurianov LW10130/0015:051
M. Heiskanen D00-120/0223:110
R. Hintz C00001/0014:281
M. Janmark LW01011/2015:170
S. Johns D00-110/0019:263
J. Kiviranta RW00000/0007:022
J. Klingberg D01220/0019:470
E. Lindell D00210/0022:281
J. Oleksiak D00010/0512:084
C. Perry RW00010/0215:441
R. Polak D00020/0018:252
J. Robertson LW01000/0012:181
T. Seguin C10-119/7017:451
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
P. Aberg RW00010/0005:181
T. Barrie D01030/0027:030
K. Clifford LW00010/0508:070
T. Dermott D00-110/0020:480
P. Engvall LW00021/2010:310
J. Holl D00-110/0221:140
Z. Hyman LW10043/2023:080
A. Johnsson LW00000/0001:330
K. Kapanen RW00000/0016:020
A. Kerfoot C00-120/0010:490
T. Liljegren D00000/0009:562
M. Marner RW01040/0226:391
A. Matthews C10056/7027:053
J. Muzzin D00-100/0021:102
W. Nylander RW01050/1021:000
R. Sandin D00000/0015:162
J. Spezza C00005/2011:381
J. Tavares C010210/6219:530
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
B. Bishop (W)312290.93560:00
GOALIESSA
B. Bishop (W)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
F. Andersen (L)193160.84256:33
GOALIESSA
F. Andersen (L)19
Mitchell Marner shot on goal (Wrist shot)
DAL:GoalsShots
TOR:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • TOR
      18:41GOAL Zach Hyman (Backhand shot), Assists: John Tavares and Mitchell Marner
    • DAL
      01:21(PP) GOAL Tyler Seguin (Wrist shot), Assists: Mattias Janmark and Jason Robertson
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • TOR
      11:21(PP) GOAL Auston Matthews (Wrist shot), Assists: William Nylander and Tyson Barrie
    • DAL
      24.0GOAL Radek Faksa (Backhand shot), Assists: Blake Comeau and Andrew Cogliano
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • DAL
      01:20GOAL Denis Gurianov (Wrist shot), Assist: John Klingberg
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • TOR
      01:11John Tavares penalty Tripping - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • DAL
      17:27Miro Heiskanen penalty Holding - 2 min.
    • TOR
      17:07Mitchell Marner penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    • DAL
      10:14Corey Perry penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • DAL
      05:55Jamie Oleksiak penalty Fighting - 5 min.
    • TOR
      05:55Kyle Clifford penalty Fighting - 5 min.
    • TOR
      03:18Bench penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by John Tavares
    • TOR
      58.0Justin Holl penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    DAL
    TOR
    Shots on Goal1931
    Goals in Power Play11
    Faceoff Wins2025
    Penalties35
    Major Penalties11
    Minor Penalties24
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    DAL
    Shots on Goal19
    Goals in Power Play1
    Faceoff Wins20
    Penalties3
    Major Penalties1
    Minor Penalties2
    Misconducts0
    123T
    DAL33-19-5
    1113
    TOR30-20-8
    0112
    STARS OF THE GAME
    15.8 %SHOT %6.5 %
    0.935 %SAVE %0.842 %
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Benn LW00001/2013:382
    A. Cogliano LW01110/1013:510
    B. Comeau RW01101/0019:285
    J. Dickinson C00020/6016:270
    R. Faksa C10117/7020:253
    D. Gurianov LW10130/0015:051
    M. Heiskanen D00-120/0223:110
    R. Hintz C00001/0014:281
    M. Janmark LW01011/2015:170
    S. Johns D00-110/0019:263
    J. Kiviranta RW00000/0007:022
    J. Klingberg D01220/0019:470
    E. Lindell D00210/0022:281
    J. Oleksiak D00010/0512:084
    C. Perry RW00010/0215:441
    R. Polak D00020/0018:252
    J. Robertson LW01000/0012:181
    T. Seguin C10-119/7017:451
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    P. Aberg RW00010/0005:181
    T. Barrie D01030/0027:030
    K. Clifford LW00010/0508:070
    T. Dermott D00-110/0020:480
    P. Engvall LW00021/2010:310
    J. Holl D00-110/0221:140
    Z. Hyman LW10043/2023:080
    A. Johnsson LW00000/0001:330
    K. Kapanen RW00000/0016:020
    A. Kerfoot C00-120/0010:490
    T. Liljegren D00000/0009:562
    M. Marner RW01040/0226:391
    A. Matthews C10056/7027:053
    J. Muzzin D00-100/0021:102
    W. Nylander RW01050/1021:000
    R. Sandin D00000/0015:162
    J. Spezza C00005/2011:381
    J. Tavares C010210/6219:530
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    B. Bishop (W)312290.93560:00
    GOALIESSA
    B. Bishop (W)31
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    F. Andersen (L)193160.84256:33
    GOALIESSA
    F. Andersen (L)19
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    DAL33-19-5
    1113
    TOR30-20-8
    0112
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Benn LW00001/2013:382
    A. Cogliano LW01110/1013:510
    B. Comeau RW01101/0019:285
    J. Dickinson C00020/6016:270
    R. Faksa C10117/7020:253
    D. Gurianov LW10130/0015:051
    M. Heiskanen D00-120/0223:110
    R. Hintz C00001/0014:281
    M. Janmark LW01011/2015:170
    S. Johns D00-110/0019:263
    J. Kiviranta RW00000/0007:022
    J. Klingberg D01220/0019:470
    E. Lindell D00210/0022:281
    J. Oleksiak D00010/0512:084
    C. Perry RW00010/0215:441
    R. Polak D00020/0018:252
    J. Robertson LW01000/0012:181
    T. Seguin C10-119/7017:451
    Total3501920/259-27
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    P. Aberg RW00010/0005:181
    T. Barrie D01030/0027:030
    K. Clifford LW00010/0508:070
    T. Dermott D00-110/0020:480
    P. Engvall LW00021/2010:310
    J. Holl D00-110/0221:140
    Z. Hyman LW10043/2023:080
    A. Johnsson LW00000/0001:330
    K. Kapanen RW00000/0016:020
    A. Kerfoot C00-120/0010:490
    T. Liljegren D00000/0009:562
    M. Marner RW01040/0226:391
    A. Matthews C10056/7027:053
    J. Muzzin D00-100/0021:102
    W. Nylander RW01050/1021:000
    R. Sandin D00000/0015:162
    J. Spezza C00005/2011:381
    J. Tavares C010210/6219:530
    Total2403125/2013-12
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    B. Bishop (W)312290.93560:00
    GOALIESSA
    B. Bishop (W)31
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    F. Andersen (L)193160.84256:33
    GOALIESSA
    F. Andersen (L)19
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
    • 1ST PERIOD
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123T
      DAL33-19-5
      1113
      TOR30-20-8
      0112
      TEAM STATS
      2.87
      GF AVG
      2.69
      GA AVG
      .65
      Power Play
      4.04
      GF AVG
      3.70
      GA AVG
      .78
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.