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Benn scores twice, streaking Stars beat Canucks 6-1

by Ace Damon

DALLAS (AP) – Jamie Benn scored twice, Ben Bishop made 32 saves and Dallas Stars beat Vancouver Canucks 6-1 on Tuesday night for the fourth straight win.

Stars have streaked nine games (8-0-1) and 11-1-1 in their last 13 games.

Benn has three goals in his last two games after scoring just once in his first 20 games. He also helped in Justin Dowling's third goal in four games.

Corey Perry and defenders Taylor Fedun and Miro Heiskanen also scored for Dallas.

Bo Horvat scored in the second period with Bishop. Vancouver goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots.

The Stars killed all five penalties against them.

Dallas appeared to have a goal of 1:26 in the game when Tyler Seguin sent a pass from the top of the clash circle right to the left of Dowling's goal that knocked over Markstrom's puck. The Vancouver video challenge showed that the play had been prevented and the goal was not allowed.

Benn actually scored at 7:53 of the first period, skating in the slot and sliding a backhand between Markstrom's legs.

The Canucks came close to scoring in the power play at 5:10 pm, but Tanner Pearson's backhand crossed the defensive area and settled over the net.

In the final seconds of the first, Markstrom stopped a shot from Denis Gurianov, who had skated alone at the end of Vancouver.

Benn scored his second goal in the power play at 9:59 of the second period. Perry's shot fired from Markstrom's left pad to Benn on the right of the goal for a shot from the keeper's left shoulder.

Horvat pulled Canucks 2-1 in a breakaway, with a pulse on the left side of the net at 11:24.

Fedun started the match for Dallas's third goal by winning the puck at the end of Stars and ended with a right-back rebound to his first goal this season.

Heiskanen, Dowling and Perry scored in the first 8:29 of the third period to rule out the game.

NOTES: Stars' six goals drew the highest of the season and the highest number of Canucks goals against this season. … Vancouver entered a winning streak in Dallas by a combined score of 13-3. Stars' previous home win against Canucks had been 2-1 on November 25, 2016.… Missing at least the fourth consecutive game from lower body injuries, the Stars team leader in the Roope goals Hintz (six games), D John Klingberg (five) and F. Mattias Janmark (four). … In NHL's 12th Dallas RW game Nick Caamano, he got his first assist in Fedun's goal. The Canucks came tied with Edmonton for the championship lead with 21 goals in power play.


Canucks: Play Thursday in Nashville on the second of a six game trip.

Stars: Host Winnipeg on Thursday in the second of four straight home games.


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