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Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 9:15 PM / News

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NHL Capsules

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jamie Benn scored the lone goal in the shootout and Kari Lehtonen stopped all three attempts as the Dallas Stars snapped the San Jose Sharks' seven-game winning streak with a 5-4, come-from-behind victory on Sunday.

Alex Chiasson started the rally from a two-goal deficit in the third period when he scored his second goal of the game, and Loui Erickson tied it for the Stars, who have won two straight following a three-game losing streak. Eric Nystrom also scored, and Lehtonen made 32 saves through overtime for Dallas.

The Stars also erased a 2-0 deficit before falling behind 4-2.

Tommy Wingels, Brent Burns, TJ Galiardi and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for the Sharks, who had won the first six games of their seven-game homestand. San Jose failed in its attempt to become the first NHL team to win every game on a homestand of at least seven games, according to STATS LLC.

San Jose's Antti Niemi made 30 saves.

BLUES 1, RED WINGS 0

DETROIT (AP) — Brian Elliott made 28 saves for his 19th career shutout and Chris Porter scored the game's only goal in St. Louis' win over Detroit.

Porter scored his second goal of the season off a goalmouth scramble with 3:32 remaining in the second period. Elliott earned his first shutout of the season.

Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots for Detroit, which dropped from seventh to eighth in the West.

WILD 3, BLUE JACKETS 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves, and newcomer Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist to help Minnesota snap a three-game losing streak by beating Columbus.

Pominville, acquired this week from Buffalo, earned his first points with Minnesota.

Ryan Suter's wrist shot in traffic started the scoring, and Charlie Coyle benefited from a perfect pass from Mikael Granlund as the Wild netted two power-play goals in the second period.

Backstrom and his staunch defence did the rest until Pominville scored late off a tape-to-tape pass from Zach Parise. Backstrom earned his second shutout of the season and 28th of his NHL career.

PANTHERS 1, SENATORS 0

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal 10:46 into the third period to lift Florida over Ottawa and send the Senators to their fourth straight loss.

Kulikov's wrist shot from top of the left circle beat Craig Anderson as Sergei Gonchar served a holding penalty.

Scott Clemmensen made 40 saves, and Marcel Goc also scored for Florida, which has won four of five.

Ottawa's Cory Conacher scored his first goal since being acquired from Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Anderson stopped 15 of 17 shots in his return from an ankle injury sustained against the New York Rangers on Feb. 21.

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