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Bishop makes 36 saves, Stars hang on to defeat Hurricanes

Pitlick scores two goals to help Dallas win fourth straight

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

DALLAS -- Tyler Pitlick scored two goals to help the Dallas Stars to their fourth straight win, 4-3 against the Carolina Hurricanes at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

Ben Bishop made 36 saves for the Stars (5-3-0), who scored the first four goals of the game. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin each had a goal, and Radek Faksa had two assists.

Leading by one goal, Dallas killed off a Carolina power play after Martin Hanzal was called for slashing with 2:49 remaining.


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"It's always tough when it happens, you'd rather not have it happen," Pitlick said. "But I think we dug deep there at the end and we got pucks out. Obviously, [Bishop] bailed us out a few times."

Jeff Skinner scored two goals for the Hurricanes (3-2-1), who lost for the first time in three games.

Benn gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 7:58 of the first period. Alexander Radulov carried the puck into the Carolina zone and made a short drop pass to Benn, who beat goalie Scott Darling with a wrist shot.

Pitlick scored to give the Stars a 2-0 lead at 18:07 of the first. Darling made the initial save on a tipped shot by Faksa, but Pitlick crashed the net for his first goal of the season.

It was a frustrating start for Carolina. 

Video: CAR@DAL: Benn goes bar down to finish the rush

"We were losing every single race to the puck. Execution wasn't there," center Jordan Staal said. "There were other things we could have done and had a better start if we were going to win that one."

Dallas took a 3-0 lead at 5:24 of the second period when Seguin scored his sixth goal on a breakaway after leaving the penalty box.

Pitlick scored his second goal off a pass from Antoine Roussel at 7:46 of the second to push the Stars lead to 4-0.

"The second goal, [Roussel] made a heck of a playing getting in on the forecheck, got the puck, put it right on my tape, and I just shot it and I shot it hard," Pitlick said.

Skinner cut the Dallas lead to 4-1 when he scored on his own rebound with 10 seconds left in the period. He made it 4-2 with his fifth goal at 5:32 of the third period.

"He's been doing this for a long time," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "He gets the puck, he works hard, so he's getting rewarded for that right now."

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock challenged the second Skinner goal, claiming he interfered with Bishop before scoring, but it was upheld after video review.

Staal scored to make it 4-3 at 15:24 of the third, three seconds after Stars forward Remi Elie exited the penalty box after being called for delay of game.

Darling made 22 saves.

Video: CAR@DAL: Skinner slips the rebound by Bishop


Goal of the game

The Stars penalty kill went 3-for-3 and set up Seguin's goal. Just after Seguin's slashing penalty expired, defenseman Esa Lindell cleared the puck to Mattias Janmark, whose short, one-touch pass set up Seguin for a shot past Darling's glove from the top of the left face-off circle.

Video: CAR@DAL: Seguin nets wrister top shelf by Darling


Save of the game

Bishop smothered Justin Faulk's shot through traffic from the top of the right circle with 1:09 remaining with the Hurricanes on the power play and Darling pulled for a 6-on-4 advantage.

Video: CAR@DAL: Bishop turns away Faulk's wrister in traffic


Highlight of the game

Pitlick lunged to poke the puck into the net for his first goal before getting upended by Darling.

"What I see? I saw a puck laying there and I dove at it and hit it in," Pitlick said.

Video: CAR@DAL: Pitlick capitalizes on second chance


They said it

"We're not a team that's going to quit. We talked about going into the third (period) and building something. We did do some good things. They sat back a little bit more in the third, so we were able to have the puck and create plays, which helped build the momentum. We're going to continue to work hard. Even with a start like that, we're going to work hard throughout the game and not quit." -- Hurricanes co-captain Jordan Staal


"I think that's the League over the last four or five years now. I think it's been like that where no lead is ever safe. It's great that we were able to hold on to that, and I think there is probably a lot of lessons from that. But it's nice to learn lessons on the fly and learn while you're winning." -- Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis


Need to know

The Stars have killed 13 straight power plays and won four straight games for the first time since 2015-16. … The Hurricanes went 2-2-0 on their four-game road trip.


What's next

Hurricanes: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, SUN, NHL.TV)

Stars: At the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-SW, NHL.TV)


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