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Tyler Seguin has four assists for Stars in win

Dallas forward powers offense, defenseman John Klingberg scores twice against Blues

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Tyler Seguin had four assists and the Dallas Stars ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

It tied a career high for Seguin, who last had four assists on Oct. 18, 2014, against the Philadelphia Flyers.

John Klingberg had two goals and Jamie Benn had three assists for the Stars, who won the first game between the teams since Game 7 of the 2016 Western Conference Second Round.

"As a team we've been talking about when we get opportunities they're going to go in," Seguin said. "We knew the results were going to come."

 

WATCH: All Blues vs. Stars highlights

 

It was a disappointing loss for the Blues, who were defeated by the New York Rangers 5-0 on Tuesday.

"I think this is a tough time for us right now. We're not playing very well," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're not all on board where we should be."

Dallas (4-4-2) took a 1-0 lead when Patrick Eaves deflected Seguin's wrist shot past Jake Allen at 6:35 of the second period. Eaves was going to the net and screened the Blues goalie when the shot hit his jersey and skipped over Allen's shoulder.

Video: STL@DAL: Niemi denies Tarasenko's backhanded shot

Paul Stastny tied the game at 11:26 of the second period with the teams skating 4-on-4.

On the ensuing shift after the goal, Benn had a breakaway turned away by Allen's right pad before he tracked down the rebound and sent a pass to Klingberg, who scored his first goal of the season on a wrist shot at 11:57 to make it 2-1.

"I think it was pretty big," Klingberg said. "I just saw four guys shrinking down … I was just trying to find a spot on open ice and Jamie played a pretty good pass."

Stephen Johns gave Dallas a 3-1 lead at 3:40 of the third period on a delayed penalty. Seguin made a cross-ice pass to Johns, who one-timed a shot past Allen.

Seguin had his fourth assist when Jason Spezza scored a power-play goal at 5:36.

St. Louis (5-4-2) appeared to score at 8:22 of the third period, but Alexander Steen's goal was overturned after a challenge by Dallas. Alex Pietrangelo scored at 10:27 to make it 4-2.

Klingberg scored into at 16:30 and Jordie Benn scored 17 seconds later, both into an empty net.

Antti Niemi made 28 saves for the Stars.

 

Goal of the game

Johns' second goal of the season was the game-winner and came on Seguin's prettiest pass of the night. On a delayed penalty, the Stars had an extra skater and Johns found open space, where Seguin set him up for the one-timed shot. "It was a great pass by (Seguin). When one of the best players in the world has the puck on his stick you try to get open and he's going to find you," Johns said.

Video: STL@DAL: Johns one-times home a beautiful feed

 

Save of the game

Niemi made his biggest stop with 31 seconds remaining in the second period after Dallas turned the puck over behind the net. Stastny fired a wrist shot from the right circle, but Niemi kicked it away with his right pad to preserve a 2-1 lead.

 

Highlight of the game

Klingberg helped the Stars bounce back after allowing a game-tying goal in the second period. During 4-on-4 play, Benn had a breakaway stopped by Allen, but the Stars captain gathered the rebound and made a pass to Klingberg, who scored into the corner.

Video: STL@DAL: Klingberg finishes a great feed from Benn

 

Unsung moment of the game

Steen nearly scored his 200th career NHL goal at 8:22 of the third period when he put a rebound past Niemi. Dallas challenged the play, and a review determined Patrick Berglund interfered with Niemi. "I didn't feel like I was going to use my timeout, so I might as well use (the challenge) and take a crack at it," coach Lindy Ruff said.

 

They said it

"Nice to get some results, we've been talking about it going in the right direction (the past couple games). We played much more Stars hockey in Columbus (on Tuesday), that fast pace, (defense) active joining plays, everyone doing their jobs and trusting each other," Tyler Seguin on the Stars getting back to their style

 

"Well, it's not the end of the world, but we have to turn this around quickly, so it's pretty close to being (must-win time)," Blues forward David Perron

 

Need to know

Dallas had 12 players in the lineup that played in the Western Conference Semifinals against St. Louis while the Blues had 17 … Dallas forward Jiri Hudler missed the game because of illness … Forward Ryan Reeves was a healthy scratch for St. Louis for the first time this season.

 

What's next

Stars: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (8:00 p.m. ET; WGN, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday (7:00 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-O, NHL.TV)

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