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Benn lifts Stars past Blues in overtime

Gets first goal in 12 games to send St. Louis to eighth loss in past nine

by Jeff Miller / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Jamie Benn scored with 1:56 remaining in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

It was the first goal for Benn in 12 games.

Alexander Radulov and Tyler Pitlick scored, and Ben Bishop made 35 saves for Dallas (37-23-5), which moved into a tie with the Minnesota Wild for third place in the Central Division. The Stars are 4-4-1 in their past nine games following a five-game winning streak.

 

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Jaden Schwartz and Ivan Barbashev scored, and Carter Hutton made 31 saves for St. Louis (35-26-5), which trails the Anaheim Ducks by one point for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup playoffs from the Western Conference. They have lost eight of their past nine games.

Benn, who had not scored since Feb. 3, took a feed from Tyler Seguin between the circles and scored top shelf.

Radulov scored in front of the crease on a backhand pass from Seguin on the goal line with 2:56 remaining in the third period to tie the game 2-2.

Video: STL@DAL: Radulov crashes net, buries Seguin's feed

"We obviously don't want to be coming back in too many of these games," Benn said, "but I like the way we're finding ways to stick with it."

It was the second consecutive game the Stars scored late in the third period to reach overtime. Mattias Janmark scored with four seconds left in the third of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said he recently told Benn not to be discouraged by his goal drought.

"This is four out of the last five games he's played really, really well," Hitchcock said. "He's dialed in, and he's playing hard. He's playing physical. He's getting into the scoring areas."

The Blues are 1-6-2 in their past nine games and have allowed at least four goals in five of the losses. They have scored a total of 14 goals in the nine games.

"I feel like a lot of times we go into a shell and we just sort of hope to hang on in these situations where that's not the right way to do it," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "You've got to keep defending, but you've got to do it aggressively. We need more of a killer instinct."

Pitlick scored at 7:04 of the second period on a breakaway to give Dallas a 1-0 lead.

Barbashev tied the game 1-1 at 13:06 of the second, scoring on the rebound of a long slap shot by Vince Dunn.

Video: STL@DAL: Barbashev crashes the net, jams rebound home

Schwartz beat Bishop to the short side to give the Blues a 2-1 lead at 12:43 of the third.

The Stars appeared to take a 3-2 lead with 2:21 remaining in the third period, but video review determined that Dallas forward Devin Shore kicked the puck into the net.

Blues forward Scottie Upshall (lower body) and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (lower body) did not play in the third period.

"It's not ideal, but injuries happen throughout the year, different times. Guys go down. You've got to find a way to step up," Schwartz said.

 

Goal of the game

Benn's goal at 3:04 of overtime.

Video: STL@DAL: Benn gives Stars win in overtime

 

Save of the game

Bishop stopping Alexander Steen at 6:21 of the first period.

Video: STL@DAL: Bishop stifles Steen's solo effort

 

Highlight of the game

Schwartz's goal at 12:43 of the third period.

Video: STL@DAL: Schwartz notches go-ahead goal on the rush

 

They said it

"We'll take one point over nothing, but it's still not good enough. We're chasing guys in the standings. We needed two." -- Blues goaltender Carter Hutton

 

"A lot of gutsy efforts there at the end of the game. Tonight, it took 60-whatever minutes to get it, but we stuck with it." -- Stars goaltender Ben Bishop

 

Need to know

Seguin, who had two assists, has five goals and four assists during a five-game point streak after having no points in his previous four games. ... Hitchcock moved Radulov off the top line with Benn and Seguin for most of the game to play with Shore and Janmark. ... Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko had an assist and has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past 10 games. ... St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo returned after missing five games with knee injury.

 

What's next

Blues: At the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-MW, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the Ottawa Senators on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

Video: Benn, Bishop lead Stars to 3-2 overtime victory

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