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Stars' Benn reflects on scoring title, missing playoffs

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Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn joined NHL Live to look back at the season and discuss winning the Art Ross Trophy as the League's leading scorer.

Benn will have hip surgery after playing through pain in each hip throughout the season.

"I was able to play in every game this year and it wasn't as bad as it sounded, I don't think," Benn said. "It wasn't affecting me out there. I was able to play and get through it."

Despite the ailment, Benn played in all 82 games and set a new career-high in goals (35), assists (52) and points (87). His hat trick in the Stars' season-ending win against the Nashville Predators helped him pass New York Islanders center John Tavares by one point for the scoring title after assisting on Cody Eakin's goal with 8.5 seconds remaining.

"It means a lot," Benn said. "My teammates really gave it all for me. I have to thank them, a lot."

The Stars' fifth-round pick (No. 129) in the 2007 NHL Draft, Benn became the lowest drafted player to win the Art Ross Trophy. He was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending April 12 after scoring five goals to lead the Stars to three straight wins, and had 12 goals and 23 points in his final 12 games.

Although the Stars (41-31-10) missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they finished 14-5-0 and were 31-18-5 in the season's final four weeks with Benn and teammate Tyler Seguin each finishing in the top 10 in goals and points.

"It was a tough start this year," Benn said. "Maybe we thought we could outscore teams to win games but it really just comes down to defense and playing a good defensive game. That's what's going to win you games and give you the best chance to make the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup."

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