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Stars top Lightning in OT, end Vasilevskiy's winning streak at 10

Benn scores second of game 2:07 in; Stamkos has two goals for Tampa Bay

by Josh Clark / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Benn's beautiful OT winner

TBL@DAL: Benn wins it in overtime for Stars

Jamie Benn shows off his hand-eye coordination in breaking up a pass and dekes by Andrei Vasilevskiy to hand the Stars an overtime win

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DALLAS -- Andrei Vasilevskiy's 10-game winning streak ended when Jamie Benn scored his second goal 2:07 into overtime, giving the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning at American Airlines Center on Monday.

Vasilevskiy made 32 saves, and Steven Stamkos scored two goals for the Lightning (29-15-5), who are 2-2-1 in their past five games after a 10-game winning streak.

"It was a little sloppy, for sure," Stamkos said of Tampa Bay's first game since Jan. 17. "Way too many odd-man rushes, and [Vasilevskiy] was huge for us again. I don't know if it was a little rust from the break, but that's not the recipe for us to be successful and we haven't played that way in a while.

"We'll take the point here, but we need to shore it up."

 

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Denis Gurianov scored, and Ben Bishop made 23 saves for Dallas (28-17-4), which completed the season sweep of Tampa Bay in its first game since Jan. 18.

"We were making plays tonight," Stars coach Rick Bowness said. "We were moving the puck and we were making good decisions out there at their blue line. When they were backed in and gave us the blue line, we made some pretty good plays"

Video: TBL@DAL: Gurianov races past defender and scores

Stamkos deflected a Nikita Kucherov shot for a goal at 13:41 of the second period to give the Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.

"It wasn't really pretty tic-tac-toe play," Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh said of their offensive play. "It was straightforward and putting the puck to the net.

"You see our goals that we did score coming off of shots that we put with bodies and traffic. That's how you have to score."

Gurianov scored on the rush at 17:49 to tie the game 1-1. It was his 12th goal of the season and third in the past six games.

"We didn't give up a whole lot," Bowness said. "I thought we rebounded very well and dominated the second period, and it was an even third. Most of that offense came from good defense. We didn't give up much, but we created a lot."

Benn scored on his backhand on a breakaway at 9:06 of the third to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.

"That's just how it goes," Benn said. "As long as we stick with it, stick with our game plan and our details, that gives us the best chance to win, and that is what we did tonight."

Stamkos scored his second goal of the night at 18:34 with Vasilevskiy pulled for the extra attacker to tie the game 2-2.

"Give the guys a lot of credit for coming up in the last five minutes, especially during that 6-on-5 with the tying goal," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It was just turnovers and it was fitting that the game ended on a turnover. We got a point out of it, so we'll take that to start here."

Stars forward Roope Hintz left the game after sustaining an upper-body injury during his first shift.

Stars forward Andrew Cogliano left the game at 13:41 of the second period with a lower-body injury.

Bowness said each forward is day to day.

The Stars and Lightning each went 0-for-4 on the power play.

"It wasn't nearly good enough," Bowness said. "I thought we got outworked on the power play. We didn't make good decisions on the rush. It's got to be a whole lot better."

Lightning forward Brayden Point said, "The power play wasn't great tonight, and we didn't generate many high-quality chances. They did a good job and give them credit, but it's on us to work out plays that can generate scoring chances."

Video: TBL@DAL: Benn beats Vasilevskiy on breakaway

 

They said it

"Our compete was there in the game, but our brains just weren't in it. We gave up more chances tonight on turnovers and odd-man rushes than we've given up in two months combined. You can chop it up to whatever you want. It's unfortunate because it was a winnable game for us. It's rare this year that we've laid a game on our goalie to bail us out, but he definitely bailed us out and got us a point tonight." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

"These guys in here have that firepower. Any moment, he can come out and tonight was a perfect example. Jamie has been doing a lot of things for this team that doesn't necessarily get the recognition night in and night out. Big hits, fighting guys, he's been doing a lot of good things. It's nice to see him get rewarded tonight with the goals because he's been playing really good for us." -- Stars goalie Ben Bishop on the play of Jamie Benn

Video: Benn gives Dallas the win in overtime

 

Need to know

Kucherov had two assists and leads the Lightning in goals (22), assists (34) and points (56). … It was Benn's first multigoal game since Nov. 19. … Benn is tied with Tyler Seguin for second in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history with seven overtime goals. Mike Modano had nine.

 

What's next

Lightning: At the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

Stars: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, SN, TVAS, NHL.TV)

Video: Benn lifts Stars past Lightning in overtime

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