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Benn scores two goals, Stars top Canucks for fourth straight win

Bishop makes 32 saves; Vancouver loses opener of six-game road trip

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

Benn roofs PPG for second goal

VAN@DAL: Benn lifts rebound home from circle for PPG

Jamie Benn picks up a rebound at the bottom of the circle and rips a top-shelf wrister home on the power play for his second goal of the game

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DALLAS -- Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist for the Dallas Stars in their fourth straight win, 6-1 against the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Miro Heiskanen, Justin Dowling and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist, and Ben Bishop made 32 saves for Dallas (12-8-2), which is 11-1-1 in its past 13 games after a 1-7-1 start.

"It's felt great," Stars defenseman Taylor Fedun said of the turnaround. "We're doing a lot of things together out there, finding different ways to win games and ultimately doing a good job at keeping the puck out of our net.

"Both of our goaltenders have been superb for us here, and our team game has really taken strides in the right direction. We're a confident bunch when we're playing this way."


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Bo Horvat scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 25 saves for Vancouver (10-8-4), which opened a six-game road trip and is winless in three straight games (0-2-1).

"We wanted to play a better game, and obviously goaltending's a big part of that too," Markstrom said. "You're not going to win many games when you let six goals in. It's pretty obvious when we're on our game or not."

Benn scored on a backhand shot at 7:53 of the first period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Radek Faksa had the primary assist to extend his career-high point streak to seven games (three goals, five assists).

Video: VAN@DAL: Benn sneaks backhander through five-hole

Alexander Radulov and Jason Dickinson were called for back to back penalties in the second period, but the Canucks failed to score on a two-man advantage for 1:16, when Bishop made three saves against Brock Boeser.

"I thought [Bishop] was incredible tonight," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "Kept them at bay, made a lot of difficult saves look easy and [gave up] no rebounds, especially on that 5-on-3."

Benn scored his second of the game with a wrist shot on the power play at 9:59 to make it 2-0. He has five points (three goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak.

"I'm just trying to continue to do the right things," Benn said. "You get your bounces some nights, and sometimes you don't."

Horvat scored on a breakaway at 11:24 to make it 2-1, but Fedun gave the Stars a 3-1 lead at 13:37 on a rebound. It was his first goal of the season.

"I think a big part of it is just finishing," Fedun said. "In some of those earlier games we were getting the looks, but they weren't going in. But we kept working at it, stuck with it, and we're starting to see the fruits of our labor here."

Heiskanen gave Dallas a 4-1 lead with a wrist shot from the right circle at 2:44 of the third period, and Dowling scored 42 seconds later to make it 5-1 at 3:26.

Video: VAN@DAL: Dowling chips rebound home from the doorstep

Dowling has scored the first three NHL goals in the past four games.

"It's one of those things that you just have to keep going with it and hopefully things work out," Dowling said. "If you work hard, do things right and don't get too down on yourself, things are going to turn around for you. I've scored goals before, and once one goes in, the ball starts rolling a little bit for me and you just gain confidence."

Perry scored at 8:29 during a delayed penalty for the 6-1 final.

"We obviously didn't have our game tonight," Horvat said. "It's a long road trip, and that's not the way we wanted to start this one off."


They said it

"I don't know if it was the first 10 minutes; it wasn't just that. We weren't very good all night. The other team came out with a purpose." -- Canucks coach Travis Green

"That stretch we had at the beginning, if we can get through that and come together as a team and build off of the wins we got after that, it's a snowball effect. That's kind of what's going on right now." -- Stars center Justin Dowling


Need to know

Horvat ended a nine-game goal drought. … The Stars are 16-2-3 in their past 21 games against the Canucks. … Dallas forward Tyler Seguin had two assists; he's had three consecutive multipoint games (two goals, five assists). … Stars forward Blake Comeau extended his point streak to three games (two goals, one assist).


What's next

Canucks: At the Nashville Predators on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, SNP, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Video: Benn's two goals help Stars defeat Canucks, 6-1

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