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Stars top Golden Knights, tie franchise record with seventh straight win

Radulov has two goals, assist for Dallas, which extends point streak to 12 games

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

Radulov cleans up for second goal

VGK@DAL: Radulov sends rebound to the twine for a PPG

Alexander Radulov picks up the rebound and quickly fires a backhanded shot that finds the twine, pushing the Stars' lead to 4-2 in the 3rd

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DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars tied their franchise record with a seventh consecutive win, 4-2 against the Vegas Golden Knights at American Airlines Center on Monday.

Dallas has won seven straight four times, the most recent from Jan. 29-Feb. 11, 2008. The Minnesota North Stars won seven in a row from March 16-28, 1980. 

"It's fun, but we still think there's stuff to work on," Stars defenseman John Klingberg said. "That's the good thing, but we keep rolling, we have confidence, and we play the right way. We feel like we get results from that. We've got to keep doing the right thing here and keep building."


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Alexander Radulov had two power-play goals and an assist, Klingberg had three assists, and Ben Bishop made 26 saves for the Stars (15-8-2). Dallas has a 12-game point streak (11-0-1) and is 14-1-1 in its past 16 after starting the season 1-7-1.

"It's good, it's not a secret that everybody is working in all the games," Radulov said. "Different guys are stepping up. It was a huge win. It's good that different lines are stepping up and we get that result. Everybody played a good, solid game."

Video: VGK@DAL: Radulov deflects the puck for a PPG

Shea Theodore and Paul Stastny scored, and Malcolm Subban made 24 saves for the Golden Knights (11-11-4), who are on a three-game winless streak (0-2-1).

"It was a tough loss," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "We had a tough start to the first period with the two penalties and falling behind 2-0. After that, we battled back pretty hard and made it a game. But you can't get behind against a really good team like that."

Jason Dickinson scored on a wrist shot on the rush at 17:41 of the second period to give the Stars a 3-1 lead.

"Yeah [it was deflating]," Stastny said about the Stars' third goal. "But like I said, sometimes those mistakes drown us. In this game, when you're playing a team that's so good, it's the little things. One play here and one play there make the difference."

Video: VGK@DAL: Dickinson pots goal to add to Stars' lead

The Golden Knights had four power-play opportunities in the second period, including 18 seconds of 5-on-3, but could not convert. They outshot the Stars 13-2 in the period.

"It didn't look sharp at all," Gallant said about the power play. "That really hurt us. It's been good all year, but it didn't look sharp tonight. They did a good job with their PK, but we just didn't execute or get good scoring opportunities."

"Special teams affect a lot in the game and we did a great job of that today," Stars defenseman Esa Lindell said. "They're a high-paced team and they play quickly. It was a good test for us today."

Stastny scored on a backhand in the slot at 1:23 of the third period to cut the lead to 3-2. It was Stastny's 900th NHL game and 699th NHL point.

Video: VGK@DAL: Stastny pots quick backhand in 900th game

Radulov scored with a backhand at 12:11 to make it 4-2.

Radulov gave the Stars a 1-0 lead when he deflected a Klingberg shot off his body at 11:42 of the first period.

"Our starts haven't been good enough," Golden Knights forward Mark Stone said. "If we start the game on time, we're usually on top at the end."

Lindell made it 2-0 at 13:25, converting a cross-ice pass from Andrew Cogliano.

Video: VGK@DAL: Lindell scores in 1st period

Theodore scored from the right circle at 13:48 of the second period to make it 2-1.

Dallas went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and is 15-for-15 over the past four games.

"They did a really good job pressuring us and I think we needed to break that pressure," Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt said. "We tried to make one too many plays."


They said it

"When games like these are that tight, sometimes special teams is the difference. They had two power-play goals and we had a bunch of chances in the second period but didn't capitalize, let alone get much momentum off of them." -- Golden Knights forward Paul Stastny

"We've really matured throughout the year. This win streak and this run we've been on, we don't want to get too excited and pat ourselves on the back because we've got to continue to get better. There are certain parts of our game that need to be better, but there is a lot of confidence on the bench and a lot of different people stepping up and saying the right things. They're pushing each other, which is nice to see." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery


Need to know

Stastny had a season-high six shots on goal. … Klingberg has four assists in his past two games after missing the previous seven with an injury. … Lindell played a game-high 23:59, including 5:13 shorthanded. … It is the Stars first win in four games against the Golden Knights at American Airlines Center. … Stars forward Tyler Seguin had two assists and has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past six games.


What's next

Golden Knights: At the Nashville Predators on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Stars: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, NHL.TV)

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