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Benn, Seguin Keep Stars Rolling on the Road

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin made sure the Dallas Stars kept rolling on the road, and they helped the Stars really roll in Calgary Thursday night. Benn registered 6 points and Seguin scored 4 goals as the Stars routed the Calgary Flames, 7-3 to run their road winning streak to five games.

“[Benn] was outstanding. A six-point night is pretty impressive,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “His centerman had a pretty good night too.”

Benn scored one goal and assisted on five others, including all four of Seguin’s tallies.

“He’s a very dynamic player and we saw that tonight,” Benn said about Seguin. “Whenever you give that guy time and space, he’s going to make you pay. He did that tonight.”

Seguin set a career high with the four goals in the game, and he added an assist, setting up Benn’s one goal in the game.

“We’ve been bonding together off the ice as well. We’re still pretty new to each other, but the chemistry is coming along,” Seguin said of his play with Benn. “It’s tough to score in this league, but sometimes you get the bounces. But I was really happy with our effort tonight, especially on a back-to-back.”

Stephane Robidas and Ryan Garbutt also scored for the Stars. Alex Goligoski had three assists and Valeri Nichushkin chipped in two helpers.

The Stars, who are 7-2-2 over their last 11 games, improved to 10-7-2 on the season.

“Lately we’ve had some success on the road and I think it is because we are playing a simple game, and playing the right way,” Benn said. “And we’ve been getting some great goaltending in those games.”

The Stars’ offense took the pressure of goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 25 of 28 shots to improve to 9-3-2 on the season.

The Stars, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, scored the all-important first goal of the night. Jamie Benn stole the puck from Flames forward Sean Monahan on the backcheck, setting up the Stars on the rush and the end result was Stephane Robidas scoring off a shot from the point at the 6:27 mark.

The Stars blew the game open with four goals in the second period to extend their lead to 5-0 over the Flames.

Benn put a shot on net and Seguin scored on the rebound of his own shot to put the Stars up 2-0 at the 1:19 mark.

A little more than three minutes later, Goligoski picked off a pass in the neutral zone, passed it to Seguin, who quickly moved it to Benn, who beat Flames goaltender Reto Berra with a diving backhand shot at the 4:25 mark.

The Flames had a chance to cut into the lead with the game’s first power play, but the Stars killed it off and less than a minute later Benn set up Seguin, who beat Berra with a shot from the right circle at 8:32 to make it a 4-0 game. That was it for Berra, who was pulled after allowing four goals on 17 shots. Karri Ramo took over in net.

The Stars made it a 5-0 game a little more than three minutes later when Antoine Roussel set up Ryan Garbutt, who beat Ramo from close range at the 11:56 mark.

“Odd-man rush after odd-man rush in the second,” said Flames forward Matt Stajan. “They seemed to score every time.”

The Flames finally got on the board with 4:59 left in the second period when Stajan scored off a blast from the left circle to cut Dallas’ lead to 5-1.

Seguin scored his third of the night just 30 seconds into the third to put the Stars up 6-1. Nichushkin came out from behind the net, put a shot on goal and Seguin put the rebound past Ramo from just below the left circle for his second career hat trick.

Calgary’s David Jones scored on the power play 4:46 into the third to make it a 6-2 game. The Stars got a 4:00 power play midway through the third, but Stajan scored shorthanded to make it a 6-3 game with 7:44 remaining.

But the Stars went on another power play later in the period, and Benn set up Seguin, who scored from the right circle for his fourth goal of the night to make it a 7-3 game and round out the scoring in the game.

The Stars wrap up the road trip Sunday in Vancouver.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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