Coach Ken Hitchcock said for the Stars to improve their road record, they needed to do a better job of handling surges from the opposition. They failed Monday night in Carolina.
The Hurricanes scored four unanswered goals in the third period to surge past the Stars, 5-1, at PNC Arena
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Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen scored three goals over a 7:05 span of the third period to turn a 1-1 game into a 4-1 Hurricanes lead.
"It's disappointing," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "You go into the third period with a chance to win the game, and then you lay an egg. It's embarrassing."
"We had the game right there, and we cracked," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We were in a great position on the road, and we were the one that made the mistakes, got beat off the boards for three of the goals."
Alexander Radulov scored the lone goal, and Ben Bishop stopped 23 of 28 shots for the Stars (9-8-0) who fell to 3-6-0 on the road this season.
Video: DAL@CAR: Radulov rips home PPG, extends point streak
"This is more the norm right now than it is an accident," Hitchcock said. "This is not an accident. It's a lot easier to play at home than on the road. If we are going to get to another level, we are going to have to play a much firmer game on the road."
Along with Teravainen's four points (three goals, one assist), Jordan Staal tallied four assists, and Sebastian Aho recorded one goal and two assists for the Hurricanes. Scott Darling stopped 25 of 26 shots as Carolina extended its points streak to five games (3-0-2) and improved to 7-5-4 on the season.
"It's coming in the right direction," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "It takes time when you made as many changes as we did (in the offseason). It just takes time. Everyone wants instant gratification, but that's not the way it works."
The Stars dominated play early in the first period, recording six of the first seven shots on net in the game. But Carolina scored on its second shot to take a 1-0 lead.
After a Radek Faksa drop pass for John Klingberg misfired, the Hurricanes got a two-on-one rush that turned into a two-on-zero when Esa Lindell fell, and Aho scored to give the Hurricanes the lead 8:07 into the game.
The Hurricanes came close to extending their lead at 4:46 of the second period when Brock McGinn's backhand shot hit the post, slid across the crossbar and hit the other post. The goal horn went off, play was stopped, but video review showed it didn't enter the net.
Video: DAL@CAR: Bishop turns aside Skinner's backhand
The Stars tied the game at 8:44 of the second by taking advantage of their third power play of the game. Tyler Seguin grabbed the rebound of a Benn shot, circled behind the net and setup Radulov who scored from the right circle to make it a 1-1 game.
Teravainen put Carolina ahead 2-1 at the 2:39 mark of the third period, getting a wide-open look from the left circle with the Hurricanes on the power play and roofing a shot past a screened Bishop.
Teravainen made it a 3-1 game at the 6:51 mark, scoring from just beyond the top of the right circle off the rush. Teravainen pulled up and put the puck on net, and it deflected in off the stick of Klingberg.
Teravainen completed the hat trick 9:44 into the third when Staal won a puck battle along the boards and set up Teravainen who scored off a one-timer from the slot to make it 4-1.
Jeff Skinner rounded out the scoring with 2.6 seconds left to make it a 5-1 final.
"It was an even game after two periods, right where you want it," Hitchcock said. "They dialed it up, and we didn't answer the bell."
Video: Stars can't find offense in Carolina
The Stars have allowed four or more goals in seven of their nine road games and have allowed five goals four times in nine road games.
Carolina outshot the Stars 28-26 and had a 58-56 edge in shot attempts.
Martin Hanzal led the Stars with four shots on goal. Alexander Radulov was tops with seven shot attempts.
Radulov extended his points streak to eight games (five goals, six assists).
The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and 3-4 on the penalty kill.
Dallas won 35 of 65 faceoffs (54 percent). Tyler Seguin won 15 of 26 (58 percent). Jamie Benn won 10 of 15 (67 percent).
John Klingberg led the Stars with 21:36 of ice time.
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The Stars continue their road trip on Tuesday taking on the Florida Panthers. It will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Florida has lost six of its last seven games (1-4-2).
Video: Road struggles continue for the Stars
Gemel Smith - Jamie Benn - Alexander Radulov
Mattias Janmark - Tyler Seguin - Devin Shore
Jason Spezza - Martin Hanzal - Brett Ritchie
Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Tyler Pitlick
Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis - Greg Pateryn
Jamie Oleksiak - Stephen Johns
Scratched: Jason Dickinson, Remi Elie
Injured: Marc Methot (lower body)
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