Daley, Benn score in 3rd to lift Stars over Sens

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm •  Published: March 22, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — Somebody had to win the matchup between struggling teams, and the Dallas Stars got the best of the Ottawa Senators.

Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn scored third-period goals to help the Stars beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Saturday.

The Stars snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) and sent the Senators to their sixth consecutive defeat (0-5-1), tying Ottawa's longest skid this season.

"They've answered almost every call this year," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "From the (six-game losing streak) in January to this little bit of a tough stretch. We've just got to stay with it."

Jordie Benn had two assists for the Stars. Cody Eakin had tied the game with a second-period goal.

"This is just playoff hockey now the rest of the way," Ruff said. "You're going to have to have the ability to come back. You're going to need some big saves at crucial times."

Kari Lehtonen did that after Erik Karlsson netted Ottawa's goal just 3:27 into the game.

Lehtonen made 26 saves in his second game since returning from a head injury sustained on March 11 in Dallas' previous victory.

The most important stop came after Eakin's tying goal at 15:07 of the second. Ottawa's Erik Condra took a shot from in front that Lehtonen stopped, but he and Condra ended up in the net. The play was ruled no goal.

"I was able to make the save," Lehtonen said. "The puck was in front of my pads. He got pushed from behind, and he pushed me into the net.

"It could have gone the other way too. It was good to see (the referee) was on top of the play, so I wasn't too worried about it."

Lehtonen lost at Philadelphia on Thursday.

"I felt good in Philadelphia. The result wasn't very good," Lehtonen said. "(Saturday) I got a couple of good bounces and a couple of posts, and the end result was good."

Senators coach Paul MacLean said that teams create their own good fortune.

"If you don't feel you have any puck luck, then you're not working hard enough on a day-to-day basis," he said. "You shouldn't expect a break or something to go your way unless you're out there doing the work."

Daley's goal, following a brief power play, came after Senators goalie Robin Lehner stopped Colton Sceviour's shot. Dallas' Ray Whitney retrieved the puck and passed it to Daley.



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