CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — In the same city where Canada held its Olympic orientation camp in August, two talented forwards who were passed over made a strong case for being included at the Sochi Games.
Tyler Seguin scored four goals and Jamie Benn had a career-high six points to lead the Dallas Stars over the slumping Calgary Flames 7-3 on Thursday night.
"I actually texted Jamie, probably early August when the camp list came out," Seguin said. "I didn't know him too well but I texted him about it. Yeah, I think we both wanted to make a statement."
While it makes the odds longer, not being at the camp doesn't necessarily mean a player won't get picked for the Olympics. For example, Boston's Patrice Bergeron was selected for the 2010 team after not being at the camp.
"There's obviously so many good players in this league that didn't get picked," Benn said. "There's obviously some pretty high talent at that camp in the summer. It is what it is. I just came in to camp this year with the focus of being the best player I can be."
Benn had a goal and five assists. Stephane Robidas and Ryan Garbutt also scored for the Stars, who have won five of six and reeled off five straight road victories. Alex Goligoski had three assists.
Dallas scored four consecutive goals in the second period to hand the Flames their fifth loss in a row.
Benn is off to a terrific start with 22 points this season, two back of the NHL lead shared by Sidney Crosby and Alexander Steen.
The top Stars line of Seguin, Benn and rookie Valeri Nichushkin was too quick, too skilled and too elusive for the Flames, who were a step behind all night and could not contain them.
"There was a point where Tyler and I started laughing at each other," said Benn, whose previous high for points in a game was three. "You definitely don't want to embarrass the other team, but it's just one of those nights where everything was clicking."
Dallas coach Lindy Ruff thinks the two should be opening some eyes when it comes to the prospects of playing for Team Canada.
"You'd hope that they're catching some attention. They've had a very good start for us and they've been leading our team offensively," Ruff said. "Like most teams, you don't often find one guy up in the standings, it's usually two guys that work well together. Those two guys have had chemistry ever since camp."
Since the July 4 trade that sent Seguin from Boston to Dallas in a multiplayer deal, the two have quickly become good friends.
"Right from Day 1, we were shooting texts back and forth when we found out about the trade. I was definitely excited to have a player like him join our hockey club," Benn said. "We're living in the same building back home so we're spending a lot of time together and that's translating to chemistry on the ice."