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Seguin has 5 points as Stars beat Canucks, 6-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 6, 2014 at 11:55 pm •  Published: March 6, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin didn't realize he had become a part of Dallas Stars history until he looked up at the video board.

That's when he learned he had tied a team record with his third hat trick of the season, joining Mike Modano and Bill Guerin. Seguin also had two assists Thursday night as the Stars beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-1.

"Until I saw it on the board, I wasn't aware," he said.

He was especially pleased to be in the company of Modano, whose No. 9 will be retired at the Stars' game Saturday.

"It's awesome," Seguin said. "I talk a lot with him when he comes to game. He tells me a couple of things about my game."

Seguin, the team leader with 29 goals, has had two of the NHL's six five-point games this season.

Jamie Benn, Alex Goligoski and Ryan Garbutt also scored for Dallas, which built a 5-0 lead. Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves, and Benn and Rich Peverley each had two assists.

Seguin scored twice in the first period, and completed his hat trick at 12:53 of the third by squeezing the puck through a narrow opening past Canucks backup goalie Jacob Markstrom.

Vancouver's Zac Dalpe scored at 18:15 of the second period.

Dallas solidified its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, improving to 9-3-2 in their last 14 goals.

The fading Canucks, 11th in the West, dropped to 1-10-1 in their last 12 and fell four points behind Dallas.

Vancouver coach John Tortorella said he didn't believe his team quit.

"I still think there is the people in (the locker room) that can help us pull through this and we're going to keep on going about it each day."

Canucks goalie Eddie Lack stopped only 12 of 17 shots before Markstrom replaced him. Markstrom, acquired earlier this week in the trade that sent Roberto Luongo to Florida, had four saves.

"It feels like we're ready when the game starts, and then we kind of just collapsed today," Lack said. "For me, I kind of just have to look at myself tonight ... and have to be better."

Benn put in a rebound 2:57 into the game after Lack had stopped Seguin's backhand.

Seguin scored the second goal on a power play. He took a pass from Alex Chiasson behind the Canucks' defense and fired into the upper right corner from in front of the net.

"That was a big message before tonight's game, was our starts," Seguin said.

The Stars had been outscored 6-0 in the first period of their previous three games.

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