The Dallas Stars snapped a three-game road losing streak with a 3-2 win at Colorado Monday night. Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist for the Stars, and Brenden Morrow also scored. Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 of 31 shots. The Stars improved to 4-5-1 on the season.
Benn breaks out
After picking up just one assist in his first four games, Jamie Benn got on track in the points department Monday night, registering 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist). He scored 2:21 into the game to put the Stars up 1-0, stealing the puck from Matt Hunwick and scoring on a breakaway. He scored the game winning goal late in the second, beating Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov with a shot from the slot during a delayed penalty. The three-point night was the eighth of Benn’s career. It was his ninth multi-goal game.
Morrow notches first goal
Brenden Morrow, who came into the game with no goals and just two shots on goal, scored his first goal of the season on his third shot of the season, knocking home of the rebound of a Jaromir Jagr shot midway through the first period to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.
Two for the road
Monday’s win was just the second on the road for the Stars, who improved to 2-4-0 on the road this season. The Stars, who had scored just four goals in their first five road games, almost matched that total with their three goals in Colorado Monday night.
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen came up big early, making a stop on a close range shot by Milan Hejduk.
The Stars got on the board 2:21 when Jamie Benn poked the puck away from Colorado defenseman Matt Hunwick, broke in on net and beat Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov with a wrist shot.
There was a brief delay at the 3:18 mark when referee Chris Rooney was hit in the neck with a deflected puck behind the Colorado net. Rooney, who left the game and did not return, was said to be fine according to the NBC Sports Network broadcast.
The Stars made it 2-0 at the 11:18 mark when Jaromir Jagr got to a loose puck off an offensive zone draw, skated to the slot, put a shot on net and Brenden Morrow scored off the rebound for his first goal of the season.
The Stars had a full 2:00 of five-on-three power play time 13 minutes into the period, had four shots on goal, but couldn’t get a puck past Varlamov.
The Avalanche got on the board with 1:48 left in the first when Hejduk put home a rebound with Colorado on the rush.
The Stars got into penalty trouble in the second period, taking three minors in a five-minute span. Colorado cashed in on the third power play chance when PA Parenteau knocked home the rebound of a Paul Stastny shot to make it a 2-2 game at the 11:33 mark.
The Stars got the lead back just under four minutes later. With Lehtonen out of the net for an extra attacker during a delayed penalty call, the Stars held the puck for an extended period of time before Derek Roy set up Benn, who scored from the slot at the 15:29 mark.
Colorado had their fifth power play chance of the night at the 6:42 mark of the third period, but weren’t able to take advantage.
The Stars did a good job of limiting Colorado chances throughout the period, and then Colorado got into penalty trouble late in the period, taking back-to-back penalties with just under six minutes remaining in the game.
The Stars conclude their three-game road trip with a game at Edmonton, where they will take on the Oilers for the first time this season.
Injured: Whitney (foot)
Scratched: Larsen, Garbutt, Wandell