The Dallas Stars moved into eighth place in the Western Conference with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night at American Airlines Center. Five different Dallas players scored goals – Derek Roy, Jordie Benn, Erik Nystrom, Cody Eakin and Jaromir Jagr. Jamie Benn had three assists in the game. Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 of 35 shots. The Stars, who won for the third time in the last four games, improved to 15-13-3 on the season.
Stars move into top eight
With both San Jose and Columbus losing Saturday, the Stars jumped from tenth in the Western Conference to eighth. They hold a one point lead over the Sharks, Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators.
Stars start strong
The Stars got off to a strong start Saturday, getting a goal from Derek Roy 34 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. Jordie Benn’s first NHL goal, which came on the power play, extended the lead to 2-0 midway through the first. Over the past four games, the Stars have outscored their opponents 7-0 in the first period.
Jordie Benn scores first NHL goal, Jagr stays hot
Stars defenseman Jordie Benn scored his first NHL goal, tallying on the power play midway through the first period to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.
Jaromir Jagr scored in the third period to extend the Stars lead to 5-2. Jagr has tallied eight goals over the last eleven games.
The Stars struck just 34 seconds into the game. After picking a pass off the in defensive zone to set the Stars up on the rush, Derek Roy finished it off by cashing on a shot from the slot.
The Stars made it 2-0 by cashing in on their first power play of the night. Jordie Benn backhanded a rebound from the left circle past Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov at the 9:57 mark.
The Avalanche thought they had cut the lead to 2-1 with just over three minutes left in the first, but the goal was waved off due to contact with the goaltender.
The Stars made it 3-0 just 58 into the period when Jamie Benn put a shot on from close range and Eric Nystrom banged home the rebound.
The Stars struck again at the 4:37 mark when Jamie Benn circle out from behind the net, lost the puck and had it go right to Cody Eakin, who scored from the slot. That ended the night for Varlamov, who gave up four goals on 15 shots and was replaced by Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
The Stars almost made it 5-0 with a power play goal with just under eight minutes left in the period, but Jaromir Jagr redirection rang of crossbar.
The Avalanche got on the board late in the period, cashing on a power play chance when PA Parenteau scored into the open side of the net from the right circle with 54.1 seconds left in the second.
The Avalanche made it a 4-2 game at the 1:37 mark of the third. Paul Stastny beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen with a shot from the left circle off the rush.
The Avalanche had some good pressure around the five minute mark of the third, but couldn’t cut the lead to one and Jaromir Jagr bounced a wrap-around attempt off an Avalanche defender and into the net at the 6:44 mark to make it a 5-2 lead for the Stars.
There was a scrum with 1:24 left in the game that resulted in a few misconducts and the Stars getting one final power play in the game.
Injured: Rome (foot), Garbutt (hand)