- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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The Dallas Stars tied a franchise record with their seventh straight road win Sunday, beating the Minnesota Wild 4-0. Andrew Raycroft made 26 saves for his second shutout of the season and ninth of his career. Jamie Benn scored two goals, Trevor Daley had a goal and an assist and James Neal scored as well. Brad Richards and Brenden Morrow each had two assists for the Stars, who improved to 25-13-5 on the season.
“We focused on us tonight and we wanted to play our game. We knew they were hot coming in and we’ve been playing pretty good on the road. We just kept it the same, got a good effort and our goalie played great tonight.” – Stars forward Jamie Benn
“We knew they traveled and played last night. We just a great job staying out of the box and not giving them any quality chances at all. – Stars goaltender Andrew Raycroft
*The Stars have outscored their opposition 24-12 during their seven-game road winning streak.
*Andrew Raycroft is 4-0-0 in his last four road starts with a 1.69 goals against average and .949 save percentage.)
*The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill and are 21-23 (91.3%) on the PK over their last seven road games.
*The Stars have scored four goals in each of their last five road wins.
*Jamie Benn, who scored two goals, had his first multi-goal game of the season.
*Benn led the Stars with seven shots on goal in the game.
*Loui Eriksson ran his points streak to seven games (one goal, eight assists).
*Mike Ribeiro ran his points streak to six games (three goals, four assists).
*The Stars improved to 19-2-1 when scoring first.
*The Stars won 23 of 42 (55%) faceoffs in the game.
Injured: Petersen (leg), Skrastins (head), Niskanen (hand)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
The Stars took the lead 2:33 into the game with a goal of the rush. Brad Richards sent a cross-ice pass from the right wing to Trevor Daley, who joined the rush and tipped the puck past Wild goalie Jose Theodore from close range.
The Stars thought they had made it a 2-0 game a little more than four minutes later, but the goal was waved off and Adam Burish went to the penalty box for goaltender interference. The Wild came close to scoring on the power play, but a Pierre-Marc Bouchard shot rang off the post.
Daley came close to extending the lead with about five minutes left in the period when he pinched down in the offensive zone again, took a backhand pass from Mike Ribeiro but his point blank shot was turned away by Theodore.
The Stars did make it a 2-0 game with 49 seconds left in the period when Jamie Benn took a pass from Nicklas Grossman in the defensive zone, skated into the offensive zone, slipped around Cam Barker while slipping the puck through the Minnesota defenseman’s legs and then scored off a wrist shot from the left circle.
Jamie Langenbrunner, playing his first game since being acquired from New Jersey, opened the game on a line with Steve Ott and Adam Burish. He also played the point on the power play. He ended the period with 3:12 of ice time and two shots on goal.
Andrew Raycroft got the start in net for Stars and stopped all eleven shots he saw in the period.
Brandon Segal was a scratch for the Stars. Karlis Skrastins, Matt Niskanen and Toby Petersen all remain out with injuries.
There was no scoring in the second period. The Stars outshot Minnesota 9-5 in the period.
Theodore had a nice stop on Benn early in the period to keep it a 2-0 game.
Minnesota had a power play chance just under eight minutes into the third and a chance to cut into the lead, but couldn’t get much going.
The Stars had back-to-back power plays late in the period, had plenty of time in the Minnesota zone but could not extend the lead.
Both goaltenders came up with big stops early in the period to maintain the status quo. Raycroft made a sharp save on a redirection by Martin Havlat and Theodore made two great stops on Benn from close range to keep the Wild close.
But the Stars finally broke it open with goals by James Neal and Benn later in the period. After a shot by Daley, Brad Richards got the rebound and centered to Neal, who skated into the slot and his shot got through Theodore and trickled over the goal line at the 9:52 mark.
A little less than five minutes later Benn got to a loose puck in the slot and beat Theodore with a wrist shot at the 14:28 mark.