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Stars tame Wild run points streak to eight

The Dallas Stars ran their points streak to eight games (6-0-2) and moved into fourth place in the Western Conference with a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at American Airlines Center.

Kari Lehtonen made 14 saves for his first shutout of the season and the 15th of his career. Jamie Benn gave the Stars a first period lead when he ran his goal scoring streak to six straight games and then Trevor Daley, Tom Wandell and Mike Ribeiro all scored in a 1:31 span late in the second period to blow the game open.

Quotable

“It was nice. I wasn’t thinking about it that much anymore. It seemed like it wasn’t coming ever. It was nice. There was not much going on the whole game there. I give a ton of credit to our guys, how well they played and helped me out there.” – Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, on getting his first shutout of the season and first since March 10, 2009

[Kari] had those key saves at the key moments of the game. It was fun to see him get the shutout.” – Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman

“We had a great end to the second period. I give our guys credit because I think they smelled the blood in the water, so to speak. They really did have a killer instinct at the end of that second period. We put together four of five good shifts in a row and when we got our chances they ended up burying them. … I thought we were decent through most of the game. You really do have to have those moments where you grab the game by the throat and our guys did that tonight.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

Notes

*The Stars’ eight-game points streak ties their season points streak for the season. The had points in eight straight from January 2 through January 20 (7-0-1).

*The Stars have won 14 straight games against Minnesota in Dallas.

*Jamie Benn ran his goal scoring streak to six games, which is the longest active streak in the league and tied for the longest streak this season.

*Trevor Daley’s goal gave him 26 points for the season, a new career-high.

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in eight straight games and have a total of 27 goals during that span for an average of 3.4 per game.

First period

There were four power plays -- two for each team -- in the first six minutes of the game, but neither the Stars nor the Wild could take advantage.

The Stars got on the board at 12:02 of the first period when Jamie Benn ran his goal scoring streak to six games. After Jamie Langenbrunner chipped the puck into the neutral zone, Benn poked the puck away from the Wild’s Eric Nystrom, broke in on net and beat Jose Theodore with a backhand shot.

Second period

The Stars blew the game open with three goals in a 1:31 span late in the period.

The Stars extended the lead to 2-0 with 3:08 left in the period when Trevor Daley pinched in on the offensive play, put a shot on net from the left corner and it went in off the stick off Wild forward Kyle Brodziak.

Tom Wandell scored 1:13 later to make it a 3-0 game and then 18 seconds after that Minnesota’s Matt Cullen turned over the puck into the slot and Mike Ribeiro whipped into the net to make it a 4-0 game.

Third period

Kari Lehtonen stopped three shots in the third period to get the shutout, his first of the season.

Stars forward Adam Burish left the game with a lower body injury and did not return.

Stars lineup

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Lehtonen

Raycroft (backup)

Scratched: Barch, Sutherby, Fistric

Injured: None

Power play units

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Penalty kill units

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