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Monday, November 29, 2010
Stars' winning streak hits four games

By Mark Stepneski

The Dallas Stars ran their overall winning streak to four games and their road winning streak to three games with an impressive 4-1 win at Carolina Monday night. James Neal scored two goals, Jamie Benn had one goal and one assist and Steve Ott tallied as well. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots for the Stars, who improved to 14-8-1 on the season. The Stars host the Washington Capitals Thursday night at American Airlines Center.

First period

James Neal scored the only goal of the period, taking a pass from Loui Erikson and beating Carolina goalie Cam Ward high and short side with a shot from the right circle at the 10:50 mark.

The Stars had the better chances in the period, but Ward made some nice stops. He made a glove save on Brenden Morrow early in the game, and appeared to get a piece of a shot as Eriksson was busting in on net. Brad Richards also got a clean break on the net and shot wide.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 12 shots in the period, and made a nice save on Patrick Dwyer’s shot from the right circle to keep it a 1-0 game.

Some notes from the first. Second period

The Stars scored two goals 1:33 apart to build a 3-0 lead early in the second period. The first one came just seconds after they killed off Carolina’s second power play of the game. The Stars took off on the rush and after Trevor Daley fanned on a shot, Jamie Benn got the puck behind the net and set up Steve Ott, who scored from close range to make it a 2-0 game at the 2:46 mark.

James Neal scored his second goal of the game at 4:19 of the second, getting the rebound of his own shot off the endboards and beating Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward with a shot from the left circle.

Ward kept it a 3-0 game, making a great pad save on Loui Eriksson’s shot from the slot a short time later.

Carolina finally broke through at the 7:57 mark with the two teams playing four-on-four. Eric Staal knocked Nicklas Grossman off a puck at the Carolina blue line, skated down the left wing and roofed a shot from the left circle to make it a 3-1 game.

Some notes from the second period. Third period

The Stars made it a 4-1 game at the 3:21 mark with another goal off the rush. This time it was Jamie Benn knocking home a rebound off a battle in front of the net to run his goal scoring streak to three games.

There was a significant scrum three minutes later when Tim Gleason hit Adam Burish in the neutral zone. The end result was Gleason, Burish, Steve Ott and Trevor Daley all ending up in the penalty box and Carolina with a 2:00 power play. But the Stars killed it off to keep it a 4-1 game.