Timing of power play goals is key

It's easy to look at power play percentages and talk about whether a team is good or bad on the man-advantage. But when goals are scored on the power play matter too.

The Stars had great timing on Monday. They scored on their second power play, six minutes into the game. Steve Ott drew a cross check and the Stars got the goal when Jamie Benn put in a rebound. Dallas was playing better at that point and got the game's first goal.

It stayed 1-0 into the third period when Carolina was whistled for its second too many men on the ice penalty. The Stars took advantage with a Brad Richards goal (it nearly touched Brenden Morrow's stick, but didn't) to get a cushion.

"When you score those goals is important," Richards said. "You want to have good power plays, but you have to score goals at the critical times. We did that."

The Stars have scored two power play goals in back-to-back games since Dec. 2007. Can they make it three in a row on Wednesday against St. Louis?