NHL
Complete – March 29, 2016 – 8:30 PM ET – American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas – Attendance: 18,265 – Duration: 2 Hours, 36 Minutes
Officials
 
Linesman #55 Shane Heyer
Linesman #66 Darren Gibbs
Referee #17 Frederic L’Ecuyer
Referee #19 Gord Dwyer
Boxscore
 123T
DAL1225
NAS1102
Skater Stats
POSplayerSHgappgshg+/-pimtoi
LWFilip Forsberg20000-2021:27
LWViktor Arvidsson41010-1010:42
LWColin Wilson00000-108:27
CMike Ribeiro10000-2020:36
CCalle Jarnkrok30000-1016:35
CRyan Johansen20100-1015:22
CMike Fisher10000-3014:43
CPaul Gaustad200000010:42
CColton Sissons00000-158:28
RWJames Neal60100-1021:05
RWCraig Smith20000-2215:51
RWMiikka Salomaki10000009:59
DRoman Josi40000-3231:24
DShea Weber00000-2228:47
DMattias Ekholm10000-1023:27
DPetter Granberg00000-1016:09
DBarret Jackman00000-1212:11
DRyan Ellis11001004:43
Skater Stats
POSplayerSHgappgshg+/-pimtoi
LWPatrick Sharp610003016:51
LWJamie Benn320003216:28
LWAntoine Roussel201001214:42
LWVernon Fiddler100000012:53
CJason Spezza110001016:46
CCody Eakin100002016:26
CRadek Faksa210001014:05
CMattias Janmark100001013:38
CColton Sceviour00000-1013:36
RWValeri Nichushkin100000215:52
RWAles Hemsky101000013:59
RWPatrick Eaves000000512:46
DAlex Goligoski002005024:39
DJohn Klingberg000002023:34
DJohnny Oduya200001022:19
DPatrik Nemeth000000015:27
DStephen Johns100000015:13
DJordie Benn300001012:48
Goalie Stats
POSplayerShotsGoalsSavesSV%TOI
GPekka Rinne2332086.9659:34
GCarter Hutton00000:00
Goalie Stats
POSplayerShotsGoalsSavesSV%TOI
GKari Lehtonen3022893.3360:00
GAntti Niemi00000:00
Period 1
timeteamdetailNASDAL
5:21
Penalty on Barret Jackman: 2 minutes for Slashing
6:12
Goal scored by Ryan Ellis (Shorthanded)
10
10:55
Goal scored by Jamie Benn
Assisted by: Alex Goligoski
11
13:15
Penalty on Roman Josi: 2 minutes for Interference
Period 2
timeteamdetailNASDAL
7:11
Penalty on Craig Smith: 2 minutes for Hooking
11:03
Goal scored by Radek Faksa
Assisted by: Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky
12
11:49
Goal scored by Jason Spezza
Assisted by: Alex Goligoski
13
12:43
Penalty on Bench: 2 minutes for Too many men on ice
14:41
Goal scored by Viktor Arvidsson (Power Play)
Assisted by: Ryan Johansen and James Neal
23
15:27
Penalty on Valeri Nichushkin: 2 minutes for Cross checking
Period 3
timeteamdetailNASDAL
1:58
Penalty on Patrick Eaves: 5 minutes for Fighting
1:58
Penalty on Colton Sissons: 5 minutes for Fighting
4:37
Penalty on Bench: 2 minutes for Too many men on ice
6:39
Penalty on Shea Weber: 2 minutes for Embellishment
6:39
Penalty on Antoine Roussel: 2 minutes for Cross checking
7:10
Penalty on Jamie Benn: 2 minutes for Holding
18:05
Goal scored by Patrick Sharp (Empty Net)
25
18:44
Goal scored by Jamie Benn (Empty Net)
24
Benn scores twice as Stars top Predators

DALLAS — The goal for the Dallas Stars on Tuesday was to carry the momentum from a 2-1-0 road trip.

Thanks to two goals from Jamie Benn, two assists from Alex Goligoski, and Kari Lehtonen stopping 28 of 30 shots, the Stars defeated the Nashville Predators 5-2 at American Airlines Center.

“I thought we started the game off sloppy and got better as the game went on,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “It was tough gaining on the ice tonight. Both teams defended pretty well.”

Radek Faksa, Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp also scored for the Stars, who remain first in the Central Division and Western Conference with 101 points.

Dallas (46-22-9) eclipsed the century mark in points for the first time since the 2006-07 season, when the Stars finished with 107.

“It’s a good accomplishment,” Goligoski said. “Not a lot of teams hit (100 points), so we should feel good about that. The team’s worked hard all year.”

Nashville (39-25-13) failed to clinch a playoff spot for a second straight night. Pekka Rinne stopped 20 of 23 shots in a losing effort, and Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville.

“Our guys played really hard tonight,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “We made a couple mistakes, but our effort was (good) for the circumstances of traveling, back-to-back, I thought out guys played real hard.”

Sharp and Benn delivered empty-net goals late in regulation.

Nashville made it 1-0 at 6:12 of the first period when Ellis capitalized on a Dallas turnover for a short-handed goal.

Ellis intercepted a John Klingberg pass inside the neutral zone, skated up the ice and culminated the sequence by beating Lehtonen top shelf and to his short side with a slap shot from the right circle. Ellis’ ninth goal of the season came after teammate Barret Jackman was called for slashing at 5:21 of the first.

Ellis left the game early in the second period with an upper-body injury and did not return after playing one shift in the middle frame.

Dallas answered at 10:55 of the first when Benn scored his 38th of the season. Goligoski sprung Benn, who was alone in the neutral zone, with a pass from inside the Dallas zone. Benn then scored with a wrist shot through the five hole of Rinne to make it 1-1.

“I didn’t feel like they got a lot of chances, but the ones they did, they were pretty high-quality chances and they were able to execute those chances,” Rinne said. “That’s just the way it goes.”

The Stars scored twice within 46 seconds in the second period to break the game open.

Faksa scored his third career goal off a rebound at 11:03. Rinne denied the initial shot by Antoine Roussel from the right circle, but as the goalie attempted the swat the puck away with his stick, Faksa tapped in the rebound to give Dallas its first lead.

Spezza made it a 3-1 game when he scored at 11:49. Mike Fisher had a breakaway on the other end for Nashville, but his wrist shot struck the top part of Lehtonen’s stick.

“I thought Kari (Lehtonen) was excellent,” Ruff said. “He made some real good saves for us. He made a big save (on Fisher) off one of our turnovers that turned into a goal going the other way, which for me was one of the turning points of the game.”

Spezza rushed up the right side of the ice and beat Rinne far post with a wrist shot from the edge of the right circle for his 30th goal of the season.

Nashville cut it to 3-2 with 5:19 remaining in the second when Arvidsson scored a power-play goal. Arvidsson blasted a slap shot inside the near post from the left circle while Dallas was serving a bench minor for too many men on the ice.

It was Arvidsson’s first goal in 14 games, since Feb. 25 at Chicago.

NOTES: The Predators scratched D Anthony Bitetto (lower body), RW Gabriel Bourque (upper body), LW Eric Nystrom and LW Austin Watson. … The Stars scratched D Jason Demers (shoulder), LW Travis Moen, D Jamie Oleksiak, RW Brett Ritchie (lower body), D Kris Russell (lower body) and C Tyler Seguin (Achilles tendon). … Three Predators: RW James Neal, Nystrom and C Mike Ribeiro, are former Stars. … Stars C Vernon Fiddler spent four seasons in Nashville before signing with Dallas prior to the 2011-12 season. … Predators C Paul Gaustad returned to the ice for the first time since March 5 at Colorado. Gaustad missed the previous 10 games with an upper-body injury. … G Kari Lehtonen started for the 10th time over Dallas’ past 12 games. … Predators G Pekka Rinne started his fifth consecutive game.


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