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Originally published December 19, 2013 at 9:34 PM | Page modified December 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM

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Dallas deals Canucks drubbing

Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour scored goals 15 seconds apart in the first period Thursday night, leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.


The Associated Press

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DALLAS — Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour scored goals 15 seconds apart in the first period Thursday night, leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Erik Cole had a goal and two assists, and Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley added two assists apiece for the Stars.

Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves and allowed only one goal for his 100th win with the Stars. He had allowed 10 goals during his previous two starts.

The Canucks (20-11-6) lost on the road for the second time in three nights after a seven-game winning streak. They had earned at least a point in eight consecutive games.

At 4:34 of the first period, Benn lifted a shot over Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on assists from Seguin and Cole. The Stars (17-12-5) came right back at Luongo after the faceoff.

Peverley sent a pass across the goal mouth to Sceviour, who scored at 4:49 for his third goal in four games this season.

Vancouver’s second shot of the game went into the upper-right corner of the net. Chris Higgins fired from the right faceoff circle over Lehtonen to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Dallas broke through for a 3-1 lead at 16:56 of the second period when Cole’s shot trickled past Luongo’s right side and across the goal line.

“That third goal I gave up there was a back-breaker for our guys,” a solemn Luongo told the Vancouver Sun. “It was a wrister. I stopped it with my glove and it kind of just fell down and I think it might have fallen between my legs or something and it just trickled in. Whatever it is, it’s an inexcusable goal at that point of the game.”

Notes

Claude Giroux scored the tying and winning goals in the final minutes of the third period, rallying the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4. Giroux scored two of the Flyers’ five third-period goals as Philadelphia stormed back from a 3-0 hole.

Drew Stafford scored the winning goal in the third period and Ryan Miller made 34 saves in the host Buffalo Sabres’ 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Chris Kunitz scored his 19th goal, Sidney Crosby had two assists and the host Pittsburgh Penguins jumped out to a four-goal lead before beating the Minnesota Wild 5-2 en route to their season-high sixth straight victory.



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