for this game

Benn, Eriksson lead Stars past Hurricanes

Nov 6, 2011 - 11:53 PM
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Jamie Benn scored a pair of goals and Loui Eriksson added three assists, as the Dallas Stars opened a four-game road trip with a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Eric Nystrom, Stephane Robidas and Michael Ryder also scored, while Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for the Stars, who have won four of their last five games.

Chad LaRose and Tuomo Ruutu both had a goal for the Hurricanes, losers of six of their last eight.

Cam Ward was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 14 shots. He was replaced by Brian Boucher, who finished with 12 saves.

"We can't let our goalies bail us out every single game," said Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason. "We've gotta come to play for them every once in a while."

The Stars, coming off of Friday's 7-6 overtime victory over the Avalanche, wasted little time establishing a comfortable lead against Carolina.

Vernon Fiddler found Nystrom for a snap shot past Ward early in the first and Robidas' slap shot found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead midway through the period.

LaRose got the Hurricanes on the board at the 13:18 mark with a backhand tally, but Benn's first goal -- a wrister assisted by Eriksson -- made it 3-1 at the first intermission.

"We were not physically involved in that game," said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice.

Benn, who had a career-high four points on Friday, has notched 14 points over his last nine games.

Eriksson continued to play facilitator, assisting on a pair of second-period goals. He found Ryder for a wrister past Ward at the 3:48 mark. Boucher entered and allowed Benn's second goal as the Stars took a 5-1 lead.

Ruutu's power play goal early in the third capped the scoring.

Game Notes

The Stars will also visit Washington, Pittsburgh and Detroit during their road trip...Ryder had two assists.

  • DALLAS: 5

    Nov 6 4:08 PM

  • Carolina Power-Play Goal - Tuomo Ruutu (4), from Derek Joslin and Jay Harrison at 2:03.

    Stars 5, Hurricanes 2  3rd - 17:57Nov 6 3:34 PM

  • DALLAS: 5
    End of 2nd

    Nov 6 3:14 PM

  • Dallas Short-Handed Goal - Jamie Benn (4), from Loui Eriksson at 18:00.

    Stars 5, Hurricanes 1  2nd - 2:00Nov 6 3:11 PM

  • Dallas Goal - Michael Ryder (4), at 3:48.

    Stars 4, Hurricanes 1  2nd - 16:12Nov 6 2:43 PM

  • DALLAS: 3
    End of 1st

    Nov 6 2:21 PM

  • Dallas Goal - Jamie Benn (3), from Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder at 19:32.

    Stars 3, Hurricanes 1  1st - 0:28Nov 6 2:19 PM

  • Carolina Power-Play Goal - Chad LaRose (4), at 13:18.

    Stars 2, Hurricanes 1  1st - 6:42Nov 6 2:09 PM

  • Dallas Power-Play Goal - Stephane Robidas (2), from Mike Ribeiro and Michael Ryder at 12:55.

    Stars 2, Hurricanes 0  1st - 7:05Nov 6 2:06 PM

  • Dallas Goal - Eric Nystrom (3), at 5:20.

    Stars 1, Hurricanes 0  1st - 14:40Nov 6 1:50 PM
  • 17
    RUWTbot Added 17 roots

    Stars 1, Hurricanes 0  1st - 14:40Nov 6 1:50 PM

  • DALLAS: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

    Nov 6 1:38 PM