WASHINGTON -- Michael Ryder scored twice, Adam Burish had the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the surprising Dallas Stars beat Washington 5-2 Tuesday night to snap the Capitals' six-game home winning streak.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots for the Stars, who have won four straight and own the best record in the NHL (11-3-0).
Burish put Dallas ahead to stay at 34 seconds of the third period, and Jamie Benn and Eric Nystrom scored in a 32-second span to make it 5-2 with 11:55 left.
Trevor Daley had two assists for the Stars, giving him 100 for his career. Benn also had two assists.
Alexander Semin and John Carlson scored for the Capitals, whose 6-0 start at home was the best in franchise history. Washington has dropped two in a row after a 9-2 start.
Michal Neuvirth had 31 saves for the Capitals, but he was no match for the Stars in the third period. After Burish put in a backhander, Benn scored on the power play and Nystrom hammered a wrist shot into the back of the net.
"Things are going pretty good right now," Benn said. "I think it's because we're playing a simple game and playing the right way. Guys are having fun and we're all buying in and getting big points on the road."
Dallas has lost only one game in regulation to the Capitals in the past 20 meetings. This was the only game between the Stars and Washington this season.
Ryder put the Stars up 1-0 midway through the first period when he deflected a wrist shot by Daley past Neuvirth.
Semin tied it with a power-play goal at 15:43, but Ryder answered less than two minutes later with a dandy display of stickwork on the left side of the net. Carlson tied it at 15:56 of the second period when he unleashed a slap shot that went through Lehtonen's legs.