Tyler Seguin scored his fifth power-play goal of the season in Dallas’ four-goal first period, and the Stars beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Saturday night.
Seguin’s goal on a slap shot from the left faceoff circle made it 4-0 just 12:51 into the game.
Remi Elie, Radek Faksa and Stephen Johns also scored in the first, and Antoine Roussel added a second-period goal. Johns’ goal chased Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner from the game at 10:27 of the first.
Lehner made only four saves before Chad Johnson came in and stopped 13 shots.
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Kari Lehtonen had 27 saves to win his second straight start. Ryan O'Reilly broke up Lehtonen’s shutout bid by winning a faceoff and sending a shot between the goalie’s legs late in the second.
John Klingberg had a season-high three assists.
Elie opened the scoring at 3:09 of the first. Roussel intercepted a clearing pass on the left-wing boards and sent a slap shot at Lehner. Elie took the rebound in front for a short wrist shot into the net.
Faksa scored at 7:07. Lehner deflected Gemel Smith’s cross-ice pass in front of the net and on to Faksa’s stick for a tip-in.
Smith also assisted on Johns’ goal, dropping a pass back into the slot for the defenseman. Johns put a wrist shot past Lehner.
▪ The Stars have won five straight home games. They have defeated Buffalo the last six times the Sabres have visited Dallas.
▪ The Stars were without C Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) and RW Brett Ritchie (upper body). Neither is expected to play Monday vs. Winnipeg.
▪ Elie’s first goal of the season was his second in 29 career games. Roussel also scored his first goal this season. Smith had his first two assists of 2017-18.
The Stars host Winnipeg on Monday in the second of a three-game homestand.
First Period—1, Dallas, Elie 1 (Roussel), 3:09. 2, Dallas, Faksa 3 (Klingberg, Smith), 7:07. 3, Dallas, Johns 2 (Faksa, Smith), 10:27. 4, Dallas, Seguin 8 (Radulov, Klingberg), 12:51 (pp). Penalties—Tennyson, BUF, (slashing), 12:12.
Second Period—5, Buffalo, O’Reilly 5, 11:51. 6, Dallas, Roussel 1 (Seguin, Klingberg), 18:50. Penalties—Methot, DAL, (holding), 1:41; Roussel, DAL, (holding), 12:16; Okposo, BUF, (roughing), 13:19; Faksa, DAL, (roughing), 13:19; Seguin, DAL, (boarding), 19:50.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Roussel, DAL, (tripping), 1:58.
Shots on Goal—Buffalo 8-11-9—28. Dallas 9-4-9—22. Power-play opportunities—Buffalo 0 of 4; Dallas 1 of 1. Goalies—Buffalo, Johnson 1-3-1 (15 shots-13 saves), Lehner 3-5-1 (7-4). Dallas, Lehtonen 2-3-0 (28-27). A—18,236 (18,532). T—2:21. Referees—Dave Jackson, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen—Brandon Gawryletz, Mark Wheler.