Patrick Sharp scored the go-ahead goal and Radek Faksa added the first of his career to lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Ales Hemsky and Jason Demers also scored and Colton Sceviour had two assists for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen finished with 30 saves.
Jordan Staal scored for Carolina and Eddie Lack stopped 24 shots. Staal’s goal marked the sixth time he had scored on an assist from brother Eric. Jordan has assisted Eric nine times.
The Stars are 6-2 on the road this season and 7-2 against Eastern Conference. Dallas has won eight of the last 11 against Carolina, including four of the last five meetings in Raleigh.
The Western Conference-leading Stars have won six of their last seven games and are 6-2 on the road. Dallas has also won eight of the last 11 against Carolina and four of the last five meetings in Raleigh.
The Stars took the lead with 8:45 left as Sharp beat Lack stick-side on a rush with Tyler Seguin on the centering pass.
We’ve been a lot better in the third periods this year than we were last year. Some of it is patience, timely scoring, and we had a good look right at the beginning of the third period. I thought the third was a real good period.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff
And it went to 3-1 about 2 minutes later as Faksa scored on a rebound with Sceviour on the primary assist. Demers capped it with an empty-netter in the final second.
The first period ended in a scoreless tie, with the Stars outshooting Carolina 12-6. Dallas had one power-play opportunity to none for the Hurricanes.
Jordan Staal put Carolina ahead at 3:41 of the second, knocking in a backhander from the low slot that clipped Lehtonen’s right skate before wobbling across the line. The assist came from his brother Eric, who slid the puck to Jordan from the right circle.
Dallas tied it at 9:46 when Hemsky scored on a tough-angle goal from the left side into an open net. Lack was on his backside to the left of the goal after he and Sceviour had gotten tangled up as Sceviour drove the net and hit the post with the puck. Carolina’s video challenge was denied.
No penalties were called in the second period.
First Period—None. Penalties—Hainsey, Car (high-sticking), 14:59.
Second Period—1, Car, J.Staal 2 (E.Staal, Hainsey), 3:41. 2, Dal, Hemsky 2 (Sceviour, Fiddler), 9:46. Penalties—None.
Third Period—3, Dal, Sharp 5 (Seguin), 11:15. 4, Dal, Faksa 1 (Sceviour, Jo.Benn), 13:20. 5, Dal, Demers 4, 19:59 (en). Penalties—None.
Shots on Goal—Dal 13-8-7—28. Car 6-13-12—31. Power plays—Dal 0 of 1; Car 0 of 0. Goalies—Dal, Lehtonen 5-1-0 (31 shots-30 saves). Car, Lack 1-3-0 (28-25). A—10,188 (18,680). T—2:32.