Spezza scores in 5th straight, Stars beat Blackhawks 5-2
DALLAS (AP) — Jason Spezza scored in his fifth straight game, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn ended goal-scoring slumps and the Dallas Stars regained the Western Conference lead by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Friday night.
Dallas improved to 41-20-8 with 90 points, two more than Central Division-rival Chicago and three more than third-place St. Louis. Each team has 13 games remaining.
Kari Lehtonen made 21 saves for the Stars, who are 3-0-1 in their last four games. Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky also scored.
Teuvo Teravainen and Tomas Fleischmann scored for Chicago.
Benn’s power-play goal at 10:42 of the second gave Dallas a 4-0 lead. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville then removed Corey Crawford, who had 16 saves. Scott Darling finished with 10 saves. He was pulled for an extra skater with 8:10 to play and returned after Ales Hemsky’s empty-net goal with 4:31 left.