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Staal Nets Two Powerplay Goals; Carolina Thumps Dallas 5-1

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Dallas, TX -- Jordan Staal scored two powerplay goals, and Andrei Svechnikov added three assists, as the Carolina Hurricanes (32-10-7, 71pts) defeated the Dallas Stars (21-16-12, 54pts) 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Sebastian Aho, Max McCormick, and Nino Niederreiter also scored for Carolina.

Jason Robertson scored the Stars' only goal.

If Monday night's game belonged to Stars' captain Jamie Benn, Tuesday night's game certainly belonged to Canes' captain Jordan Staal.

The 32-year-old Canadian dominated the game from the start, delivering a body check to Benn early in the 1st period and a powerplay goal a short time later.

Staal added a second powerplay goal 1:13 seconds into the 2nd period, extending the Canes lead to 3-0, and for all practical effect, putting the game out of reach.

After the game, Carolina head coach Rod Brind'Amour, a two-time Selke Trophy winner, was asked whether Jordan Staal should be this year's winner.

"Yeah, obviously. I've been saying this for a long time. I think you have to have the [scoring] numbers; I get it. It's clear he does. I hope he'll get his due."

"Jamie Benn is a great player, and he got the best of me yesterday," Staal said after the win. "I, obviously, go home yesterday feeling that great. So, I was happy to have a better effort tonight. That's what you gotta do."

But Tuesday night wasn't just the Jordan Staal show. Teuvo Teravainen, who had missed the Canes last 25 games, returned to the ice.

"He looked good," Sebastian Aho said of Teravainen after the game. "I felt he was in the game right from the first shift...he's only going to get better from here."

Teravainen, who typically plays on Carolina's top line and top powerplay unit, bolsters a roster recently battered with injuries.

Brock McGinn, Jesper Fast, Brady Skjei, and Jordan Martinook all remained out of the lineup on Tuesday.

Despite this, players have stepped up. Max McCormick, playing only his fifth game this season, got his second goal of the season. It comes on the heels of his first, recorded the night before.

"When you get contributions [from your fourth line], that's huge," Brind'Amour said. "[McCormick's goal] kind of put the game away. If you want to be successful, you need everyone to contribute."

Alex Nedeljkovic (13-4-3, .932 SV%, 1.94 GAA) made 27 saves on 28 shots faced. It was his fifth win in his last six starts.

Carolina retains sole possession of 1st place in the Central Division standings. Florida and Tampa Bay both won on Tuesday, meaning that Carolina maintains a two and three-point edge on each, respectively. The Canes have two games-in-hand against Florida and none with regard to Tampa Bay.

For the Stars, the game was a missed opportunity. Nashville, who leads Dallas by two points for the final Central Division playoff spot, lost to Florida on Tuesday night. Dallas will now need to close the gap on Nashville on the road. Their last nine games all take place away from Dallas.


Steven Lorentz, Warren Foegele, Morgan Geekie, Jordan Staal and Brett Pesce each recorded one assist for the Canes.

Brock McGinn (upper body), Brady Skjei (concussion), Jordan Martinook (lower body), Jesper Fast (lower body), and Petr Mrazek (lower body) did not dress for the game.

Anton Khudobin (11-10-6, .907 SV%, 2.45 GAA) took the loss for the Stars. Khudobin made 25 saves on 30 shots faced.

Up Next

Carolina: The Hurricanes return home after a six-game road trip. Their next game is against the Detroit Red Wings, Thursday night at 7:00 ET.

Dallas: The Stars take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at 7:00 ET.

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