DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn had three goals and an assist, and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Saturday night.
Benn had 13 points in the final five games to edge Islanders star John Tavares by one point for the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring leader. Benn finished the season with 35 goals and 52 assists.
Benn scored at 7:35 and 13:33 of the first period. He also shot into an empty net with 2:05 to play and assisted on Cody Eakin’s goal with 9 seconds left.
Rookie Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators at 11:33 of the first period. Backup goalie Carter Hutton had 21 saves.
Nashville lost its last six games of the season, but finished second in the Central Division and will face Chicago in the first round of the playoffs.
Despite Benn’s late-season rush – 12 goals and 11 assists in the last 12 games – Dallas finished sixth in the division and missed the playoffs.
Jhonas Enroth was in goal for the Stars’ last four games, all wins. He made 24 saves.
On Benn’s first goal, he took a backhand pass in the left faceoff circle and shot the puck past Hutton.
Then he had a tiebreaking power-play score. He won a faceoff in the left circle, sent the puck back to John Klingberg at the point and skated in front to tip Klingberg’s shot into the net.
Forsberg got his 26th goal on a deflection of teammate Ryan Ellis’ shot into a crowd in front.
Enroth’s biggest save came midway through the third period with Dallas leading 2-1. He stopped Mike Ribeiro’s shot on a two-man breakaway with the teams skating 4 on 4.
NOTES: Tyler Seguin, who led the Stars with 37 goals, was a healthy scratch after arriving late for Friday’s practice. … Ds Alex Goligoski (undisclosed injury) of Dallas and Roman Josi (lower body) of Nashville sat out after playing in the first 81 games this season. … Playing in all 82 were the Predators’ Forsberg, Seth Jones, Craig Smith and Mike Ribeiro, and the Stars’ Benn and Jason Spezza. … LW Antoine Roussel played in his 200th NHL game, all with Dallas. … The Stars’ team photo, taken Friday, included Rich Peverley in uniform. He has not played since collapsing on the bench during a game on March 8, 2014. … Nashville equipment manager Pete Rogers took part in his 2,000th NHL game over 13 seasons.
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