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Stars rally for 4-3 win over Sabres

DALLAS (AP) — Cody Eakin scored at 16:46 of the third period and the Dallas Stars rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Monday night.

Stars captain Jamie Benn scored his team’s first two goals and earned his 200th assist on the third by Patrick Eaves, who tied the game at 3-3 at 12:35 of the third.

On the winner, Eakin took a pass from John Klingberg in the left faceoff circle and beat Sabres goalie Anders Lindback, who began the season with Dallas. Lindback finished with 35 saves.

Buffalo captain Brian Gionta scored the Sabres’ first two goals. Matt Moulson also scored for Buffalo.

The Stars won for the sixth time in seven games.

The Sabres, last in the NHL with 47 points, are 1-8-2 in their past 11 games.

Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves.

The Sabres opened the scoring at 13:39 of the first period, when Gionta beat Lehtonen with the rebound of Marcus Foligno’s shot.

Buffalo took seven of the game’s first 10 shots, but the Stars took over for the remainder of the period. Including six shots on power plays, Dallas outshot the Sabres 17-9 in the first.

Benn tied the game at 19:31 when he moved in front of the net and tipped Eaves’ drive from the point barely across the goal line.

Buffalo put pressure on the Stars in the second period. The Sabres had the period’s first eight shots on goal, and cashed in on the power play at 11:07. Gionta tipped in the puck from a scramble in front after Johan Larsson shot from the top of the right faceoff circle.

Benn again tied the game with a power-play goal at 1:56 of the third. He picked up a loose puck in the slot, turned and shot past Lindback from the edge of the left circle.

NOTES: The teams’ captains, Gionta and Benn, scored the first four goals. … Gionta’s most recent two-goal game had been Nov. 18 against San Jose. … Sabres RW Jerry D’Amigo was scratched after taking a high stick in the face on Saturday at Nashville. The Predators’ Craig Smith was fined $5,000 for the hit. … The teams split the two-game season series. … The Stars finished the season 19-11-2 against the East.

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