DALLAS (AP) — Antoine Roussel and Jamie Benn scored 16 seconds apart in the third period, and the Dallas Stars edged the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Saturday night after losing a 3-0 lead.
Roussel broke a 3-3 tie 3:14 into the third by tapping in the puck from left of the net. Benn added his goal at 3:30.
Tyler Seguin, Erik Cole and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist, and Jyrki Jokipakka added two assists for Dallas.
Alex Ovechkin’s breakaway goal 21 seconds into the third period helped Washington rally from a three-goal deficit.
Nicklas Backstrom, Eric Fehr and Andre Burakovsky also scored for Washington, which took a second straight loss for the first time since Dec. 2.
Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen made 28 saves. Justin Peters had 21 in his first start since Nov. 29 for Washington.
Seguin scored a power-play goal 2:26 into the game. He took a cross-ice backhand pass from Spezza in the left faceoff circle, skated in and shot the puck under Peters’ right arm.
Cole’s tip-in goal at 18:18 of the first period extended the lead to 2-0. A review ruled that Cole did not use a high stick to redirect Jokipakka’s shot from the blue line.
The Capitals outshot Dallas 8-7 in the first.
In the second period, Spezza skated down the slot to take a pass from Cole and beat Peters for a 3-0 lead.
Washington rallied to come within a goal at 3-2 late in the second. Fehr scored at 5:30, putting a pass from Joel Ward between Lehtonen’s legs, and Burakovsky sent a drive from the top of the slot past Dallas’ goalie at 16:06.
NOTES: Before Saturday, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby had started 21 games in a row and appeared in 27 straight. … Backstrom had his 399th career assist on Ovechkin’s 25th goal of the season. … Seguin’s goal was his league-leading 27th, but his first in seven games. Benn scored his first goal in six games. … Stars C Cody Eakin played in his 200th NHL game. … Dallas placed RW Brett Ritchie (undisclosed injury) on injured reserve, and brought up Jokipakka and LW Curtis McKenzie from Texas of the AHL. … The Capitals are 1-12-5 when their opponents score first. … The Stars have won their last six games against Washington.
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