Benn scores OT winner, Stars beat Blues
- Article by: R.B. FALLSTROM
- Associated Press
- March 11, 2014 - 10:20 PM
ST. LOUIS — Jamie Benn scored 3:42 into overtime, giving the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, one night after teammate Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Roman Polak ended lengthy goal droughts for the Blues, who lost for the first time in five games with new goalie Ryan Miller.
Colton Sceviour, among two call-ups by the Stars with Peverley out indefinitely and teammate Alex Chiasson also hospitalized due to emotional distress after his teammate's "cardiac event," scored on a power play in the first period.
Miller robbed the other call-up, Chris Mueller, with a glove save from point-blank range with 2:16 to go in the third. But he couldn't corral a shot by Benn, the Stars captain, that gave Dallas its fourth win in five games.
The Stars' home game against Columbus was postponed Monday night after Peverley fell ill with a heart problem. Peverley remained hospitalized in stable condition on Tuesday while undergoing tests.
Benn has scored in three straight games and has seven points in a five-game streak.
The Blues are 18-0-2 against the Central Division, breaking the franchise record of 19 consecutive games with a point in divisional play set in 1968-69. During the five-game winning streak, they never allowed more than two goals.
Polak tied it at 2 at 5:01 of the third period with his first goal in 37 games and fourth overall. He sent a drive through traffic that got past Tim Thomas.
Pietrangelo, who earlier this season became the first Blues defenseman to score 40 points in his first three seasons, snapped a 20-game goal drought in the first period.
Pietrangelo had 11 assists since his previous goal on Jan. 10 at Vancouver.
Antoine Roussel scored on a breakaway earlier in the period to put the Stars ahead, sending the puck slowly trickling between Miller's pads. Roussel got free after David Backes flubbed a cross-ice pass near the blue line in the offensive zone.
Sceviour, among the leading scorers in the AHL for the Texas Stars, scored his fourth goal in eight games this season against a team that had killed 33 of 35 power-play chances the previous 11 games.
NOTES: Blues D Jay Bouwmeester played in his 700th consecutive regular-season game, the longest active streak in major sports. ... The Blues fell to 36-1-5 when scoring first. ... Roussel had one assist the previous four games. ... Polak has four goals, tying his career best for a season.
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