Stars shine early and often to take down Blackhawks 4-2

– Patrick Eaves scored three of Dallas' four goals in the first period, and the Stars avenged an ugly home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-2 victory on Thursday night.

Eaves' second career hat trick helped Dallas to its fifth win in six games and moved the Stars within one of the Blackhawks for the most points in the Western Conference. Dallas' lone loss during the strong stretch was a 5-1 rout by visiting Chicago on Saturday night.

John Klingberg added a goal and an assist for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen made 19 of his 44 saves in the third period, including a point-blank stop on Andrew Shaw with Chicago threatening to pull within one with about eight minutes left.

HIGHLIGHTS

•DROUGHT ENDS: R.J. Umberger stopped a 50-game scoreless streak, and Wayne Simmonds got his 20th goal of the season to help the host Flyers beat the Sabres 5-1.

•DUCKS LOSE SHOOTOUT: Alexander Wennberg and Cam Atkinson each scored in the shootout and Joonas Korpisalo stopped shots by Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg to give the host Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Ducks.

•TWO-TIMER: Jarome Iginla had two goals and an assist, Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist and the Avalanche beat the host Senators 4-3 to end a four-game losing streak.

•BRUINS BASH: Patrice Bergeron scored twice, Brett Connolly had three assists and the Bruins beat the host Jets 6-2.

•MISSING QUICK: Without Jonathan Quick in net for the Kings, the host Islanders struck early in a 5-2 victory.

•McDAVID LEADS OILERS: Connor McDavid had two goals and three assists, Jordan Eberle scored three times and added an assist, and the host Oilers powered past the Maple Leafs 5-2 to stop a three-game losing streak.

•MURRAY CASHES IN: The Blue Jackets signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year, $5.65 million contract extension.

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