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Seguin scores twice as Stars sink Capitals

AP

A week has made a big difference for the Dallas Stars.

Tyler Seguin scored twice during a four-goal second period and Dallas took over first place in the Western Conference by holding off the Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals 4-3 Saturday night.

The victory moved the Stars ahead of Chicago seven days after a 5-1 home loss to the Blackhawks dropped Dallas five points behind them.

“That was a tough loss for us,” captain Jamie Benn said. “We got embarrassed. It wasn’t fun at the time, which was probably the game of the year for us. We regrouped.”

And how. The Stars won in overtime at Minnesota. They then took 4-0 leads at Chicago and against Washington before allowing two third-period goals against the Blackhawks and three against the Capitals. Chicago went 0-2-1 during the week. Each team has 77 points, but with three games in hand, the Stars have a higher points percentage.

“I think we’re close,” Benn said. “Obviously, those are two pretty good teams that we beat, so we’re a confident group in here.”

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff was impressed.

“I thought we played a heck of a game,” he said. “These last two games — they’re both good teams, and we won them both. And I’m pleased with that.”

Ducks 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

In Chicago, Ryan Getzlaf scored a power-play goal at 2:16 of overtime.

Bruins 4, Wild 2

In St. Paul, Minnesota, David Krejci broke a tie in the second period and Jonas Gustavsson made 31 saves.

Predators 5, Panthers 0

In Sunrise, Florida, backup goaltender Carter Hutton made 22 saves and Calle Jarnkrok scored twice.

Sharks 4, Coyotes 1

In San Jose, Matt Tennyson and Chris Tierney scored in the first period and the Sharks hung on to beat Arizona.

Devils 2, Flyers 1 (OT)

In Philadelphia, Adam Henrique scored on a power play 2:58 into overtime.

Hurricanes 6, Islanders 3

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Victor Rask scored twice to cap the Hurricanes’ five-goal second period.

Maple Leafs 5, Canucks 2

In Vancouver, Mark Arcobello scored his first two goals of the season 17 seconds apart, Brendan Leipsic got his first NHL goal in his first game and Toronto beat the Canucks to end a three-game skid.

Jets 2, Oilers 1 (SO)

In Edmonton, Andrew Ladd scored the winner in the shootout.

Blue Jackets 4, Senators 2

In Columbus, Boone Jenner scored twice, and Cam Atkinson and Brandon Saad each had goals.