Ray Whitney scored a goal and set up another and Tyler Seguin and
Ryan Garbutt also tallied as the Stars won their third in a row to
to move into the second wild-card slot in the Western Conference by
one point over Phoenix, which plays later Tuesday night. Alex
Chiasson collected three assists to back up Lehtonen, who recorded
his fourth shutout of the season.
Jaroslav Halak was yanked after allowing three goals on 23 shots for
the Capitals, who dropped their fourth in a row (0-2-2) to fall two
points behind Columbus for the final wild-card slot in the East.
Braden Holtby turned aside 11 of 13 shots in relief of Halak.
The Stars seized control midway through the middle session when
Whitney and Jeffrey scored 34 seconds apart. Whitney finished off a
2-0 break, taking a pass from Chiasson and pulling a forehand around
Halak at 9:16 before Jeffrey netted his first goal of the season off
a scramble in front.
Dallas struck first with 4:52 left in the opening period when Benn
fired a wrister from the left circle that a cutting Seguin tipped
past Halak for his 19th point in his last 13 games. The Stars put it
away in the third period when Jeffrey and Garbutt scored 4:55 apart
to beat Washington for the fifth straight time.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Halak absorbed his fourth straight defeat, the
previous three coming in shootouts. ... Jeffrey, who was claimed by
Dallas after the Penguins put him on waivers in early November,
notched his third and fourth points of the season and second and
third in 17 games with the Stars. ... Capitals F Dustin Penner sat
out the game due to illness.
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