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Benn scores twice to help Stars top Hurricanes 5-2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson are developing quite a connection.

Benn scored twice, including a short-handed tally, and two of Eriksson's three assists came on his goals, leading the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the clubs' only meeting of the season Sunday.

"I think we're just feeding off each other and have got good chemistry out there," said Benn, who has four goals this season while linemate Eriksson has seven assists. "I think on and off the ice we've got good chemistry and it really helps on the ice.

"Our team wanted to come out here and have a good road game and keep it simple, and I thing we did that in the first."

Dallas opened a four-game trip with its sixth victory in its last seven games against the Southeast Division.

Michael Ryder added a goal and an assist, and Erik Nystrom and Stephane Robidas had the other Dallas goals.

"We've got two real cerebral players (in Eriksson and Benn) and they just kind of feed off each other," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "They think the game so well, and I thing Loui's been underrated for years in the NHL. They're having a good streak right now."

Chad LaRose and Tuomo Ruutu scored power-play goals for Carolina, which has dropped two straight games.

Kari Lehtonen had 30 saves to improve to 10-1-0. Carolina starter Cam Ward (5-4-2) stopped 10 of 14 shots before being pulled for Brian Boucher at 3:48 of the second with the Stars up 4-1.

"This is a physical man's game and we were trying to play on skill, and that's just not going to get it done for us," visibly irritated Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "We were soft on pucks all over the ice, and lost every battle on pucks that got dumped in.

"There is no excuse. (But) we've played 13 games prior to this and haven't had a dog start to any of them, so it wasn't something that is a growing concern."

Nystrom gave the Stars the lead on a rush at 5:20 of the first, beating Ward high and glove side from the left circle on Vernon Fiddler's assist from the high slot.

Robidas made it 2-0 on the power play at 12:55, scoring through traffic from the high slot.

LaRose came back with a power-play goal for Carolina at 13:18, backhanding the puck past Lehtonten stick side on Jeff Skinner's helper.

But Benn made it 3-1 at 19:32, receiving Eriksson's backhanded pass from behind the goal on the doorstep and slamming it past Ward stick side.

"We played really well today," Eriksson said. "We played really hard and got the two points. It's a good start to the road trip. We took too many penalties today (10), but I thought we did a good job and Kari was good for us again."

NOTES: Dallas has won five of the last six games in the series. ... Benn has points in five straight games. ... The contest ended a three-game homestand for Carolina, which still has seven home games and five away the rest of the month. ... Stars C Steve Ott (lower body) missed his second straight game. ... Hurricanes LW Jussi Jokinen (lower body) missed his second straight game.

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