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Stars Blow Out Hurricanes, 5-2

The Stars raised their record to 10-3 with a 5-2 win over the Hurricanes in Raleigh. The Louie Eriksson-Jamie Benn-Michael Ryder led the way, accounting for four of five goals.

What can we take away from the Stars' 10th win, a 5-2 relative laugher in Carolina? Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson are good at hockey. Benn scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, both set up by Eriksson, as was Michael Ryder's fourth. The duo dominated when on the ice, and Dallas overcame nine Carolina power plays to stroll to the easy win.

Dallas' first goal came from a lower line, as Eric Nystrom scored on a break from Verne Fiddler and Sheldon Souray. The Stars had Cam Ward back on the bench after just 24 minutes and 14 shots, thanks to a quick 4-1 lead.

The win puts Dallas at 20 points, second in the NHL and first in the West. The Penguins, who lead the East at 21 points, have played two more games. The Stars will visit Pittsburgh Friday after a trip Tuesday to third place Washington. 

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.