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Stars top Pens, win fifth straight

WELCOME BACK: John Tortorella coaches his first game with the Blue Jackets versus the Wild.

Associated Press

WELCOME BACK: John Tortorella coaches his first game with the Blue Jackets versus the Wild.

PITTSBURGH — Jason Spezza scored his fifth goal of the season and the Stars beat the Penguins 4-1 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

Johnny Oduya and John Klingberg scored their first goals of the season, and Mattias Janmark got his third, helping the Stars finish a perfect four-game trip. They are 6-1-0 overall.

Antti Niemi stopped 33 shots for his third victory of the season and fourth straight against Pittsburgh. Niemi made 37 saves in a 3-0 win over the Penguins two weeks ago in Dallas.

Nick Bonino scored his first goal for Pittsburgh, which couldn't extend a three-game winning streak.

Evgeni Malkin's four-game points streak ended, as did his stretch of three straight games with a goal. The Penguins have scored 11 goals in their first seven games. They ended a five-game homestand, their longest this season, and play six of their next seven on the road.

Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis played his first game in nearly a year after being sidelined by injury and blood clots.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started each of the Penguins' first seven games, made 19 saves.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin entered with a combined 10 goals and 20 points during Dallas' hot start but didn't factor into the scoring.

Game highlights: Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves and Kevin Hayes scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to lift the host Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Coyotes, who have lost four in a row after opening the season 3-0-0.

Around the league: In John Tortorella's first big decision as the new coach of the Blue Jackets, he put Sergei Bobrovsky back in goal against the Wild on Thursday. Bobrovsky is a big reason Columbus entered the day last in the league at 0-7-0 and with a minus-21 goal differential.

"I don't even watch goalies," Tortorella said Thursday morning, the day after he was hired to replace fired Todd Richards. "I just want (Bobrovsky) to stop the puck. There's enough to do with the other knuckleheads in there."

Bobrovsky felt badly that his poor play was a factor in the firing of Richards.

" 'Richie' is a good coach, a good man," he said. "I didn't play well for him this season. I feel responsibility, of course."

Stars 2 2 0 4
Penguins 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Dallas, Oduya 1 (Demers, Fiddler), 10:55. 2, Dallas, Klingberg 1 (Sharp), 15:05 (pp). PenaltiesPerron, Pit (boarding), 1:12; Hornqvist, Pit (delay of game), 14:21; Faksa, Dal (tripping), 19:06.

Second Period3, Dallas, Spezza 5, 5:07. 4, Pittsburgh, Bonino 1, 11:20. 5, Dallas, Janmark 3 (Nichushkin, Klingberg), 13:02. PenaltiesFaksa, Dal (holding), 13:52.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesLovejoy, Pit (roughing), 14:05; Sharp, Dal (boarding), 14:14; Fiddler, Dal (tripping), 16:27; Demers, Dal, major-game misconduct (elbowing), 16:48. Shots on GoalDallas 9-12-2—23. Pittsburgh 11-9-14—34. Power-play opportunitiesDallas 1 of 3; Pittsburgh 0 of 5. GoaliesDallas, Niemi 3-1-0 (34 shots-33 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 3-4-0 (23-19). A18,490 (18,387). T2:32. Referees—Francis Charron, Dean Morton. LinesmenScott Driscoll, Jay Sharrers.

Rangers 0 1 3 4
Coyotes 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Arizona, Dahlbeck 1 (Domi, Hanzal), 15:34. PenaltiesNash, NYR (goalie interference), 16:11.

Second Period2, N.Y. Rangers, Kreider 1 (Zuccarello, Staal), 10:06. PenaltiesYandle, NYR (trip), 7:15; Rieder, Ari (trip), 10:34; Grossmann, Ari (interfere), 15:01.

Third Period3, N.Y. Rangers, Hayes 2 (Miller), 2:35. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Yandle 1 (Zuccarello, Stepan), 6:24 (pp). 5, N.Y. Rangers, Nash 1, 19:17 (en). PenaltiesStone, Ari (high-sticking), 6:16; Staal, NYR (hooking), 8:47. Shots on GoalArizona 5-14-16—35. N.Y. Rangers 6-10-11—27. Power-play opportunitiesArizona 0 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 3. GoaliesArizona, M.Smith 3-2-1 (27 shots-24 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 4-2-1 (35-34). A18,006 (18,006). T2:38. Referees—TJ Luxmore, Kevin Pollock. LinesmenShane Heyer, Jonny Murray.

Stars top Pens, win fifth straight 10/22/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:25pm]
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