Oettinger makes 41 saves, helps Stars get first win against Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Tanner Kero broke a tie in the third period, and the Dallas Stars defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 at PNC Arena on Saturday.

It was the first win for the Stars against the Hurricanes this season (1-2-2). They will play the second of a back-to-back set here Sunday.

Andrew Cogliano and Jamie Benn scored for the Stars (13-12-10), who have won two in a row for the first time since they opened the season with a four-game winning streak. Jake Oettinger made 41 saves.

Dougie Hamilton and Haydn Fleury scored, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 22 saves for the Hurricanes (24-9-3).

Kero scored his second goal of the season at 2:52 to give Dallas a 3-2 lead after Jason Robertson made a no-look, backhand pass from behind the net to Kero in the low slot.

Cogliano scored his fourth goal of the season when he tipped Mark Pysyk‘s shot from the right point to make it 1-0 at 3:41 of the first period.

Hamilton tied the game 1-1 at 9:33 with his 100th NHL goal. He took a pass from Vincent Trocheck and pulled Oettinger out of position before flipping the puck into an open net from the right circle.

Carolina took a 2-1 lead at 13:04 of the second period on Fleury’s shot from the left point that trickled through Oettinger’s five hole. It was Fleury’s first point of the season in his 32nd game and first goal since Feb. 29, 2020.

Benn’s power-play goal at 19:31 tied it 2-2. Nedeljkovic stopped John Klingberg‘s one-timer, but Benn gathered the rebound at the top of the crease and scored on a backhand.

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