The Dallas Stars failed to gain ground in the Discover Central Division playoff race in a 5-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Tuesday.
Jordan Staal, Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov each had three points for the Hurricanes (32-10-7), who are 5-0-3 in the past eight games. Alex Nedeljkovic made 27 saves.
Jason Robertson scored, and Anton Khudobin made 25 saves for the Stars (21-16-12).
Staal’s power-play goal gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 7:08 of the first period. Svechnikov’s shot deflected off Aho’s skate before Staal scored from the slot.
Aho quickly made it 2-0 when he one-timed a shot from the left face-off circle after Khudobin kicked out a long rebound from Brett Pesce‘s shot at 8:09.
Staal scored his second power-play goal on a rebound off the end glass to extend the lead to 3-0 at 1:13 of the second period.
Robertson cut it to 3-1 at 7:45 when he followed his own rebound to score at the net, extending his point streak to nine games (four goals, nine assists).
Morgan Geekie‘s pass from behind the net set up Max McCormick for a backhand at the top of the crease for a 4-1 lead at 5:18 of the third period. Staal set up Nino Niederreiter at the left hash marks to make it 5-1 at 12:14.
Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen returned to the lineup after missing the past 25 games recovering from a concussion.