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Johnston, Robertson each score twice in Stars' win over Sharks

Dallas Stars Jamie Benn Wyatt Johnston - The Canadian Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Wyatt Johnston and Jason Robertson each scored twice, Jamie Benn added a goal and two assists, and the Dallas Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.

Dallas took over sole possession of first place in the Central Division by two points over the Colorado Avalanche, who lost at home to Montreal.

San Jose has dropped eight straight games and 17 of 18.

The teams combined for six goals in the second period, with the Stars responding after the Sharks twice made it a one-goal game. Benn batted in the puck out of mid-air after it was deflected in front, then assisted on Johnston’s second goal of the game with a backhand flip pass on a give-and-go that put Johnston in alone on Mackenzie Blackwood. That gave Dallas a 5-3 lead heading into the third.

Benn extended his goal streak to five games, his longest since 2014. The 34-year-old Stars captain and the 20-year-old Johnston were all over the ice, teaming up on half of Dallas’ goals.

Robertson made it 6-3 with a power-play goal in the third, his second of the night.

Mason Marchment also scored for the Stars. Alexander Barabanov, William Eklund and Klim Kostin had San Jose's goals.

Scott Wedgewood made 19 saves for Dallas. Blackwood stopped 35 shots for the Sharks.

Johnston scored first for the Stars on a short-handed breakaway after Benn blocked a shot in the defensive zone.

Marchment gave Dallas a 2-0 lead heading into the second with a spectacular individual effort, deking Nico Sturm at center ice and skating around Kyle Burroughs before beating Blackwood.

Tyler Seguin was scratched for the Stars as a precaution. Seguin played in the last three games after missing the previous 11 with a lower-body injury.


Stars: Visit the Vancouver Canucks in a matchup of Western Conference division leaders Thursday night.

Sharks: Visit the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.