Benn scores in OT, lifts Stars to 2-1 win over Red Wings

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DETROIT — Jamie Benn scored 32 seconds into overtime, lifting the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Dallas outshot Detroit by more than three times and had the puck for much of the game, but trailed after Dennis Cholowski scored late in the first period until Mark Pysyk made it 1-all early in the third.

Benn took advantage of a turnover by Detroit in the extra period, carried the puck into the left circle and lifted a shot over Jonathan Bernier's blocker.

Anton Khudobin stopped 16 shots for the Stars and Bernier had a season-high 50 saves.

Dallas had a 21-3 edge in shots during the first period and had two power plays without getting called for a penalty and still trailed 1-0.

Cholowski scored his first goal of the season with 3:43 left in the first period, beating Khudobin on his glove side with a shot from the top of the left circle. At the time, the Stars were outshooting Detroit 17-3.

The Stars had an extra skater for two more stretches during the second and couldn't pull into a tie while having a 20-3 advantage in shots during the period.

Dallas pulled into a 1-all tie on its 44th shot of the game on Pysyk's second goal of the season early in the third.

CRUNCH TIME

The defending Western Conference champion Stars, who have won five of their last six games, are vying with fourth-place Nashville and Chicago to earn the Central Division’s fourth and final post-season berth.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH

The Stars improved to 6-2 in the season series against Detroit.

UP NEXT

Stars: Return home to face Carolina on Monday for the first of two games on consecutive nights before going on the road for the rest of the season, playing seven straight games on the road.

Red Wings: Play Tuesday night at Columbus and end the season in two weeks with two games on the road against the Blue Jackets in a matchup of teams trying to avoid a last-place finish.

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Larry Lage, The Associated Press