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Richards, Benn send Stars past Senators 5-4

DALLAS (AP) — Brad Richards had two goals, Trevor Daley scored the winner, and the Dallas Stars beat Ottawa 5-4 on Saturday, handing the Senators their fifth straight defeat despite Jason Spezza's hat trick.

Rookie Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro also scored for the Stars, who kept their slim playoff hopes alive despite a 3-6-1 record since the Olympic break.

Richards made it 3-all at 16:37 of the second when he beat sprawling Senators goaltender Pascal Leclaire from low in the left circle.

Benn converted James Neal's setup with 52.9 seconds remaining in the second to put Dallas in front, and Daley made it 5-3 on a wrist shot from the right circle at 4:33 of the final period.

At that point, coach Cory Clouston replaced Leclaire with Brian Elliott after Leclair had allowed five goals on 19 shots.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots in his third straight start for Dallas, which improved to 75 points with 11 games remaining.

Spezza's third goal pulled the Senators within 5-4 with 1:27 left.

The Senators had a 6-on-4 advantage in the final 40 seconds when they had a power play and pulled their goaltender, but they were unable to come up with the tying goal.

Mike Fisher and Spezza capitalized on the Senators' first two power plays after Ottawa had gone 0 for 14 with the man advantage during the previous four games.

But the Senators, who've been outscored 22-9 during the five-game skid, lost the lead twice and fell to 1-7-1 since the break.

Ottawa, which has 10 games left, had won a franchise-best 11 in a row and 14 of 16 before the Olympics. But the Senators have been unable to recapture that success and remain stuck on 79 points.

The Senators were without scoring threat Milan Michalek, who injured his left leg in Thursday night's game in Atlanta. Michalek tried to practice on Friday but left the ice early in the session. Michalek and Fisher share the team lead with 22 goals.

Fisher's deflection on the Senators' first power play gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead 1:06 after the opening faceoff.

Richards tied it at 1 on the power play with a one-timer from the right point at 13:55 of the first period, his 20th goal of the season.

Ribeiro converted Krystofer Barch's centering pass at 17:31 of the opening period to give Dallas a 2-1 lead, but Spezza's power-play goal with 1.7 seconds left in the first period pulled Ottawa even.

Spezza's deflection at 5:11 of the second period gave the Senators a 3-2 edge.

NOTES: Ottawa matched its season-long losing streak. ... The Stars played the fifth game of a six-game homestand. ... Dallas C Mike Modano sat out his third straight game while recovering from an appendectomy. ... Ottawa was making its first trip to Dallas since Dec. 7, 2007, and second since the 2003-04 season. ... Richards reached the 20-goal mark for the seventh time in his career. ... Leclaire hasn't won since Jan. 3.