DALLAS – Jamie Benn scored a short-handed goal, Brad Richards added a power-play tally, and the surging Dallas Stars beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Adam Burish, Karlis Skrastins and Loui Eriksson added goals for the Stars, 10-0-2 in their last 12 at home. Stephane Robidas had three assists, and Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves to help Dallas improve to 11-2-2 in its last 15.
Carey Price, starting for the 10th time in 11 games, allowed all five goals on 17 shots for Montreal.
Brian Gionta scored short-handed and Mathieu Darche added an even-strength goal for the Canadiens, 1-5 in their last six. Montreal played the second game of a seven-game trip.
Burish's deflection off Steve Ott's pass gave the Stars the lead at 6:59 of the first period. Burish batted at the puck with his stick, about waist high, and the goal stood up after a video review.
Benn broke through two defenders and backhanded a shot through Price's pads to make it 2-0 at 13:59 of the first period. Montreal had gone on the power play 16 seconds earlier.
Skrastins stretched the advantage to 3-0 at 2:31 of the second when he buried a rebound past Price.
Darche scored when the puck glanced off his skate and past Lehtonen, making it 3-1 at 10:43 of the second.
But Richards' shot from the left point went in off Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges at 17:00 of the second period to restore Dallas' three-goal lead.
Gionta's goal from the left circle at 12:15 of the third drew the Canadiens within 4-2, but Eriksson answered with a redirected 53 seconds later.
NOTES: It was the only meeting this season between the teams. ... Darche's goal also withstood a video review, when it was determined he didn't kick the puck into the net. ... The Stars hadn't beaten the Canadiens since Dec. 23, 2007. ... Benn has two of Dallas' four short-handed goals. ... Skrastins scored his second goal of the season and 31st of his career in his 792nd game. ... Dallas scored on four of its first 12 shots. ... The Stars have won 13 straight and are 16-2 when they score first. ... Dallas has scored a power-play goal in six straight games.