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Purcell lifts Lightning past Stars, 2-1

Teddy Purcell scored twice, and Mathieu Garon made 27 saves to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Friday night.

With the game even at 1, Purcell carried the puck from the right circle into the slot and backhanded a shot past goalie Kari Lehtonen at 3:36 of the final period for Purcell's 11th of the season.

Martin St. Louis had the primary assist on each of Purcell's goals.

The Lightning have allowed the most goals in the NHL this season (160) and had given up three or more goals in each of their last seven games.

But Garon and the Tampa Bay defense shut down a Dallas offense that has managed four goals in the last four games.

Dallas is without its top two centers, All-Star Jamie Benn (appendectomy) and Mike Ribeiro (knee).

The Lightning have won two straight following a seven-game winless streak (0-6-1).

Tom Wandell scored and Lehtonen stopped 20 shots for the Stars, 1-4-1 in their last six.

Purcell was alone in the slot and flipped a wrist shot past Lehtonen with 1:12 left in the first period.

The Lightning dominated the first period with a 13-5 shots advantage.

Garon was down for several minutes in the crease at 4:33 of the second period with an apparent right shoulder injury after he collided with teammate Steven Stamkos on a scramble in front of the net, but Garon remained in the game.

The Stars drew even at 1 at 1:22 of the third period when Loui Eriksson's centering pass glanced off Wandell's skate and past Garon. The goal was upheld when a video review showed that Wandell didn't kick the puck into the net.

NOTES: Tampa Bay is without D Victor Hedman (concussion), D Marc-Andre Bergeron (back), RW Adam Hall (arm), D Mattias Ohlund (knee), RW Ryan Shannon (lower body) and RW R.T. Wyman (finger). ... The teams were meeting for the only time this season. ... Dallas is 4 for 45 on the power play in the last 14 games. Tampa Bay is 2 for 27 with the man advantage in its last nine games. ... The Lightning were 0-5-1 in their last six on the road.