Jagr, Ryder and Benn score, Stars beat Sharks 3-1

Stars vs. Sharks

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Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars fights with Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks at American Airlines Center on February 23, 2013. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn scored a goal and added an assist, and the Dallas Stars' struggling power play connected twice in a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder also scored for Dallas, and Cristopher Nilstorp was outstanding in making 31 saves for his first NHL win.

The Stars, 1-3 in their previous four games, snapped an 0-for-16, power-play skid and scored on consecutive opportunities to take a 2-0 lead early in the third period.

Patrick Marleau notched the only goal for San Jose, his 12th of the season, but the Sharks fell to 1-6-2 in their last nine. Antti Niemi made 25 saves.

With Kari Lehtonen missing his third straight game because of a groin injury, Nilstorp stepped up to earn the victory.

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