Stars drop Caps to claim NHL's best record

Stars drop Caps to claim NHL's best record

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Dallas Stars center Tom Wandell (23) of Sweden and Washington Capitals center Cody Eakin (50) chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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by DAVID GINSBURG

Associated Press

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 9:56 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Ryder scored twice, Adam Burish had the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the surprising Dallas Stars beat Washington 5-2 Tuesday night to snap the Capitals' six-game home winning streak.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots for the Stars, who have won four straight and own the best record in the NHL (11-3-0).

Burish put Dallas ahead to stay at 34 seconds of the third period, and Jamie Benn and Eric Nystrom scored in a 32-second span to make it 5-2 with 11:55 left.

Trevor Daley had two assists for the Stars, giving him 100 for his career. Benn also had two assists.

Alexander Semin and John Carlson scored for the Capitals, whose 6-0 start at home was the best in franchise history. Washington has dropped two in a row overall following a 9-2 start.

Michal Neuvirth had 31 saves for the Capitals, but he was no match for the Stars in the third period. After Burish put in a backhander, Benn scored on the power play and Nystrom hammered a wrist shot into the back of the net.

Dallas has lost only one game in regulation to the Capitals in the past 20 meetings between the teams. This was the only game between the Stars and Washington this season.

Ryder put the Stars up 1-0 midway through the first period when he deflected a wrist shot by Daley past Neuvirth.

Semin tied it with a power-play goal at 15:43, but Ryder answered less than two minutes later with a dandy display of stickwork on the left side of the net. After skating around defenseman Roman Hamrlik, Ryder deked Neuvirth and scored.

Carlson tied it at 15:56 of the second period. After Marcus Johansson won a faceoff in the Dallas end, Cody Eakin sent the puck back to Carlson, who unleashed a slap shot that went through Lehtonen's legs.

Notes: Washington D Mike Green missed a sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... Dallas is 3-0-0 against the Eastern Conference. ... Lehtonen improved to 11-1-0. ... The Capitals acquired 21-year-old defenseman Tomas Kundratek from the New York Rangers for RW Francois Bouchard in a trade involving minor leaguers.

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