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DALLAS -- Lindy Ruff's first win as an NHL head coach came with the Buffalo Sabres in October 1997. He recorded career win No. 600 against Buffalo on Monday night, when the Dallas Stars earned a 3-2 victory at American Airlines Center.

Stars rookie right winger Alex Chiasson delivered the game-winner with 9:35 remaining in the third period. He got in front of a shot by Dallas center and captain Jamie Benn, which deflected in off Chiasson's leg for a power-play goal.

Buffalo saw its three-game winning streak end despite a two-goal game from left winger Tyler Ennis and two assists from left winger Matt Moulson.

The Stars got two assists from left winger Ray Whitney and 21 saves from goalie Kari Lehtonen, who earned his 24th victory.

Dallas (29-22-10) dominated play in the first period, outshooting the Sabres 16-5. However, Buffalo led after 20 minutes. Ennis' goal with 2:43 remaining came after Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn turned over the puck near the Stars blue line.

Sabres right winger Drew Stafford collected the puck and rushed up the left side of the boards before feeding Ennis, who one-timed the puck past Lehtonen to make it 1-0.

The Stars had a solid chance with 3:21 remaining in the opening period, but a one-timer by center Cody Eakin from the left point rang off the left post.

Dallas pulled even early in the second when Jordie Benn beat Buffalo goaltender Jhonas Enroth with a slap shot from the left point 1:30 into the period. Benn's third goal of the season beat Enroth short side to make it a 1-1 contest.

Dallas then took its first lead late in the second period when defenseman Alex Goligoski scored his first goal in 47 games with 5.1 seconds remaining before the second intermission.

Defenseman Trevor Daley's initial shot from the left point was deflected by center Ryan Garbutt before striking the far post. However, center Shawn Horcoff collected the rebound for Dallas and slipped the puck to Goligoski, who finished for his first goal since Nov. 1.

Buffalo (18-35-8) answered to tie the game at 2-2 early in the second when Ennis scored his second of the game off a rebound. Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain took the initial shot, which was tipped by Moulson. After the shot careened off the end boards, Ennis was waiting at the far post and tapped in the rebound.

The game didn't remain tied for long, as Dallas pulled ahead again with 9:35 remaining when Chiasson scored on a deflection. The Stars went on the power play at 8:40 of the third when Buffalo right winger Matt D'Agostini was whistled for hooking.

Enroth stopped 36 shots for the Sabres. He left the ice with 20 seconds remaining, but the Sabres couldn't force overtime.

NOTES: The Sabres scratched C Zenon Konopka and D Alexander Sulzer. ... D Aaron Rome was the lone scratch for Dallas. ... Sabres C Tyler Ennis returned to the ice after missing two games with general body soreness. Ennis scored his 15th goal of the season late in the first period and added a second goal early in the third period. ... D Brenden Dillon returned to the Dallas blue line after sitting out Saturday, the first game he missed this season. ... A representative from the Chicago Blackhawks was in the press box for the game. ... Stars coach Lindy Ruff coached the Sabres for nearly 15 seasons before being fired in February 2013. ... Stars assistant coach James Patrick was an assistant in Buffalo for seven seasons. ... The announced attendance was 14,235.

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