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Stars 5, Flames 1

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DALLAS -- Offense clearly wasn't an issue for the Dallas Stars as they erupted for three goals within 1:01 in the second period of a 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center. Captain Jamie Benn scored twice and rookie Alex Chiasson added two goals and an assist for Dallas, which also got a 28-save performance from goaltender Kari Lehtonen in his first start since Oct. 11.

Dallas, which snapped a two-game losing streak, led 1-0 after one period, striking first 4:04 into the game when Chiasson netted his first of two goals on the night. After Ray Whitney, who finished with two assists, sent the puck toward the Calgary net, Chiasson's initial shot was denied by Flames goaltender Karri Ramo. But Chiasson collected the rebound and flipped it in to give the Stars their first lead.

The Flames tied it up 4:30 into the second period when Lee Stempniak beat Lehtonen on his short side with a 30-foot wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.

But at 11:11 of the middle frame, Chiasson put Dallas ahead for good when he scored his fifth of the season off a 20-foot wrister that glanced off Ramo's shoulder before going in. His shot was initially not deemed a goal but after a review about 20 seconds later, a goal was awarded.

Benn then added his second of the season just 18 seconds later when the Dallas captain connected with a 32-foot wrister over Ramo's right shoulder to make it 3-1. And the Stars capped their impressive offensive flurry at 12:12 when Brenden Dillon scored his third of the season off a 65-foot wrister from near the blue line after Shawn Horcoff won a faceoff.

At 3:36 of the third, Benn added a second, scoring on a backhand after his initial volley deflected off the end boards. Benn collected the carom, skated around the left side of the visiting net before slipping it in off Ramo's pads. Chiasson got the lone assist on Benn's tally.

Lehtonen missed the past five games with a lower-body injury before returning to full practice earlier in the week. Dallas went 1-4-0 during his absence.

Ramo stopped 29 of the 34 shots he faced for Calgary, which ended its five-game road trip at 1-4-0.

NOTES: Scratches for Calgary were D Mark Giordano, out with an undisclosed injury, LW Sven Baertschi and RW Brian McGrattan. ... Stars D Alex Goligoski and D Aaron Rome, who cleared waivers Thursday morning, were healthy scratches. ... Flames C Matt Stajan, who has missed the past eight games with a leg injury, returned to the ice for Calgary for the first time since Oct. 3 at Washington. ... Stars D Kevin Connauton, acquired in an April trade with Vancouver for C Derek Roy, made his NHL debut at the blue line alongside veteran D Sergei Gonchar. ... Thursday's game marked the end of a five-game road trip for Calgary. The Flames were 1-3-0 through the trip's first four games. ... Scouts from seven NHL teams were in the press box for the game. ... Announced attendance was 13,122.

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