The Dallas Stars used a balanced offense to cool off the Minnesota Wild.
Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney and Cody Eakin each had a goal and an assist Friday night to lead the Stars to a 5-3 victory and end the Wild's seven-game winning streak.
Erik Cole and Tomas Vincour also scored for Dallas, which moved within one point of the Western Conference's final playoff spot. Jaromir Jagr also earned his 1,000th career NHL assist.
After losing to the Wild on Monday at home, the Stars regrouped and rebounded with a strong effort, scoring three third-period goals -- two on power plays -- to earn the victory.
''It was real big for us, we needed the points to claw our way into that top eight,'' Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. ''I thought we were more focused and determined to play a direct game from the beginning.
''I just think we played with more grit. We capitalized on our power plays, and those were the things that we didn't do (Monday) in the third.''
Kari Lehtonen, who gave up six goals ...