Heiskanen’s third-period goal lifts Stars over Devils 5-4
Seguin and Benn have been under scrutiny since Stars CEO Jim Lites ripped Dallas’ highest-paid players Friday for “terrible play.” Seguin ended a five-game goal drought that dated almost two weeks. Benn scored in his second straight game but didn’t play for most of the final two periods because of an upper-body injury.
Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood made 35 saves.
Ben Bishop finished with 30 saves, 16 in the third period after making only one stop in the first, which ended 1-1 even though Dallas outshot New Jersey 16-2. New Jersey had no shots on goal for a total of 23:42 spanning the first and second periods.
Heiskanen, who had five shots on goal in the first period, was rewarded when he scored at 3:21 of the second while the teams were skating 4-on-4. Two players from each team were in the penalty box after an altercation at 2:05. New Jersey’s Miles Wood received a major penalty for interference that knocked Benn from the game.
Wood was still in the box when Seguin scored a power-play goal from the left circle at 6:38.
The Devils pulled within a goal during an eight-second flurry when Nico Hischier stole the puck for a breakaway, had two shots stopped by Bishop, retrieved both rebounds and passed to Bratt at the top of the slot at 11:08.
Seguin scored his second goal with a short wrist shot at 12:24 for a 4-2 lead.
New Jersey rallied to tie with goals by Stafford at 17:21 and Boyle at 18:48, but Heiskanen won it by skating the puck from the blue line to the crease and beating Blackwood on the backhand.
NOTES: Palmieri has scored at least 20 goals in four straight seasons. … LW Taylor Hall, currently on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, is New Jersey’s All-Star. … Dallas D Julius Honka (upper body) left the game in the third period.
Devils: Play the second game of a four-game trip at Arizona on Friday.
Stars: Finish a four-game homestand on Friday against Washington.
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