Hintz scores two shorthanded goals to help Stars defeat Blues

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DALLASRoope Hintz scored two shorthanded goals for the Dallas Stars in a 4-1 win against the St. Louis Blues at the American Airlines Center on Saturday.

Hintz is the fourth player in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history to score two shorthanded goals in one game, and the first to do it since the team relocated to Dallas for the 1993-94 season. 

Jamie Benn scored twice, Michael Raffl assisted on both shorthanded goals, and Jake Oettinger made 35 saves for the Stars (7-7-2), who have won three straight at home.

Jordan Binnington made 29 saves and Brandon Saad scored for the Blues (9-6-2).

Benn scored a power-play goal to give the Stars a 1-0 lead at 5:16 of the second period when he deflected a Ryan Suter shot from the blue line to beat Binnington in the top corner of the net. He has points in four straight games against the Blues (three goals, one assist).

The goal came four minutes after Stars forward Alexander Radulov was stopped on a penalty shot, which was awarded when Blues defenseman Colton Parayko held his stick on a breakaway chance at 1:47.

Hintz finished off a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush past a sprawling Binnington when Raffl sent the puck to his stick on a cross-ice pass in the slot to extend the Stars lead to 2-0 at 10:49. 

The Blues cut the lead to 2-1 on a power-play goal at 12:21 when Saad deflected a rebound that caromed over the head of Oettinger.

Dallas extended the lead to 3-1 when Hintz scored his second shorthanded goal at 3:55 of the third period. Raffl forced a turnover by St. Louis defenseman Torey Krug to create a 2-on-1 rush and then passed the puck to Hintz streaking down the left side.

Benn scored into an empty net at 18:31 for the 4-1 final.

The other multiple shorthanded goal games for Dallas/Minnesota were Bill Collins in 1970, Dirk Graham in 1986 and Neal Broten in 1988. Hintz is the first to do so on home ice.  

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