Kari Lehtonen clearly is making the Stars a better team, but the Stars also are improving on their own.

Lehtonen played his 11th straight game, played on back-to-back nights, and pushed his record to 9-3-2 with a 7-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

However, this was a game in which the Stars finally gave their MVP a rocking chair and told him to sit back and enjoy the night.

Jamie Benn had a career-best six-point night with a goal and five assists. Tyler Seguin had a career-best four-goal night and added one assist. It was a dominant performance for a team that has struggled on the second night of back-to-back games.

Dallas is now 10-7-2 overall and has won five straight on the road.
It was a continuation of a nice run for the Stars. After getting outshot by an average of 6.5 shots per game in the first eight games of the season, the Stars are now winning the battles on most nights. In the past 10 games, they have been outshot only twice -- and that was by two against Winnipeg and one against Detroit.

“We’re starting to play with confidence out there,” Benn said. “It seems like we’re making steps every game and getting better every game, and that’s the goal. We need to keep pushing it.”

Lehtonen was solid early and helped the Stars push through what was expected to be a challenging first period. Dallas played in Edmonton on Wednesday and was facing a Calgary team that had vowed to overcome slow starts. So when the Stars were able to hold the Flames to six shots on goal and score the important first goal, things looked good for Dallas.

The Benn-Seguin-Valeri Nichushkin line was impressive, and helped Stephane Robidas score his second goal of the season at the 6:27 mark of the first. Benn and Nichushkin worked the puck well, Robidas put a shot on goal, and Nichushkin set a screen to help the puck slip through.