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5 takeaways: Special teams the name of the game in 4-1 victory

DALLAS — Oh, what a night for Roope Hintz. His multi-shorthanded goal performance dazzled the sold-out crowd of 18,532 inside American Airlines Center and lifted the Stars to a resounding 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Jamie Benn also contributed two points while Jake Oettinger delivered a sparkling 35-save performance to give the Stars two important points in the standings.

Here are the five takeaways of the game.

Video: Hintz nets 2 short-handed goals in a 4-1 victory

 

HIP, HIP, ROOPE!

Hintz’ three-game scoring streak ended on Thursday in Minnesota, but the dynamic 25-year-old rebounded in a huge way on Saturday against the Blues. A true triple threat, Hintz can beat you at even strength, on the power play and on the penalty kill.

Hintz punished the Blues with two shorthanded goals to place him in rare company in the franchise’s history books.

Video: STL@DAL: Hintz nets one-timer on the rush for a SHG

He became one of four players in franchise history to record two shorthanded goals in a game and the first in Dallas Stars history (1993-present) to accomplish the feat. It also marked the first time it had ever been done on home ice.

After going the first 11 games of the season without a goal, Hintz now has five in his past five games and ranks tied for second (with Tyler Seguin) in that category.

Video: STL@DAL: Hintz roofs a shot in tight for 2nd SHG

 
SPECIAL TEAMS KINDA NIGHT

Often the difference on any given night, special teams once again played a factor in the outcome of this one.

Ryan Suter‘s point shot early in the second period gave the Stars at least one power-play goal in eight of their past nine games. Dallas entered the contest tied for the third-best conversion rate in the NHL (26.8%, 11-for-41).

And on the penalty kill, if Hintz’ first goal wasn’t deflating, his second one sure was.

Video: STL@DAL: Benn tips the puck with his glove for a PPG

 
OETTINGER COMES UP BIG

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