Jason Robertson scores twice as Dallas Stars dominate struggling Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1

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DALLAS (AP) — Jason Robertson scored twice and Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists, helping the Dallas Stars beat the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1 on Saturday.

Jamie Benn and Mason Marchment each had a goal and an assist for Dallas (14-5-3), which raced out to an early 3-0 lead. Tyler Seguin, Thomas Harley and Sam Steel also scored, and Jake Oettinger made 32 saves.

Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning (10-10-5), who have lost four consecutive games for the first time this season.

The eight goals matched a season high for Dallas and are the most allowed by Tampa Bay.

Andrei Vasilevskiy was relieved after two periods, allowing six goals on 25 shots in his fourth start since returning last week following offseason back surgery. Jonas Johansson allowed the goals to Harley and Steel late in the game.

Vasilevskiy, a former Vezina and Conn Smythe winner, entered with a 13-2-3 career record and 1.76 goals-against average against Dallas in regular-season play, plus all six decisions in the Bolts’ 2020 Stanley Cup Final victory over the Stars.

“This is his fourth game in almost a year, so he’s getting his legs back,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “He’s still the best in the world.”

Robertson has eight goals in 22 games after scoring 18 to this point last season, when he led Dallas with 46. Benn, the NHL’s 2014-15 scoring champion, had one goal in his previous 13 games.

“We’ve had different guys battling some confidence in scoring at different points,” Dallas coach Pete DeBoer said. “The right guys got goals tonight.”

Seguin opened the scoring at 1:01 by bunting in a puck that popped up on a centering pass by Marchment.

Robertson made it 2-0 by squeezing a shot between Vasilevskiy’s right skate and the post at 6:28 of the first.

Benn made it 3-0 at 7:39 on a breakaway goal on Dallas’ seventh shot on net.

“It just seems like there’s a black cloud hanging over us,” Tampa Bay defenseman Calvin de Haan said.

The Lightning capitalized on a double-minor penalty on Miro Heiskanen. Hedman whistled home a shot from the high slot 1:04 into the power play.

Marchment followed his first two-goal game of the season on Thursday at Calgary by scoring on a wrist shot at 3:42 of the second period for a 4-1 lead.

Pavelski’s power-play goal at 12:25 of the second increased his team-high total to 11 on the season.

Robertson’s second goal was also a power-play score, at 14:23 of the second. He converted a rebound after Benn’s shot caromed off the post.

Nikita Kucherov, who went into play leading the NHL with 39 points, assisted on Hedman’s goal to extend his point streak to nine games (four goals, 13 assists).

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The teams will complete the home-and-home series at Tampa Bay on Monday.

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