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Stars use 4-goal second period to dominate Blue Jackets, 5-1

Joe Pavelski scored his team-high 18th goal of the season as one of five Dallas players with a goal and an assist, and the Stars scored four times in 6½ minutes in the second period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 on Saturday night.

Denis Gurianov, Jamie Benn, John Klingberg and Esa Lindell also had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who are on a season-high six-game point streak (3-0-3). Rookie goalie Jake Oettinger made 20 saves in improving to 5-0-1 this season against Columbus.

Vladislav Gavrikov scored for the Blue Jackets, who are 0-4-1 in their last five games and 2-10-2 in their last 14. Joonas Korpisalo was pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots, three during a 3:24 span midway through the second.

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov (44) scores a goal on Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Dallas. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

After Gavrikov and Benn traded first-period goals, Gurianov began Dallas’ second-period barrage on a give-and-go with Benn at 10:10. A little more than 3 minutes later, Pavelski hit on a spinning backhander from the low slot. Klingberg scored another 20 seconds later when a puck deflected off sliding Blue Jackets defenseman Scott Harrington. After Elvis Merzlikins replaced Korpisalo, Lindell scored on a wrist shot from the high slot with 3;20 left.

Jason Robertson and Roope Hintz had two assists each.

Dallas swept the two-game series from Columbus beginning with Thursday’s 4-1 win to finish the season series 5-2-1. The Stars rallied from a 1-0 deficit in both games to improve to 4-10-7 in games in which their opponents scored first.

Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexandre Texier (42) dives for a loose puck in front of Dallas Stars defenseman Andrej Sekera (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Dallas. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

Blue Jackets center Max Domi drew a 10-minute misconduct penalty late in the second period, his second in three games.

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Dallas Stars left wing Roope Hintz (24) skates for the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Andrew Peeke (2) pursues during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Dallas. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

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Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Dallas. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) is unable to stop Dallas Stars right wing Denis Gurianov's shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Dallas. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) watches as defenseman Seth Jones (3) blocks a shot from Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Dallas. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)