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NHL: Pittsburgh 3, Dallas 1

Nov. 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- James Neal scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season Friday, both coming on the power play, rallying the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 victory over Dallas.

The Penguins ended the Stars' four-game winning streak and handed Dallas only its fourth setback of the season.

Neal, a former member of the Stars, tied the game with 2:04 to play in the second period and gave the Penguins the lead 7:19 into the third. The final Pittsburgh goal was scored on a penalty shot by Matt Cooke at the midway point of the closing period.

The Penguins won their second in a row and moved one point in front of Dallas for the best record in the NHL.

This was the third game in a four-game road trip that was expected to test the Stars, who have gotten off to a surprisingly good start this year. Dallas won the first two stops in the trip, downing Carolina and Washington. The journey ends Saturday in Detroit.

The lone Dallas goal came from Eric Nystrom in the opening period.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves to get the victory. Kari Lehtonen stopped 29-of-32 shots for the Stars.

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