Stars shut out Sabres to keep first wild-card spot

Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots to back Jamie Benn’s first-period goal, and the Stars beat Buffalo 1-0 in Dallas on Wednesday night.

Bishop made 13 saves in the third period, getting his third shutout this season and 27th of his career.

Benn scored 8:39 in off a pass from former Buffalo defenseman Taylor Fedun. Benn stick-handled to the front of the net, put the puck on his forehand and sent a wrist shot inside the right post. Linus Ullmark stopped Dallas’ other 26 shots on goal.

The Stars maintained position for the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Buffalo remained three points behind Columbus for the East’s second wild-card spot.

Penguins 4, Lightning 2: Kris Letang tied Hall of Famer Paul Coffey’s franchise record for career goals by a defenseman, Matt Murray stopped 33 shots and host Pittsburgh held off NHL-leading Tampa Bay. Letang’s shot from the right circle in the second period beat Andrei Vasilevskiy for his 12th goal of the season and 108th of his career to pull the five-time All-Star even with Coffey. The Penguins’ Riley Sheahan, Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby scored in the first period.

Devils’ doings: New Jersey defenseman Sami Vatanen has a concussion and will be out indefinitely, the team said. The Devils also acquired defenseman Ryan Murphy, a 2011 first-round pick who has appeared in two NHL games this season, from Minnesota for minor-league defenseman Michael Kapla.

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