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Cedric Paquette and Brett Connolly lead Lightning to 5-1 win over Stars

DALLAS – Cedric Paquette and Brett Connolly each scored a goal and assisted on another as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Tuesday night.

The Lightning scored 37 seconds into the game, when Richard Panik put a rebound past Dallas goalie Anders Lindback. Jonathan Marchessault and Paquette assisted.

Connolly assisted on Paquette’s goal in the third period and then scored one himself 4 1/2 minutes later.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made 21 saves. Lindback stopped 28 shots but gave up five goals.

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Tampa Bay’s special teams provided two goals in the second period. J.T. Brown stole the puck on a short-handed goal, and Nikita Kucherov scored on the power play.

Jamie Benn scored for the Stars on a rebound at 14:50 of the second.

Dallas completed its preseason schedule with a 4-2 record. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who left Monday’s game with a concussion, is expected to play in the season opener Oct. 9.