Defenseman Trevor Daley and James Neal each scored a pair of goals and Adam Burish ended a 10-game drought as the Dallas Stars skated to a 6-1 home victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday.
Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves in his first start against his former team while Mike Ribeiro, Brad Richards, defenseman Stephane Robidas and Jamie Benn notched two assists apiece for the Stars, who have won three in a row and are 5-0-1 in their last six.
Lehtonen, who also recorded an assist, was drafted second overall by Atlanta in 2002 and went 98-83-17 in 204 games with the Thrashers before being dealt to Dallas on Feb. 9.
Loui Eriksson extended his points streak to nine games with an assist for Dallas, which has won six of seven home meetings with Atlanta. Ribeiro stretched his run to eight contests.
Daley opened the scoring with a power-play goal 9 1/2 minutes into the contest, but captain Andrew Ladd knotted it at 6:21 of the second period with his 16th of the season. All-Star defenseman Tobias Enstrom notched an assist on the play as he and Ladd both stretched their points streaks to six games.
Burish snapped the tie at 13:58 with his first tally since Dec. 21 and Daley added another man-advantage goal late in the session for a 3-1 lead. Neal tallied twice in the latter half of the third and blue-liner Jeff Woywitka scored on the power play with 68 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.
Ondrej Pavelec allowed six goals on 24 shots for Atlanta after replacing Chris Mason, who stopped all three shots he faced before leaving with a lower body injury at 7:48 of the first period.