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“(Special teams have) been real important,” Ruff said. “The power play has been really good, and we had a big kill when they could have gotten back in the game.”

Benn had given the Stars a short-lived 1-0 lead at 7:09 of the first period. His drive from the top of the slot went over Bernier and under the crossbar.

Thirty seconds later, Kulemin tied the game by deflecting a similar shot by teammate Carl Gunnarsson past Lehtonen.

The Stars regained the lead at 15:47 when Eakin fired a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle for his 12th goal, just 12 seconds after Dallas killed a penalty.

Nichushkin extended the Stars‘ advantage to 3-1 at 6:36 of the second period when he deflected in Benn’s shot from the blue line.

Less than two minutes after Nichushkin’s goal, Horcoff took a pass at the blue line, outskated two defenders and beat Reimer with a low shot. At 11:37, Peverley scored when he and Benn skated in 2-on-2. Defenseman Daley sent a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle into the net at 15:33 for his third goal this season and a 6-1 lead.

“We worked hard and created a turnover,” Daley said. “I just closed my eyes and shot.”

Peverley added: “We kept trying to score. That’s what you have to do. You don’t want to let up.”

NOTES: Benn, 24, became the first Dallas player to reach 100 career goals before his 25th birthday. … Eakin left in the third period because of an upper-body injury. “I think he’s going to be OK,” Ruff said. “We’ll see tomorrow.” … The Stars‘ Alex Cole played in his 800th NHL game. … An assist on Kulemin’s goal gave Nazem Kadri five in the last five games. … The last time Toronto won seven consecutive games was in 2003-04. … Dallas had lost its previous seven games against Eastern Conference opponents. … The Stars‘ power play has scored in six games in a row, with a total of seven goals. Dallas killed all three minor penalties, and has been successful 11 consecutive times. The Maple Leafs have allowed 11 power-play goals in their last 14 games. … In 58 career games against Toronto, Gonchar has 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists).