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“We needed to fight back, and we did,” Ruff said. “When it was 3-2, we had two or three unbelievable opportunities to tie it up. If Fiddler takes another look and just gets it up, it’s in the net.”

Salo extended Tampa Bay’s lead to 4-2. He took a pass off a faceoff in the neutral zone, skated in to the high slot and sent a slap shot into the top of the net.

“I think we kind of burst their bubble when we got that fourth one,” Cooper said.

NOTES: Before Thursday, St. Louis hadn’t scored since a four-goal game Jan. 18. He has scored 29 times, with multiple goals in seven games. He has a five-game point streak (four goals, three assists, seven points). … Palat has at least a point in four consecutive games. … Dallas had outscored its previous 10 opponents 31-13. … The Lightning have a 5-0-2 record in the past seven games against the Stars. The teams hadn’t met in more than 2 years, since Tampa Bay’s 2-1 victory Jan. 20, 2012, in Dallas. … A puck sent into the Stars‘ bench hit Ruff in the head, cutting him between his eyebrows. “I’ve been hit harder. I have a small cut and a little headache,” he said … The Stars are 1-5-3 this season in games when they’ve had 40 or more shots on goal. . Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon was inactive because of a lower-body injury.