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Stars’ Ruff Earns 600th Win

  • Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, center, looks to teammate Marco Scandella, right, to clear away the puck as Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak, left, stands near in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, center, looks to teammate Marco Scandella, right, to clear away the puck as Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak, left, stands near in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, center, looks to teammate Marco Scandella, right, to clear away the puck as Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak, left, stands near in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, center, looks to teammate Marco Scandella, right, to clear away the puck as Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak, left, stands near in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Calgary Flames' Lance Bouma, left, gets checked into the boards by Minnesota Wild's Nate Prosser in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Calgary Flames' Lance Bouma, left, gets checked into the boards by Minnesota Wild's Nate Prosser in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Calgary Flames' Lance Bouma, left, gets checked into the boards by Minnesota Wild's Nate Prosser in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Calgary Flames' Lance Bouma, left, gets checked into the boards by Minnesota Wild's Nate Prosser in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Minnesota Wild's Dany Heatley, left, cuts the corner as he is pursued by Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan as goalie Reto Berra, right, defends the net in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Minnesota Wild's Dany Heatley, left, cuts the corner as he is pursued by Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan as goalie Reto Berra, right, defends the net in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Minnesota Wild's Dany Heatley, left, cuts the corner as he is pursued by Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan as goalie Reto Berra, right, defends the net in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Minnesota Wild's Dany Heatley, left, cuts the corner as he is pursued by Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan as goalie Reto Berra, right, defends the net in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, center, looks to teammate Marco Scandella, right, to clear away the puck as Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak, left, stands near in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, center, looks to teammate Marco Scandella, right, to clear away the puck as Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak, left, stands near in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Calgary Flames' Lance Bouma, left, gets checked into the boards by Minnesota Wild's Nate Prosser in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Calgary Flames' Lance Bouma, left, gets checked into the boards by Minnesota Wild's Nate Prosser in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Minnesota Wild's Dany Heatley, left, cuts the corner as he is pursued by Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan as goalie Reto Berra, right, defends the net in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Minnesota Wild's Dany Heatley, left, cuts the corner as he is pursued by Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan as goalie Reto Berra, right, defends the net in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 3, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Dallas — Alex Chiasson broke a third-period tie with his first goal in 13 games, and Lindy Ruff earned his 600th NHL coaching victory with a 3-2 win over his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, on Monday night.

Jamie Benn’s slap shot from the blue line deflected off Chiasson and past goalie Jhonas Enroth for a power-play goal at 10:25 of the third.

The Stars opened a two-point lead over their closest pursuers for eighth place in the Western Conference. Ruff posted his first 571 wins with the Sabres before joining the Stars.

Defensemen Jordie Benn and Alex Goligoski both scored their third goal of the season for the Stars, who overcame a 1-0 deficit. Benn had been scoreless for 11 games, and Goligoski had gone 48 without a goal.

Tyler Ennis scored twice for Buffalo, with Matt Moulson assisting on both goals. The second got the Sabres even at 3:23 of the third.

Wild 3, Flames 2

St. Paul, Minn. — Jared Spurgeon’s power-play goal in the third period helped the Minnesota Wild notch their season-high fifth straight win, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Kyle Brodziak also scored, rookie Darcy Kuemper stopped 21 shots during his 15th start in a row, and the Wild raised their record at home to 22-7-2. Playing in front of their fans for the first time in 25 days due to the Olympic break, the Wild also improved to 14-4-2 since the new year began while welcoming captain Mikko Koivu back from injury.

Blue Jackets 2, Maple Leafs 1

Toronto — Dalton Prout and Artem Anisimov scored second-period goals, and the Columbus Blue Jackets held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Monday night.

Toronto dropped its third straight since the Winter Olympics. The Maple Leafs had won seven consecutive at home, their best stretch there since a nine-game run in the 2006-07 season.

Prout, a defenseman, and Anisimov scored less than three minutes apart for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves in the win. The Blue Jackets completed a three-game season sweep of Toronto.

Mason Raymond had the lone goal for Toronto, bringing the Maple Leafs within a goal with 4:15 remaining. Toronto made a late flurry after goalie James Reimer was pulled for an extra skater, but couldn’t tie it.

Reimer made 31 saves.