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Jay LaPrete, Associated Press
Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32), of Finland, makes a save as Trevor Daley, right, and Columbus Blue Jackets' Derek Dorsett wait for a rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jamie Benn scored two goals and Kari Lehtonen had 26 saves to make an early lead stand up in the Dallas Stars' 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Alex Goligoski and Stephane Robidas each had a goal and an assist, and Mike Ribeiro added two assists for the Stars, who began the night 12th in the Western Conference but just two points behind eighth-place Minnesota.

Dallas led 3-0 barely 21 minutes in and then hung on behind Lehtonen to win its fourth in the last six games.

Vinny Prospal and Rick Nash scored, and Fedor Tyutin and Derick Brassard had two assists apiece for Columbus, which was trying for its first three-game winning streak of the season.