The Hot Corner | Stars Take Over Third Period

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The Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers played on Thursday.

Here is what happened on the field, on the ice, and behind the scenes in Dallas pro sports.

Dallas Stars (39-19-14, first in Central Division, tied second in Western Conference)
Last Game: Stars 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2

Joe Pavelski’s third-period goal broke a 1-1 tie, and Jamie Benn added another just 1:34 later to give Dallas a two-goal lead. Pittsburgh was able to cut the deficit to one but could not find the back of the net during a barrage of late shots with its goalie pulled.

Noteworthy: Defenseman Miro Heiskanen recorded a point for the 12th consecutive game with an assist on Pavelski’s goal, breaking Carl Hartsburg’s franchise record 11-game point streak set in 1986.

— Jason Robertson passed Tyler Seguin for most points by a Stars player in their first 200 games with the club after tallying two assists on Thursday.

— Penguins forward Sidney Crosby scored the first goal of his career in Dallas to tie the game at one in the second period.

Next Up: Vancouver Canucks (32-34-5) at Stars, 6 p.m. CT Saturday


Texas Rangers (12-13-2, eighth in Cactus League)
Last Game: Rangers 7, Oakland Athletics 7

The Rangers gave up four runs in the final two innings to finish with their second tie of spring training. Texas hit four home runs in the game but could not keep Oakland’s offense from responding each time.

Noteworthy: Corey Seager extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the first inning, tying Elvis Andrus’ streak from 2013.

— The Rangers have two Cactus League games remaining. Andrew Heaney will start against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, and Jacob deGrom will start the finale against the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

— Texas opens the regular season at home against the Philadelphia Phillies at 3:05 p.m. CT Thursday.

Next Up: Rangers at Chicago Cubs (14-10), 3:05 p.m. CT Friday


Dallas Mavericks (36-37, second in Southwest Division, tied eighth in Western Conference)
Noteworthy: The Mavericks hold the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoffs with nine games left. Dallas trails Minnesota by half a game, leads Utah by half a game, and is tied with New Orleans, Oklahoma City, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

— Six of the Mavs’ remaining games are against teams still in the playoff hunt.

— Luka Doncic has the 10th-most triple-doubles in NBA history, three shy of Larry Bird in ninth place.

Next Up: Charlotte Hornets (23-51) at Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. CT Friday


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