Jamie Benn pushed the deadline to become the NHL scoring leader to 8.5 seconds.
He finished a hat trick with an empty-netter with 2:05 left on the clock in the third to tie Islanders forward John Tavares, and then passed him with a secondary assist on Cody Eakin's goal at 19:51. Benn became the first in franchise history to win the Art Ross Trophy.
Benn ended the season with 35 goals and 52 assists for 87 points. Even though he was a top line left wing for Dallas, Benn didn’t find himself in serious contention for Art Ross until after center Tyler Seguin was sidelined with a knee injury from Feb. 13 to March 7. Seguin was considered one of the top scorers for the Stars and in the league.
It really did look like Tavares would have been the winner since Benn was never alone atop the points race during the season. In fact, before Saturday, the closest he came to the top was being caught in a three-way tie with Tavares and Penguins center Sidney Crosby.
The captain’s success capped a bizarre season for the Stars, which came up short of the playoffs despite their scoring abilities.
- Anna Gallegos