It was hard to know what kind of a game we were going to see coming out of a nearly three-week Olympic layoff for the Dallas Stars as the Carolina Hurricanes came a'calling.

Anything was possible. Like two shorthanded goals?

On a night when the notoriously stingy Hurricanes handed the Stars seven power play chances to the tune of nearly 13 minutes of clock, it was the exploits of Jamie Benn while killing penalties than proved the difference. Benn assisted on Brenden Dillon's first-period shorty and then added one of his own in spectacular fashion late in the second period to propel the Stars to victory.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 of 30 in a solid outing opposite an impressive Anton Khudobin, who was tasked with 34 Dallas shots in the loss. The win puts the Stars back in eighth place over the Phoenix Coyotes, who, in very Coyote-like fashion, earned themselves a point in a shootout loss this evening.

Sloppy at times, but entertaining to say the least. Welcome back, Dallas Stars hockey.