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Stars captain Jamie Benn ejected for cross-checking Golden Knights’ Mark Stone

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn lasted less than two minutes in the team’s crucial Game 3 against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night, getting ejected for an undisciplined penalty.

Vegas was up 1-0 early in the game in Dallas on a Jonathan Marchessault goal when Benn pulled down Golden Knights captain Mark Stone. Benn then leaned over and cross-checked a sliding Stone in the face/neck area at 1:53 of the first period.

The on-ice officials called a five-minute major penalty and it was confirmed after a review, leaving the Stars without their No. 4 playoff scorer for the rest of the game.

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Benn had 33 goals in the regular season and 11 points in 16 playoff games. He could face supplemental discipline from the league.

Ivan Barbashev scored on the five-minute power play and William Carrier scored 17 seconds after the penalty ended to give Vegas a 3-0 lead. That led Stars coach Peter DeBoer to pull goalie Jake Oettinger for the third time this postseason.

Stars forward Evgenii Dadonov also left the game with a lower-body injury after a collision with teammate Roope Hintz and will not return, the team said.

The Golden Knights entered Tuesday’s game with a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference final after winning both games in Las Vegas.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Stars’ Jamie Benn ejected for cross-checking Mark Stone

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