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Stars upset with tripping penalty call on Jamie Benn in overtime

Jamie Benn tripping

The Dallas Stars are not happy with a tripping penalty called on Jamie Benn in overtime of the team’s Game 4 loss in the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night in Edmonton.

Benn was called for tripping about five minutes into overtime in Game 4. A minute and a half later, Kevin Shattenkirk buried a power play goal to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 win.

Here is the play that had Stars fans upset:

Though the two players seem to be doing a typical fight for the puck, Benn can be seen grabbing Tyler Johnson’s stick and then lifting his leg. That’s tripping all the way, and the correct call was made.

Joe Pavelski, who scored in the third period to tie the game at four, feels it was a bad call.

Stars head coach Rick Bowness agreed.

The Stars’ frustration is understandable. This is the Stanley Cup Final, and they don’t want to be a man down in overtime of a critical Game 4. The referees are an easy target when things go wrong.

The Lightning now lead the series 3-1. Game 5 will be on Saturday night.

Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn respond to criticism from Stars CEO Jim Lites

Jamie Benn Tyler Seguin

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn responded on Saturday to some harsh criticism from Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites.

Lites is disappointed with the Stars’ season thus far and ripped into Seguin and Benn, singling them out for their poor play.

“It’s pissed me off,” Lites said on Friday. “What nobody says is what is completely obvious to me: We are getting terrible play from our top two players.”

Lites said that Seguin, usually a top goal-scorer, is not getting dirty the way he needs to. He said Benn has had some poor play that would get many players benched.

Both players were at an optional skate on Saturday and responded. They said they were aware of the comments and they somewhat took the high road in response.

Lites may come off like a jerk to some, but he’s clearly trying to light a fire under his best players. He also says the owner sees things the same way, so maybe he’s taking the heat by being the bad guy.

Dallas entered play on Saturday 19-16-3 with 41 points — barely grabbing the final playoff spot in the West. They’ve only made the playoffs twice since 2008 and are expecting much more out of this year’s squad.

This is not the first time Seguin has faced criticism from a team CEO. There have long been concerns about his focus due to alleged partying.