Stars’ Benn, Seguin benched for playing ‘stupid hockey’

Head coach of the Dallas Stars Lindy Ruff talks with the media about benching Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn in the third period against the New York Rangers.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are two of the NHL’s elite forwards yet you wouldn’t have gathered that from watching them play Tuesday night.

The Dallas Stars forwards both went scoreless and finished minus-3 in a 6-2 road loss to the New York Rangers.

Benn, who along with Seguin was recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for 2016, described Tuesday’s performance as “stupid hockey” and “not good enough.”

“It’s pretty much embarrassing. I played a terrible game and let my teammates down,” Benn told reporters at Madison Square Garden after the game.

Benn and Seguin currently rank second and third, respectively, in league scoring but that didn’t stop Stars head coach Lindy Ruff from benching them for the final 12:10 of the third period.

“They had a tough night. There’s no getting around it,” Ruff said. “They [allowed] a lot of opportunities against and by the end of the night I just didn’t play them anymore. We need those guys…They’re going through a tough spell.”

Seguin added: "It starts with myself. Starts with our line. We haven’t been playing well this whole trip. Cheating offensively. We gotta get home, regroup. Dig deeper than we have been. Come out of this together.”

The Stars have lost three straight, five of the last seven and will look to turn things around Thursday at home against the Winnipeg Jets.