Dallas Stars 3 - Colorado Avalanche 2
It wasn't the prettiest or most convincing of wins, but the Stars were able to get it done last night. Jamie Benn carried the team with his two goals and Kari Lehtonen was just good enough as Dallas put Friday's ugly effort behind them.
- The obvious one here would be Jamie Benn. His first goal was a work of art as he deftly stole the puck away from Matt Hunwick just outside the offensive zone, raced in all alone and easily slid it by Varlomov for the Stars first goal just two minutes into the game. His second goal was a wonderful snipe from about 40 feet away that was the end result of great patience from Dallas on a delayed penalty call.
Stars fans have been waiting for this from Benn ever since he came back and it's good to see him producing again. He's been playing very well but just had not been able to find his scoring touch.
- The line shuffling by Gulutzan worked well last night (for a change). His top line of Morrow-Benn-Jagr scored all three goals for Dallas and his other lines showed some fire and signs of life that had been missing all season. For the first time I can remember this season, Eric Nystrom crashed the net and was a factor in the game.
- Brenden Dillon is just 11 games into his NHL career and he might already be the best defenseman on the Stars current roster. He's been the most consistent and sound defenseman on the team this season and is one of the few guys that you worry about on the ice. He did get caught pinching in at one point during the first period though and that led to a three-on-two situation for the Avalanche but that luckily didn't lead to a goal.