A mid-day game for the Stars, as this four game road trip comes to a close against the Buffalo Sabres. Dallas looked to continue their strong play on the trip through this one and try and come away with all but one point through the four games.
It was Remi Elie continuing his already strong play with his third point on the trip. Elie was able to put away a loose puck out in front of the net and gave the Stars a 1-0 lead early on.
More than halfway through the first and the Sabres get called for slashing and Dallas with their first power-play of the afternoon. With some nice puck movement late in the power-play, Esa Lindell rips off a shot that goes off Robin Lehner’s pads. But it was Mattias Janmark waiting over on the other side to finish up the job. Glancing right off of a defender and right past Lehner, the Stars extend their lead to 2-0.
2:17 left in the first, Antoine Roussel picks up an iffy tripping minor. And so for the first time of the game the Stars penalty kill comes out. Yet the Buffalo power-play produces little offense as the Dallas D had stifled the Sabres all through the first period.
Starting off the second period and Alexander Radulov gets his stick caught up and gets the penalty for tripping. A little bit of confusion in the arena for really just about everybody on this power-play. A little scuffle right in the goalies zone and it had seemed that the puck had went past the line, so the horn goes off and the spotlight comes on. But the ref waives his arms and in fact the puck had never entered the goal. Nevertheless shortly after Mattias Janmark wants there to be zero confusion for Dallas next goal. As he flips in the wrist shot past the shoulder of Lehner to extend it to 3-0.
11:00 minutes to go in the middle frame and Jake Eichel rings a shot off the post, but Buffalo was there for the rebound. The Sabres get it past Khari Lehtonen and the shut out is wiped away. Yet the Stars get their goal lead back in almost an instant. The captain, Jamie Benn tips in a shot from John Klingberg and Robin Lehner gets replaced in goal by Chad Johnson, only halfway through this one 4-1.
Dallas would just keep on piling up the goals in this middle frame, this time it’s Esa Lindell making it 5-1. Radulov finds Lindell wide open on the blue-line and Lindell has plenty of space to rip the puck in past Johnson.
In the back-half of the second period Jordan Nolan picks on the rookie Dillon Heatherington, but he was having none of it and so the two drop gloves. Heatherington took some shots but stood his ground, and well to that we all say welcome to the NHL. Unfortunately Martin Hanzal’s rough season continues, having to leave the game in the second period with a lower body injury and would not return.
Late in the period, Stephen Johns gets the puck on the blueline, snapping his stick on the shot. So a fairly weak shot, although Radek Faksa gets his stick on the puck and puts it past Johnson for the 6-1 lead. Dallas continues their dominant play through both periods but especially through this middle frame.
Now the final buzzer couldn’t come any faster for Buffalo through the third period, eventually giving up yet another goal to put it away, if it hadn’t already been decided by the first six. The scoring party continues with Tyler Pitlick this time getting his stick on a Klingberg rocket putting this one at a very cozy 7-1.
Klingberg picks up his third assist of the day, the Stars pick up their third win of the four game road-trip and Dallas is now only two points out of first. The Stars will head back home to AAC to play the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night at 7:30 CST.