Once again, the Dallas Stars went to overtime in Alberta. Only this time, the Stars managed to pull out a W over the Calgary Flames, thanks to a quick Tyler Seguin goal that was only possible due to a tremendous diving play by Jamie Benn to keep the puck in Dallas’ hands.
Perhaps it was a thank you present from Benn, who broke the Stars’ power play drought earlier in the evening off of a nice saucer pass from Seguin. Earlier today, Robert talked about how Benn and the Stars’ top players failed to take the win against the Edmonton Oilers. In my opinion, they responded admirably in tonight’s 4-3 victory.
Of course, it wasn’t just the big-names who stood out. The Stars would have gone home with a loss after regulation if it weren’t for Gavin Bayreuther’s second NHL goal — his first against an actual goalie. When John Klingberg went down due to injury — along with about half of the blue line — everyone expected Julius Honka to step up to the plate. Instead, Bayreuther has emerged as one of the better defenders on the Stars’ roster.
The Stars finished the back-to-back with three out of four possible points. They’ll get two days of rest before finishing off their road trip against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
You would have never guessed the Stars went scoreless last night in Edmonton, as the Stars scored just 41 seconds in thanks to Jason Spezza.
Unfortunately, Spezza’s goal — and a nice opportunity by Devin Shore less than a minute later — didn’t open a flood gate for the Stars. Instead, the inverse happened, as they started getting badly outshot by the Flames. Adding more fuel to the fire — no pun intended — they then proceeded to take three consecutive penalties: an intereference by Esa Lindell, a delay of game by Gavin Bayreuther, and then another delay of game by Esa Lindell.
Thankfully, the Stars’ were stellar on the penalty kill, going a perfect 3-for-3 and not allowing so much as a shot on the second and third tries. Which means, of course, they proceeded to let in a goal at even strength shortly afterwards, when Garnet Hathaway forced a slap shot past Anton Khudobin that the Russian netminder would probably like back.
That left the game tied at 1-1, with Calgary out-shooting Dallas 12-4 and a little more than three minutes left in the first. Then, out of nowhere, the Stars came back to life and proceeded to generate 6 shots on net — most if not all of which were decent opportunities — before the buzzer sounded.
Perhaps the goal against lit a fire underneath the Stars. Or maybe they’ve all grown a disdain for tied hockey games after last night. You be the judge.
Score: Dallas 1, Calgary 1
Shots: Dallas 10, Calgary 12
The middle frame began with a little less fanfare, though Blake Comeau had a great chance a few minutes in that got swallowed up by Flames goaltender David Rittich. The Stars would get their first power play opportunity 3 minutes in thanks to a Dillon Dube hooking penalty, but they (unsurprisingly) failed to make anything out of it.
The two teams proceeded to trade chances throughout the period, with the Stars even taking the lead in shots on net. With a little more than two minutes left, the Stars went back onto the power play when Travis Hamonic got called for tripping Hoope Hintz. As before, you can probably guess what happened next:
Okay, maybe you didn’t guess that, but who cares because THE STARS SCORED ON THE POWER PLAY FINALLY!!! WOO-HOO!!!
The Flames would try and tie it up once more in the final minute, but the Stars refused to squander Jamie Benn’s goal and held onto the lead.
Score: Dallas 2, Calgary 1
Shots: Dallas 21, 19
Just three minutes in, Khudobin made the save of the night up to that point when he snatched a one-timer by Matthew Tkachuk, who was on the rush with Johnny Gaudreau after a Valeri Nichsuhkin turnover. Not much later, Hamonic more or less sat down on the ice to draw a tripping penalty by Benn, putting the Flames on the power play for the fourth time.
Dallas killed the penalty yet again, but Calgary remained relentless, constantly testing Khudobin and the Stars’ defense, who were stopping about 20+ shots on their own. Benn would eventually end up back in the box, this time for a slash against Tkachuk, and the Flames would finally convert as Gaudreau sniped one into the top corner. Seventy seconds later, Mark Giordano would also get one past Khudobin, putting the Flames up 3-2.
It felt like the goal would be a major turning point of the game, one that saw Calgary take the lead and never look back. Instead, the Flames turned over the puck in their own zone and Gavin Bayreuther pounced, rocketing one past Rittich for his first NHL goal (that wasn’t an empty netter).
That would be the last goal in a busy third, and the Stars would find themselves playing an extra inning for the second night in a row.
Score: Dallas 3, Calgary 3
Shots: Dallas 27, Calgary 33
Well that didn’t last long:
It only took thirty seconds for Tyler Seguin to put the game away, giving the Stars a sweet, sweet victory.
Final Score: Dallas 4, Calgary 3
Final Shots: Dallas 28, Calgary 33