Dallas Stars Daily Links: Second Line Shines in 3-2 Win Over Islanders

Have the Stars finally found the solution for the team’s scoring depth woes? Plus, continued powerplay woes, NHL Awards watch, and more.

Normally for the Dallas Stars, it’s their top forward line that saves the day. But in last night’s 3-2 win over the New York Islanders, it was the Stars’ second line that shined brightest.

Head coach Rick Bowness moved Jamie Benn from center back to the wing alongside Tyler Seguin. Marian Studenic slotted alongside them and put in perhaps his best game as a Star, notching his first goal in Victory Green:

“I really appreciate the chance when I have the opportunity to play with them because they are both great players,” Studenic said. “It makes it easier for me, too, because they’ve been in the league for such a long time, so it helps me out, for sure.”

Seguin also made it on the scoreboard, notching his 20th of the season. With 42 points (4th on the team), the Stars’ veteran has quietly had a nice bounce back from extended injury:

“You just go play, focus on your game,” Seguin said. “Especially as of late, it’s kind of been everywhere, and that’s not my place or job. I just have to go out there and do my job. I didn’t like certain plays I made in Seattle and wanted to respond tonight, especially personally, and I think our line did a good job.”

You can read more about last night’s win from Saad Yousuf here.

Stars Stories

Even in a win, the Stars’ power play continues to struggle:

So this was pretty cool:

Around the League

It was a crazy Tuesday night in the NHL, and the Central was no exception:

  • In a battle between titans, the Colorado Avalanche officially clinched a playoff spot with a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Mile High Hockey]
  • Meanwhile the Nashville Predators stayed ahead of Dallas in the standings by pummeling the Minnesota Wild 6-2. [On the Forecheck]/

Dom Luszczyszyn continues to make people mad with his latest NHL Awards watch:

He may not be a Norris Trophy contender these days, but Erik Karlsson is still striving for greatness:

As expected, Jokerit Helsinki and Dinamo Riga are pulling out of the KHL due to the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

New Jersey Devils star Jack Hughes will be out the rest of the season with an MCL sprain:

Finally, Elliotte Friedman discusses the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Rick Bowness’ (and others’) contract status, and more in his latest 32 Thoughts: