Stars Victorious in Overtime Against the Detroit Berniers

One could almost feel a little bad for Jonathan Bernier.

Tonight found the Dallas Stars in Michigan to play the Detroit Red Wings. For the fourth time this week. The good news? This was game eight and now they’re done playing the Red Wings.

Anton Khudobin was back in net to regain some lost dignity from the other night, and Jonathan Bernier started in net for the Red Wings, hoping the fourth time would be the charm after leaving early the previous three games, twice for injury and one for letting in four goals on 12 shots.

Other roster news: Mark Pysyk played his fourth game as a forward. John Klingberg is out due to a lower-body injury sustained during Thursday night’s game.

First Period

The Stars had two power-play opportunities and 21 shots on goal but still couldn’t manage to score in the first period. The reason for this was probably best expressed by Stars announcer Daryl Reaugh when he said “with the volume of shots [to his belly] maybe they can bore a hole through there.”

Reader, it would have been the only way they could score. Jamie Benn did have one shot from right next to the goal where he tried to elevate over Bernier’s shoulder and instead hit him straight in the forehead, but the vast majority of Stars chances hit Bernier right in the logo, which is no way to score on a goaltender that absorbs shots the way Bernier does.

The FCC line of Radek Faksa, Blake Comeau, and Andrew Cogliano generated a lot of buzz for the Stars in this period, including their two power-play opportunities. In only about four minutes of play together, they generated a total of five shots. Unfortunately, they were also on the ice for the goal against.

The lone goal this period came on a breakaway for the Red Wings. It started behind their net, the Stars were unable to break up the passes through their zone, resulting in a two-on-one breakaway and Dennis Cholowski’s first of the season, a high glove-side wrist shot.

It was their third shot on goal.

Shots: Dallas 21, Detroit 3
Score: Dallas 0, Detroit 1

Second Period

Look the Stars had two more power-play opportunities and again kept the Red Wings to only three shots on goal that all came after the 12 minute mark because that’s how long it took the Red Wings to get into the Stars zone and absolutely zero scoring happened.

Shots: Dallas 41, Detroit 6
Score: Dallas 0, Detroit 1

Third Period

The Red Wings actually got a power-play opportunity early in the third when Jason Dickinson, noted penalty killer, took a holding penalty against Marc Staal. The Red Wings not only did not score, they didn’t have a shot on goal. Meanwhile, Roope Hintz hit the post on the other end in a very good shorthanded attempt that sadly went nowhere.

About 104 shots into the game, the Dallas Stars were finally given a reward for their effort when Pysyk cleaned up the garbage on one of the very few times this game that Bernier had a misstep.

And for his distinct kicking motion, Jason Robertson was given the assist on the goal, which extended his assists and will probably still get him ignored for any Calder considerations.

Three periods and 51 shots on goal for the Dallas Stars was somehow not enough to decide this game, so to overtime they went.

Shots: Dallas 51, Detroit 17
Score: Dallas 1, Detroit 1


Filip Hronek had a terrible turnover in the first few seconds of overtime, leading to Jamie Benn’s game-winning snipe.

This is the first time all season that the Stars have won when trailing going into the third, so that’s a nice streak to break.

And that’s a wrap on the Detroit Red Wings this season. The Stars lead 6-2 in the series, but the two Detroit wins were both 3-7 so they feel like they weighed a little more.

Final Shots: Dallas 52, Detroit 17
Final Score: Dallas 2, Detroit 1

The Stars will be back in the American Airlines Center to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monay night at 6:30 pm cst.