The Dallas Stars snapped a four-game losing streak with a shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes Friday night, and forward Michael Ryder recorded his 400th NHL point with a second period goal. The goal was Ryder’s fourth of the season.
Ryder is now in his ninth season, and his second with the Stars. He played four years for the Montreal Canadiens and three with Boston Bruins, winning a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011. He now has 201 career goals and 199 assists, showing a true balance to his offensive game. Ryder has one power play goal this season and one game-winning goal, as he continues to provide value for a Dallas team that would be wise to sign him to a contract extension before he hits the open market at the end of the season. His 35 goals for the Stars last season were a career high, and although he didn’t play anywhere during the lockout, he appears to be in top form after the first two weeks of the season.
The Stars also got goals from rookies Antoine Roussel and Brenden Dillon, firsts for both. Dillon also had an assist on Roussel’s goal and later fought the Coyotes’ Kyle Chipchura to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick. Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr scored in the shootout, while Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves for the win. Young defense prospect Jamie Oleksiak made his NHL debut, and saw 15 minutes of ice time.
Dallas appears to be on the rise again, finding their offensive groove after a pair of losses in which they only scored twice. The Stars face the Coyotes again tonight, with a chance to move further past them in the Pacific Division standings.