The Dallas Stars got a huge win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night, and should be proud of themselves for their complete team effort. Jaromir Jagr reached a career milestone with his 1000th NHL assist, while 11 different players got involved in the scoring for the Stars. With the win, Dallas stopped Minnesota’s seven-game win streak and inched closer to a playoff spot. They now sit ninth in the Western Conference standings, just one point behind the St. Louis Blues.
Jagr’s assist came on Jamie Benn’s third period power play goal, as he passed to Ray Whitney who found Benn for a one-timer goal past Wild netminder Matt Hackett. Jagr became only the 12th player to reach the mark, and now has 1,679 points in 1,378 career games. Benn’s goal was one of three power play tallies for the Stars, as Cody Eakin and Whitney also lit the lamp with the man-advantage. Erik Cole and Tomas Vincour also scored for the Stars, and Kari Lehtonen got the win by stopping 30 of the 33 shots he faced.
Benn’s goal held up as the game-winner and was his first in 13 games. Jagr continues to lead the way for the team with 14 goals and 26 points and has four goals and eight points in the last five games. Whether the Stars end up trading him before the deadline or finalizing an extension to keep him in Dallas, Friday night’s game was a chance to reflect on the latest milestone in a remarkable career, while watching the Stars work toward a postseason berth.