This past July, the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars shocked the NHL with a trade that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas in exchange for Loui Eriksson. It was a trade that made sense for both teams, yet nobody saw it coming. Seguin and Jamie Benn instantly hit it off as the chemistry was there from the two youngsters. Eriksson has had to miss several games early because of a concussion suffered during a game with the Buffalo Sabres.
On Tuesday night, Dallas played in Boston for a homecoming of sorts for Seguin. It was his first trip back since playing for the Stanley Cup this June. Tuesday could very well be the best game the Stars have played all season. Perhaps it’s fair to say it’s the most complete game they’ve played. From starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen to the play of the defense in front of him and all the way to the offensive side of the puck.
Even though it took a penalty shot goal from Vern Fiddler and a shootout win to beat Tukkaa Rask and the Bruins, the Stars should walk away from Boston feeling proud of what they did. This is the type of game and play from the Stars that the coaching staff and management had in mind when the assembled the team. There were periods of the game in which Boston was skating to try and figure out what was going on as the Stars were flying around the ice.
This is the type of win that could help launch the Stars into a winning streak that helps them climb the standings. We knew it might take a little time for it to come together, but if this is what the end result is going to be, this is going to be fun.