The Dallas Stars came into Tuesday night’s game with the Anaheim Ducks needing a win. They were riding a two-game losing streak in which they lost to the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. The Ducks come to town with the second most points in the Western Conference behind the Chicago Blackhawks.
After Kari Lehtonen had started 14-straight games for Dallas, head coach Lindy Ruff decided to go with backup goalie Dan Ellis between the pipes. Ellis helped secure the victory for the Stars as they had an offensive explosion in the third period. Dallas scored five of their six goals in this frame en route to a 6-3 win over the Ducks.
Just as surprising as the outburst itself is the names associated with the goals scored. The goals weren’t scored by any of the household names on the team like Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin or Alex Goligoski. Rather it was names like Antoine Roussel, Ryan Garbutt and Cody Eakin doing the scoring for Dallas.
This is a good sign for the Stars moving forward. Not only did they get good goaltending from their backup so Lehtonen could rest, but they got some much needed offensive production from the second and third lines. If Dallas wants to be successful going forward, this has to be the blueprint in the future. They cannot expect the top line to do all the scoring, and the role players have to step up. If the Stars can get more consistent contributions from the second and third lines, they are going to have no problem making the playoffs.