Much has been talked about the fact that the role players like Cody Eakin, Ryan Garbutt and Antoine Roussel have been stepping it up in recent weeks to give the team much needed wins but today the main guys – Jamie Benn, Valeri Nichushkin and mostly Tyler Seguin – carried the offense on their backs in route to a solid win in front of their fans.
Despite being down after a goal in the first period, the Dallas Stars stepped up a gear in the second where they scored four times, including three goals in a 1:03 span. Former Boston Bruins star Seguin scored a hat-trick and dished an assist, Nichushkin finished with one goal and three assists and Benn added another goal-scoring pass to make it nine points between the team’s top three forwards.
Nichushkin feat was particularly impressive as his four-point game was the first by a Stars’ rookie since Jere Lehtinen did it in 1996 against the Edmonton Oilers.
The role players continued to produce today as Eakin also found the back of the net after a nice pass from Roussel, giving the game the definitive score line in what a strong outing from the team managed by Lindy Ruff.
There are still several things the Stars need to correct if they want to contend for a playoff seed like the execution in the power play and the shooting percentages, as the team has been able to create a lot of chances but they don’t have very high shooting rates. However, the most important thing is to create offense and the Stars are surely doing things the right way this year.
If they can continue having this kind of production from their top line, the Stars will surely turn a few heads down the stretch of the regular season.