Dallas Stars Improving When it Counts

Kari Lehtonen

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It didn’t take long for the offense to get going for the Dallas Stars as they faced off against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Dallas scored two goals 15 seconds apart less than five minutes into the game. Jamie Benn‘s goal started the scoring for Dallas, followed by Colton Sceviour‘s goal as Dallas would go onto win 4-1 over the Canucks.

For Sceviour, it was his third goal in his four games since rejoining Dallas. Erik Cole and Valeri Nichushkin both scored for Dallas as well. Couple the offensive outburst with the fact that Kari Lehtonen made 28 saves out of the 29 he faced and you have a game that any hockey fan can be proud of.

The Stars seem to be catching their stride and at a good time too. Coming into the season they had a lot of new faces and a new coaching staff, not to mention a new general manager. Coach Lindy Ruff knew it was going to take some time to put the pieces together.

As we’ve learned from years past, it doesn’t necessarily matter how you are playing in November, December or January. The time of the season that does matter, though, is later when you’re gearing up for a playoff run. The Los Angeles Kings proved that two years ago as they made the playoffs in the No. 8 spot. The Kings were able to ride the hot hand of their goalie, Jonathan Quick, to a Stanley Cup victory. This is what every hockey player and team strives for. Dallas is starting to play some good hockey and have positioned themselves to make a run towards the playoffs.

Greg Higgins is a NHL contributor for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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