The Dallas Stars finished up their two-game west coast road trip on Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings. Game 1 finished in disappoint fashion, as the Stars lost 3-2 in a shootout to the San Jose Sharks. What makes it more disappointing is that the Stars blew a two-goal lead in the game before ultimately losing.
In the game, the top line played poorly too, as Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Valeri Nichushkin only managed five shots combined against the Sharks. Monday night proved to be a different story, however, as the Stars played against the Kings. Dallas took care of business too, as they knocked off the Kings 5-2.
More importantly for the Stars is the play of the top line; the first three goals scored by Dallas were from the top line. Benn, Seguin and Nichushkin each had a goal in the victory. Benn had two assists in the game,while Seguin added one as well to go with the goal.
This isn’t anything new. The top line has been producing at a high level almost all season long. Of course, there are games like Saturday night where they don’t do anything, but for the most part, they’ve been very effective at putting the puck in the back of the net.
The problem is that the rest of the team has to catch up to Benn and Seguin. Throw in the fact that the rookie Nichushkin is leading the team in +/- category, and it really makes you see how everyone else needs to step it up. One things for certain, though, the top line is fun to watch and they are explosive. This team could be dangerous if they can make it to the playoffs.