The Isles scored seven times in the final two periods and outplayed the Stars on their route to a huge 7-3 win in front of their fans. Headlined by John Tavares – who scored a sensational hat-trick – New York dominated the Stars, but the reality is that the game only ended that way because Dallas wanted it to happen.
Every time a team receives seven goals against them, some merit needs to be given to the offense because it’s quite complicated to score that many times in a single game, but at the same time, the defense surely collaborates and that was what happened today. The Stars’ defense was lackluster and played poorly as they couldn’t stop Tavares or any of the Isles’ forwards.
The Stars also looked dreadful in the penalty killing, conceding three goals in six chances. It’s one thing to be a non-factor with the man advantage – something the Stars have suffered all season long – but if the penalties against your own team can’t be defended, you will struggle more often than not. That’s exactly what happened to Dallas today as they couldn’t put enough pressure on the Isles’ forward lines after the first period.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots despite receiving seven goals against his goal, something that easily speaks of the difference that existed between the two teams today. The Stars will need to turn the page quickly and forget today’s performance if they want to maintain themselves with chances of fighting for a playoff spot down the stretch.