The Dallas Stars have been in a serious slump in recent weeks and several experts were already criticizing the game planning of head coach Lindy Ruff as the streak never seemed to end.
Luckily for all the fans, the slump was finally over and more important than the result – that was key as the team needed to win – it’s the way the Stars played. The team dominated the Edmonton Oilers practically from start to finish and ended up winning 5-2.
The Stars’ defensive pairings looked shaky quite a few times and the penalty killing isn’t still right where the management would want it, but the main concern was the offensive display the team had been showing in recent weeks. The Stars had been unable to score on a consistent basis but those issues disappeared today as the Stars had a great offensive performance.
Three goals in the first ten minutes – thanks to Erik Cole, Ryan Garbutt and Jamie Benn, who scored a PPG – are always helpful and after the final buzzer, Dallas recorded five goals – the rest being from Cody Eakin in the second period and an empty-netter from Trevor Daley in the third – and the offensive lines looked much better than in the recent road trip where teams like the New York Islanders and New York Rangers simply outplayed the Stars.
There are several things that need to be fixed and this is only one game but is easier to correct mistakes after a win. The Stars now have to keep piling up wins and goals on a consistent basis as that’s the only way they will have a chance to clinch a playoff berth in a stacked Western Conference.