Despite the icy roads in the Dallas area, the Dallas Stars fans that were able to make it to the American Airlines Center were not disappointed. They were treated by an impressive offensive showdown by the Dallas Stars. The game resulted in the Stars beating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1.
Entering this game there was hesitation whether the lack of experience on defense would hurt the way the Stars performed. The Dallas Stars recently lost Stephane Robidas to a leg injury, only to play earlier this week and suffer with the loss of Trevor Daley to a leg injury as well.
Dallas battled through their lack of depth on defense only allowing 28 shots and 1 goal. These defensive successes against the Flyers were due to the Stars being able to respect their defensive roles, specifically by the forwards. The defense, most notably Alex Goligoski who hooked up for two assists, were making an effort to be a part of the offensive rushes. This was made possible by the forwards understanding that the defense were rushing, and covering for them.
Dan the Man: Dan Ellis was able to stop all but one of the 28 shots he faced. This is arguably the most promising thing to take away from this game. This gives a possibility of the Stars having a back-up goalie that they are confident in starting whenever Kari Lehtonen needs a day off, which is something that hasn’t been the case this year.
Russian Star Rising: Valeri Nichushkin, the Russian rookie, was the second star of the game. Nichushkin finished with one goal and three assists. This is the first four-point game of Nichushkin’s career. Since Nichushkin was able to get the NHL monkey off of his back, he has been able to be a consistent producer of points, and has been rewarded with being on the first line quite a bit because of it.
Natural Hat-Trick: Tyler Seguin finished the game with three back-to-back-to-back goals in the second period. Seguin also tallied one assist on Nichushkin’s lone goal. Tyler Seguin finished with 20:19 of ice time, and continues to make an argument for a position on the Team Canada Olympic Team along with teammate Jamie Benn.