Awesome Stars dominate Stanley Cup Holders
With a very poor 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night, a lot of Stars fans weren’t expecting a lot from their game against the Bruins two days later who were on a very hot streak. With a fierce rivalry and a packed out American Airlines Center, it was set to be an awesome encounter between two good teams.
The Stars came out of the blocks very fast and played some great hockey early on and taking just three minutes to take a one goal lead as Loui Eriksson wristed one upstairs on the powerplay. Despite the fast start from the Stars, the reigning Stanley Cup champions hit back halfway through the period through a Tyler Seguin wrist shot that just squeezed past Kari Lehtonen to tie the game up at one.
Defensemen Trevor Daley responded straight away to Segiun's goal as he fired a wrist shot on Thomas, which ended up rolling down the back of his leg and into the goal for a 2-1 lead to the Stars and the AAC was rocking.
After winning the cup with the Bruins last season, Michael Ryder was playing for the Stars this time around but he said he was treating it like any other game. With under a minute remaining in the first period, Ryder backhanded the puck past Tim Thomas after receiving a sublime pass from Jamie Benn to give the Stars a 3-1 lead going into the locker rooms after a period of domination.
Despite the fact that there wasn’t a goal scored until 19 minutes into the second frame, it was still an exhilarating period with several big hits being exchanged by both sides. Goligoski and Krejci both came close in the period but it was Tom Wandell who gave the Stars a crucial three goal lead, slotting one into an open net after moving Thomas on a 2 on 1 to conclude the second.
With a minute gone in the third, the Bruins crucially got a goal back to cut the lead to two as Milan Lucic put a slapshot past Kari Lehtonen in the Dallas net for his 13th goal of the year. The Bruins didn’t look back for the next five minutes as they applied relentless pressure to the Stars and showed why they are currently the best team in the NHL.
A pumped up Stars team managed to absorb the Boston pressure and have a much better final ten minutes to the game and recorded the victory as the final buzzer sounded. It really was a sensation performance from the Stars, which gives everyone a lot of belief that if they continue to play like that a playoff spot will be clinched.
Boston’s winning streak ended at seven last night with the loss in Texas but they will look to start another one straight away against the Devils in New Jersey on Wednesday. The Stars will gain a lot of confidence from their performance and take it into their next game against the Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.