Impressive Jamie Benn helps Stars to victory
It was all about young Canadian Jamie Benn in Texas this afternoon as he scored twice to help the Stars overcome the struggling Edmonton Oilers 4-1. Benn has hit a great run of form lately and is now seen as one of the best centres in the NHL by many. Rookie Richard Bachman got his first start in net for the Stars since Kari Lehtonen returned from injury.
After the Oilers absorbed some early pressure from the Stars on a great first shift, the opening the period turned out to be quite an even one. Edmonton had a good final few minutes in the first frame and they got a one goal lead as Taylor Hall somehow got a shot to loop agonisingly over the top of Bachman and into the net. With 9 shots apiece, the first period ended with a 1-0 score line in favour of the Oilers.
If the Stars want to be playing playoff hockey later this year, they are going to need to beat teams such as the Oilers with relative ease. The Oilers were making the Stars work very hard for decent opportunities on Nikolai Khabibulin, but they managed to tie the game up at 1 with 5 minutes to go in the second. Trevor Daley centred one to Jamie Benn who slotted it home to give the Stars their first goal and go into the final period all square at 1.
In the third period the Stars really showed the talent that they have and clicked going forward, scoring 3 goals in the frame. The awesome Jamie Benn grabbed his second of the game by cleaning up a goalmouth scramble with 7 minutes gone in the third. 5 minutes later brought the Stars their third goal to open up a crucial 2 goal lead as Mike Ribeiro centred one and got a deflection into the goal. Dallas wrapped up the comprehensive victory through Ribeiro again who took advantage of the open net with a minute left in the game, to give the Stars a deserved 4-1 victory.
It is a very exciting time at the moment for Dallas Stars fans, as they moved into the playoff places with the win today. Jamie Benn, Mike Ribeiro, Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder are all posing huge threats to opposing defences and if they continue to fire on all cylinders, the Stars really do have a great chance of success.
A special mention again must go to Richard Bachman, the 24 year old goaltender, who allowed just one goal against today. He has showed huge amounts of talent at a young age and he will be a great back-up to Kari Lehtonen, forming a great goaltending unit in Dallas.