I can’t tell you the exact reason, but I have always loved home-and-home games. Ever since I was a kid, I have always loved when two teams will play each other in back-to-back games with each team having a home game. As a matter of fact, when the schedule comes out, I always look for these games.
Perhaps that’s why I was excited for Thursday night’s Stars game. It could be, though, that they were playing division rivals the Chicago Blackhawks. Either way, the Stars walked into the United Center with a two game winning streak and, after a 4-3 Overtime win, they walked out with a three game streak.
There were a lot of bright spots to look at in the victory. One of the main things would be the fact that they won a divisional game on the road. The Stars haven’t had the greatest success in the division so far this year. With that win, they are now 2-6 in the Central division. Away from the AAC, the Stars are 5-8-1 so that was a huge road win as well.
Another point to look at is the penalty kill. Dallas had to face seven power plays and were able to kill off six of them. Coming into the season, Ken Hitchcock emphasized the importance of special teams this season. On Thursday night, they were in full effect.
Not only did they kill off six power plays, they capitalized on the other end during one of them. While on the power play, Patrick Kane was called for hooking on Radek Faksa during a breakaway scoring chance. Faksa was awarded a penalty shot and he made the most of it and he beat Corey Crawford on his blocker side.
Another highlight for the Stars was the play of the of their young guys. Besides Faksa’s goal, Dallas got scores from Remi Elie and Matias Janmark. Janmark opened up the scoring and he ended it in overtime for Dallas.
“Winning two in a row on the road is important,” Janmark said after the win. “We are finding ways to win the right way now both home and away, so this is a big win.”
Dallas will now return home and face the Blackhawks on Saturday night at 8:00 pm. That game can be seen on Fox Sports SW.
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