The Stars have struggled in the second games of back-to-back sets in recent seasons, but they found a way to get the job done Thursday night in Calgary.
The Stars got to off to a pretty good start against the Flames, scored the all-important first goal, extended the lead with a big second period and won on the second night of a back-to-back for the first time this season, routing the Flames 7-3.
“I was happy with the way we came out,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “In the first ten minutes we wanted to make sure we were crisp, we were sharp and pucks were going deep and we were making plays. I don’t think we really got the start we wanted on the offensive side, but we got going seven or eight minutes into the period.”
“I know our back-to-back record is like four wins in the last 20-plus tries, so we really stressed on it going into tonight’s game,” said Stars center Tyler Seguin. “After the first [period] we were up one, but I actually saw Calgary play San Jose the other night and come back, and everyone stressed it in the dressing room and we came out hard in the second.”
The Stars are 1-3-0 this season in the second game of back-to-backs and they are now 5-20-2 in those games dating back to the 2011-12 season.
*Jamie Benn set career highs in assists (5) and points (6) in a game.
*Tyler Seguin set career highs in goals (4) and points (5) in a game.
*Benn was the first Star to register 6 points in a game since Mike Modano did it vs. Anaheim on February 1, 1995.
*Seguin was the first Star to score 4 goals in a game since Jussi Jokinen scored 4 against Colorado in November of 2007.
*Seguin now has 12 goals on the season and is tied for 12th in the NHL.
*Seguin and Benn both have 22 points and are tied for 5th in the NHL.
*Trevor Daley, Alex Goligoski and Valeri Nichushkin all were a plus-4 in the game.
*The Stars outshot the Flames 32-28.
*Seguin led the Stars with 6 shots.
*The Stars won 29 of 60 (48 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 7 of 12. Travis Morin won 7 of 13.
*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and 1-2 on the penalty kill.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel – Travis Morin – Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon – Stephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Sergei Gonchar
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Injured: Ray Whitney (lower body)
Scratched: Lane MacDermid, Aaron Rome
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