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It is this time in the season where a team can take a realistic look at where they stand and the Dallas Stars like where they stand.
After a fruitful week, the Stars are in the crosshairs of the Central Division. At 27-17-4 (58 points), the Stars are three points clear of the second Wild Card and five points behind Winnipeg at the top.
Things are also getting better on the road. This past week, the Stars secured seven out of eight points on the road. This week, one of the best home teams in the league gets ready for a stretch of six out of eight at the AAC.
The big blemish from the week came, ironically, at home.
The Stars hosted the Colorado Avalanche after their bye week. The game was just about even through 40 minutes with both teams trading goals. Jamie Benn answered Colorado’s rookie, Alexander Kerfoot, goal and it was 1-1 after two periods.
But the Stars could not get anymore past Avalanche’s goaltender Jonathan Bernier. The Avalanche back up goaltender stopped 27 shots and shut down the Stars power-play.
Colorado snuck two goals past Ben Bishop and tallied an empty netter, 4-1 final. The Stars would rebound, however, in dramatic fashion.
The Stars hit the road to play the Boston Bruins. Stephen Johns’s fifth goal opened the scoring in the second period. Alexander Radulov scored his 17th goal of the season minutes later. However, the Bruins would score the next two goals including a third period goal that sent this one into overtime. That is where Tyler Seguin took over.
Three minutes into overtime Seguin received a pass on the boards, deked past one Bruin, deked past another and befuddled Bruins’ goaltender Anton Khudobin to give the Stars an extra point and the victory, 3-2.
The next night belonged to Jason Spezza. Ken Hitchcock decided to scratch the veteran from the lineup the previous night. A controversial move and one that motivated Spezza.
The veteran forward responded to the surprise benching with two goals in their 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings. The first goal Spezza scored gave the Stars their first lead of the game. The second goal was scored on the power-play in the second period and turned out to be the game winner.
Thursday, the Stars headed to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets. On this night, the Stars had a hard time getting the puck past Blue Jackets’ goaltender Joonas Korpisalo.
Columbus scored the first goal of the game on Jordan Schroeder’s first goal of the season. The Stars answered late in the third period on a Radulov goal just as Hitchcock had emptied the Stars’ net. The game headed to overtime, then to a shootout.
Korpisalo stopped all three chances from the Stars while Artemi Panarin scored the shootout winner and secured the extra point for the Blue Jackets, 2-1.
The Stars took their loss out against the Buffalo Sabres. In the final game of the road trip, the Stars put up seven goals while Kari Lehtonen allowed just one goal. Six different Stars scored as Mattias Janmark scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season. The Stars end the road trip with a bang, 7-1 final.
Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
1/23 vs Panthers 7:30 p.m.
1/25 vs Maple Leafs 7:30 p.m.