“The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!”
The game may have been in the afternoon, but the Stars’ stars were truly shining on Saturday as the team absolutely steamrolled the Edmonton Oilers.
Three of the team’s top players found the back of the net in the space of about six minutes of the first period to give the Stars as easy win and keep them within four points of first place.
In addition to the goals by Radulov, Benn, and Seguin, Klingberg notched two points for assists on the Radulov and Seguin goals.
Not to be outdone, though, Klingberg would add a goal of his own halfway through the final period to give the Stars their final margin of victory, 5-1.
The only blemish on the night for Bishop was a power play goal early in the third when Tyler Pitlick got sent to the sin bin for delay of game.
After the win on Saturday afternoon, the Stars have now managed to win six of their last eight games and have been on an epic tear since December.
To start the game, Hitchcock jostled some lines around, removing Radulov from the Benn/Seguin line, but it was not long before he put Radulov back in there and it obviously paid off.
“I felt the way the rotations of the line were going that it was a better matchup if I put Rads’ there. He had a bead in on the game, and I had to get him out there as much as I could early on,” Hitchcock said after the game.
Oilers coach, Todd McLelland sounded as though he wished Hitchcock would have just left well enough alone, stating, “We didn’t have an answer for that line. They scored just about every way they could expect on the power play. They created a lot of havoc for us in our end on a lot of lateral plays.”
There is little doubt this team is firing on all cylinders right now. The only question that remains is if they can keep it going and finally make a serious run at another Cup.
The Stars were 0-2 on the power play.
Ben Bishop is regaining his magic on home ice and saved 37 of 38 shots.
The Dallas Stars (24-16-3) have a nice breather now and are off until Saturday when they host the Colorado Avalanche (22-16-3).