The Dallas Stars have been on quite a roll lately.
They won 5 out of their last 6 games coming into last night’s matchup against the Montreal Canadiens. This is a stark contrast to how Dallas played in their first 10 games, only winning 1 of those 10.
Montreal has, too, been on a streak of their own, winning 5 out of their last 7 matches.
Let’s take a look into last night’s battle.
The Power-Play Awakens With a Goal By Alexander Radulov
Sometimes it is a simple play that can lead to the big moments. This was the case for the first goal of the night.
It seemed innocent enough. There was a face-off to the right of Carey Price between Tyler Seguin of the Stars and Phillip Danault of the Canadiens. Seguin would get the better of Danault and move the puck back towards the top of the circle. There, it was in the possession of Alexander Radulov. He gets off a wrist shot and it just beats the glove of Price for 1-0 Stars lead.
Dallas would take this lead into the 1st intermission. Dallas outshot Montreal 14-13 through that period.
Rookie Forward vs. Veteran Goalie—Rookie Scores on the Penalty Shot
It’s one of the coolest plays in all of sports—the dreaded penalty shot.
Rookie Denis Gurianov of the Stars was fouled up enough to draw the penalty shot. He would challenge former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price of the Canadiens.
Gurianov started by striding to the right with the puck, brought it back to the left and brought it into the slot. He saw that there was a little window open for business between the legs of Price and he put it right through. The Stars took the lead 2-0.
Dallas would push this lead into the 3rd period.
Gurianov Strikes Again, This Time on the Power-Play
The play would begin in the Stars’ defensive end.
Miro Heiskanen moved the puck forward to Joe Pavelski at center ice, and he would take it into their offensive zone. Pavelski immediately chipped the puck onto the stick of Roope Hintz. He would take the puck towards the slot before seeing Gurianov coming down the left side of the ice. Hintz gave a backhanded pass to the speedy Russian, who then sniped the puck past Price for a 3-0 Stars lead.
Miro Heiskanen would add an empty net goal after this with under 5 minutes to go to put Dallas up 4-0.
Artturi Lehkonen Plays Spoiler For Ben Bishop’s Shutout Bid
The Canadiens would finally put one past Stars’ goalie Bishop with less than 4 minutes to go in the game.
There was a mass of humanity on the boards to Bishop’s right before Montreal would take possession of the puck. Nick Suzuki got control at the point, and saw Lehkonen sliding along with him on Bishop’s left side. A short pass between these two lead to a one-timed shot by Lehkonen at the top of the circle that beats Bishop.
This goal was too little, too late as the clock ran out. The Stars claimed victory 4-1 over the Canadiens.
Next game for the Stars will be against the Colorado Avalanche at home on November 5th. The Canadiens will take on the Boston Bruins for their next game on November 5th as well.