Sunday, 26 February 2017

NHL - Stars - Round Up - February 18-28

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Stars 3-4 OT - Saturday, February 18, 2017
Jamie Benn scored with 1:13 remaining in overtime to give the Stars a 4-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at American Airlines Center. Antoine Roussel had a hat trick and Kari Lehtonen made 34 saves for Dallas (23-27-10), which ended a three-game losing streak and won for the second time this month.
Victor Hedman had two goals and an assist and Tyler Johnson had one goal and one assist for Tampa Bay (25-24-8), which lost its first game after a five-day break. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves. Hedman gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead 3:07 into the game when he scored on a rebound. Johnson made it 2-0 at 11:59 on a power play, but Roussel scored twice before the end of the first period to tie the game. Roussel batted a pass out of midair from Dan Hamhuis and past Vasilevskiy at 12:50. Roussel tied it six minutes later when he drove hard to the net, took a pass from Tyler Seguin and beat Vasilevskiy to make it 2-2. Hedman gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead at 9:46 of the second period on a power play. But Roussel tied the game and completed his hat trick at 4:40 of the third period when he put a wrist shot past Vasilevskiy. Benn's overtime goal helped the Stars finally complete a comeback; Dallas was 0-20-2 when trailing after the second period. Lehtonen stopped Brayden Point's wrist shot at 3:04 of overtime. On the ensuing shift, Benn scored the game-winning goal.

Phoenix Coyotes @ Stars 2-5- Friday, February 24, 2017

The Stars returned from their five-day break and defeated the Coyotes 5-2 at American Airlines Center. Jamie Benn, Lauri Korpikoski and Cody Eakin scored in the third period, and Dallas became the fifth team this season to win in its first game back from the break. NHL teams are 5-12-4 in their first game after the break. Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves. Jamie Benn scored the game-winning goal at 3:03 of the third period when he faked a shot and beat Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue on a wraparound for a 3-2 lead. Korpikoski scored on a rebound at 9:22 after an initial shot by Radek Faksa. Eakin scored at 15:58 on a wrist shot over Domingue's glove that gave Dallas a 5-2 lead. Radim Vrbata gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead 7:06 into the first period on a one-timer from the slot. Max Domi had the primary assist and Alex Goligoski had the secondary assist in his first game back at American Airlines Center after an offseason trade from Dallas to Phoenix. Dallas tied the game 1-1 when Shore scored on a wrist shot at 14:12. Jiri Hudler and Esa Lindell had the assists. Phoenix took a 2-1 lead at 13:59 of the second period when Martin Hanzal's wraparound banked off Jordie Benn's skate and past Lehtonen. John Klingberg tied the game 2-2 when he beat Domingue on the power play at 18:58. Domingue made 32 saves. Prior to the game, the Stars traded co-leading goal-scorer Patrick Eaves to the Anaheim Ducks for a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Klingberg, playing his 200th NHL game, helped swing momentum for Dallas when he scored over Domingue's shoulder with a wrist shot.
Boston Bruins @ Stars - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had three points to help the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 win against the Stars at American Airlines Center. Bergeron had two goals and an assist, and Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins (32-24-6), who closed a four-game road trip 3-1-0 and have won six of their past seven games (6-1-0). Boston scored twice in a span of 55 seconds in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Marchand gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 5:56 when he finished off a sharp passing play with Bergeron and David Pastrnak. David Krejci gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead at 6:51 when he deflected a pass from Torey Krug over Kari Lehtonen. Dallas cut the lead to 2-1 at 4:40 of the second period when John Klingberg scored off a faceoff. Jiri Hudler made it 2-2 at 11:49 on the power play. Boston responded when Frank Vatrano scored for a 3-2 lead on a high tip from the slot at 14:41. Bergeron made it 4-2 40 seconds later when he won a net-front battle with Jordie Benn and tipped a shot from Marchand past Lehtonen. Bergeron scored his second goal at 7:48 of the third period when he beat Lehtonen with a wrist shot. Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal at 13:00 to make it 5-3. Ryan Spooner scored a power-play goal 1:23 later for a 6-3 lead. Tuukka Rask made 33 saves. Lehtonen made 22 saves. The Bruins first goal showed off clinical passing between Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak. Rask made a diving save on Patrick Sharp at 16:41 of the second period.

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