The cooking on the road must be better then it has been at home recently. The Stars made it seven straight road wins last night by beating the Minnesota Wild in convincing fashion 4-0. Besides Minnesota’s pest and overall jerk Clutterbuck and their star center in Mikko Koivu, the Wild looked lifeless for most of the game. And the few times when they did have chances or tried to get back into the game, Andrew Raycroft did an excellent job of stopping them.
Jamie Benn has to get the first star of the game from me, with a pair of goals. But the kid could should get first star of the game just for his first goal. Benn takes a nice feed from the defensive end and built up speed, then made getting to the net look extremely easy. He went around Cam Barker while putting the puck between his legs, and then roofed a shot in close. Here check it out:
Not too bad right? Seriously though, it seems like once every other week he pulls off some sick goal and just always makes it look easy.
Raycroft, as mentioned a little bit earlier, was great in net again on the way to stopping all 26 shots. The Wild did not have a lot of scoring chances and the defense for Dallas looked good in the game, but when things did heat up around the net he played another solid game in the crease. Raycroft now sits at 8-3-0 this season with a .934 save percentage. Those are crazy numbers and he just continues to give the Stars a solid option behind Lehtonen when he needs time off or the Stars just need to change things up. And of course it was the Stars debut of Jamie Langenbrunner, or I guess re-debut. Langenbrunner was back to wearing #15 for Dallas and I enjoyed seeing him back. Langs joined the Stars 3rd line with Otter and Burish to form what should be a gritty and strong two-way line. Although they did not score any goals tonight, they did play well and it looked like there was instant chemistry there. He also saw some time on the powerplay and did create a little for Dallas. That right-handed shot should really come in handy and he right away looked great in his return.
It was one of the best efforts by this team so far in the season, and now they need to bring it back home with them. The winning on the road has been great, but when you get chances to pick up points at home it is a must to win at home against conference foes. The Stars come home for three in a row at home before going back onto the road for three, and Dallas needs to pick up the effort in front of the home crowds. Maybe seeing Langenbrunner back will draw some good crowds and the Stars will get behind them. We will see soon, the Oilers come into town Tuesday.