Well, maybe we jumped the gun a little bit.
A day after this very author wrote that the Stars were headed in the wrong direction, Dallas defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1 in convincing fashion. Jamie Benn finished with 4 points (1 G, 3 A) and Tyler Seguin pitched in with 2 points. However, the most impressive player may have been rookie Valeri Nichushkin. Nichushkin finished with 2 goals and an assist and looked dominate in doing so. After hitting the rookie wall, Nichushkin seems to have recovered nicely.
The 7-1 victory followed a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. While it may be premature to say the Stars have turned a corner, there’s no denying they have looked like a different team these last 2 games. They look faster, more disciplined, and have been playing a much smarter brand of hockey. Head Coach Lindy Ruff has to like what he’s seeing. Thursday night the Stars outhit, outshot, and outplayed the Leafs in virtually every way.
Though we here at Blackout Dallas have suggested looking to next year, maybe general manager Jim Nill should wait and see how the Stars perform the next few games. If they continue to show marked improvement perhaps Dallas should decide to add pieces in hopes of a playoff push this season.
Again, it may be premature to say the Stars have turned a corner. It’s only 2 games. But if those two games are any indication for whats in store the rest of the way, it should be a very interesting second half of the season.