The Dallas Stars were able to get enough goals to force the Islanders off the island tonight at the American Airlines Center. This was a huge win after the Islanders embarrassed the Stars on their home ice a couple weeks ago. Here is what went down at the AAC tonight for those who missed the game.
Dallas Stars vs New York Islanders: 1st period recap
John Klingberg almost knocked the camera above the net off with his shot on Seymon Varlamov that went wide. Joel Kiviranta would whiff on three shots that could have been a goal to put the Stars up 1-0.
Marian Studenic would finally score his first goal as a Dallas Star off a rebound to make it 1-0 Stars. New York would be assessed a penalty for challenging the goal and being wrong. Great start for the Stars as they need to set the tone early in this game.
The Islanders would answer right back with a goal of their own to tie the game back up at one. There was no way the Stars were catching Jean-Gabriel Pageau on that two on one breakaway attempt.
Tyler Seguin would score on a beautiful deflection in front of the net to give the Stars the lead going into the 1st intermission. Stars lead in shots on goal 18-7 after the 1st period. Stars needed that second goal to breathe some life back into this team after giving up that goal on the breakaway.
Dallas Stars vs New York Islanders: 2nd period recap
Nelson didn’t take long to tie the game back up as he scored 30 seconds into the period. That’s not how the Stars wanted to start the period. Seguin would almost get the lead back but Benn’s pass was way to fast for him to corral and Varlamov would stop play with the save.
Stars would continue to test Varlamov with shots on goal in the Islanders zone. Varlamov would stop all the attempts the Stars gave him. Stars would have a three on 1 breakaway into the Islanders zone and Varlamov would continue to stymie the Stars.
Tyler Seguin would get another shot attempt on Varlamov but he would swat it with away with his arm pad. Radek Faksa would score a short handed goal on the Islanders power play to make it 3-2. Whats funny about the goal was that the Stars gave up goals on their power play in the previous game against Seattle.
Klingberg almost gave the Stars a 2 goal lead but the Islanders would poke the puck away from him and exit the zone. The Stars go into the 2nd intermission up 3-2 and limited Islanders to 3 shots on net in the 2nd period.
Dallas Stars vs New York Islanders: 3rd period recap
Stars almost started off the period with a goal but Benn shot it wide of the net. Jason Robertson would miss his shot attempt on Varlamov shortly after Benn’s. Benn would go to the box for trying to remove an opponents helmet.
The Stars would go on the power play after someone held on to Luke Glendening’s stick. Stars are lucky Zdeno Chara didn’t get his first of the season. Islanders would kill the Stars power play off and Stars would go 0-2 on the extra man advantage.
Stars continue to put pressure on Varlamov late in the 3rd period. Jason Robertson and Ryan Suter shots would all be stopped by him. The Stars crowd is getting loud trying to get the Stars energized enough to put the final dagger in the coffin tonight.
Jake Oettinger saved the game late as he was able to get over and deflect on Barzal’s shot with his shoulder in what looked like a game tying goal. Miro Heiskanen almost had the empty net goal that would have cemented the Stars victory.
The Stars would win Survivor Redemption by knocking off the Islanders 3-2. Stars would get their 40th win of the season and would get back into the second wildcard playoff spot in the West. Next game up for the Stars is Thursday night when they welcome Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs.