After a couple of rough games as the Stars main goaltender, we got a different Jake Oettinger in the net last night. Vintage Oettinger helped the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. He needed and deserved this win after allowing ten goals in the last two games that he started. Miro Heiskanen also had a good night setting a new Dallas Stars record. Let’s take a look at the three takeaways from last night’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Dallas Stars vs Pittsburgh Penguins Recap: 3. Jamie Benn’s huge insurance goal
After Joe Pavelski picked up a huge goal on the power play in the third period, Jamie Benn came to the rescue. His goal proved crucial in the third period as it was the game-winning goal tonight against the Penguins. It allowed the Stars to get two crucial points and reclaim first place in the Central Division after the Wild lost in a shootout to the Philadelphia Flyers. Benn is having a heck of a resurgence this season after having a couple of bad seasons the last couple of years.
Dallas Stars vs Pittsburgh Penguins Recap: 2. Miro Heiskanen makes Stars history
Miro Heiskanen is the latest Dallas Stars to make franchise history this season. With his assist on Pavelski’s goal tonight, he has the longest point streak by a defenseman in Dallas Stars history tonight. While he hasn’t scored a lot of goals this season, Heiskanen has done a lot of work behind the scenes setting up his teammates for success. Heiskanen probably won’t get any Norris Trophy consideration this season, but in my opinion, he has done enough to be in the top five.
Dallas Stars vs Pittsburgh Penguins Recap: 1. Vintage Otter
After having two straight games of giving up five goals, Otter buckled down and showed the league how good he is. He stopped 40 out of 42 shots tonight to get the Stars a huge win against a potential playoff team. He made crucial stops after crucial stops in the second and third periods to give the Stars a chance to win tonight.
Pete DeBoer has a huge decision coming up this Saturday against the Canucks. Do you continue to ride Oettinger until you clinch the division or do you give him a day off against the Canucks? We will find out on Saturday if he will get the day off or will he make another start.