The Stars Silence the Blues in Matinee Matchup
On the day the Dallas Stars honor Jamie Langenbrunner as a member of the 20th anniversary team, there was much business to be had by the Stars. Dallas faced off in an early afternoon matchup silencing the St. Louis Blues with a final score of 4-1 to pick up their 11th win of the season.
The game started off slow for the Stars as they gave up an early one to David Perron who continues to pile on points against Dallas. The Stars responded at the end of the first period with Erik Cole's first goal as a Dallas Star with some crafty, close quarter wizardry between he, Derek Roy, and Antoine Roussel. Shortly after, Roy capitalized on a Blues' turnover to slip one past Brian Elliott who was starting is first game in about 3 weeks.
The game continued to show characteristics of a typical matinee game with several self-induced errors. In the third period, the Blues got one past Kari Lehtonen (who was sensational throughout the game) to tie it up but it was instantly waved off as the puck was kicked in.
The Stars put on a passing clinic a few minutes later where Jordie Benn connected on a patient, cross-ice pass to Loui Eriksson. A late period penalty taken by Perron stifled the Blues' last minute efforts and enabled Roy to connect with Jagr on a slick centering pass to put a fourth goal past Elliott.
The Stars will have several days off until they face off against the Kings on Thursday in Los Angeles. As of right now, Dallas sits at 6th in the notoriously tight Western Conference playoff hunt.