Thursday, November 12, 2015

Red-Hot Dallas Stars off to Franchise's Best 17-Game Start

The Dallas Stars followed their tried and true formula to victory on Thursday night at American Airlines Center: Timely goal scoring, timely puck stopping and kick saves by defensemen. Okay, that last part isn't by design but it worked tonight. Jason Demers stole Kari Lehtonen's thunder when he made the save of the game late in the first period (see video above), robbing Andrew Ladd to help his team stay within a goal of the Winnipeg Jets.

(Note: Lehtonen stopped 35 of 38 Winnipeg shots and improved to 7-1-0 with the win, so he needn't feel jealous of Demers.)

Dallas would score five of the game's final six goals, including Jamie Benn's league-leading (tied with Chicago's Patrick Kane) 11th tally, which ended up being the game winner.

The Stars have never accumulated this many points (26) in the first 17 games of any season in the franchise's 48-year-history.