On Saturday night, the Dallas Stars looked like a team rejuvenated after a long road trip. The Buffalo Sabres, on the other hand, looked like a team tired from a long road trip. The Stars, playing at home for the first time since October 21 easily took care of the Sabres 5-1.
Instead of it being a long road trip, Buffalo was only playing the second game of a two-game trip that took them to Arizona and Dallas. The first two minutes of the game saw the Sabres in the Dallas zone pretty much the entire time. But a goal 3:09 into the game got Dallas going.
Remi Elie chose the right time to get his first goal of the season on an assist from Antoine Roussel. Over the next eight minutes Radek Faksa and Stephen Johns would add a goal apiece. Tyler Seguin would add another one in the first period for the Stars but only after the Sabres changed goalies.
Roussel would add a late second period goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen got the start in goal for Dallas and stopped 27 of 28 shots. The only goal allowed was off the stick of Ryan O’Reilly in the second.
“It’s not the same old five guys doing everything,” coach Ken Hitchcock said after the win. “We got a lot of contribution from a lot of different people, and the bench got really excited about that.”
Only negative that came out of the win was the fact that Faksa and Tyler Pitlick both left the game with injuries. Both are listed as day-to-day for the time being and hopefully we will find out more on Sunday.
For now, Dallas will enjoy the victory and prepare for Monday’s divisional game against the Winnipeg Jets. That game starts at 7:30 and can be seen on FSSW.
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