After 7 tries spanning 14 days the Dallas Stars have added to their point total in the year 2014 with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the American Airlines Center Tuesday night. With local media and fans alike throwing around terms like "must win" in relation to this one, the Stars came out strong, striking just 14 seconds in when Trevor Daley took advantage of an Edmonton coverage lapse and found Erik Cole alone in front. They'd build a 3-1 win in the first ten minutes of the game, eventually adding tallies from Cody Eakin, Ryan Garbutt, Jamie Benn and Trevor Daley while relying on Kari Lehtonen for stretches to hold the lead while defensive miscues continued. Tyler Seguin returned to the score sheet after a five-game absence with an assist on Jamie Benn's power play goal, but it was the continued pressure of that line all first-period long that gave the Stars the boost they needed to build the lead and momentum. A power play goal, at last, was a welcome addition as well (on just one opportunity)- As were contributions from what may be considered the Stars' "second line" in Cody Eakin, Ryan Garbutt and Antoine Rossel, who stayed out of the sin bin in this one. At 49 points and with three games in hand they're still in spitting distance of the 8th place Minnesota Wild, losers tonight though owners of 55 in the piggy bank. And even after all that pain and misery the Stars sit exactly where they were in relation to the Phoenix Coyotes on New Years Eve- Just two points back. It wasn't always pretty, but they got the monkey off their back. And just in time. The schedule (Minnesota, Bruins, Penguins, etc...) gets uglier from here.
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