Isn't it nice to see a plan come together? When the Dallas Stars acquired Tyler Seguin in July I, like most fans, wrote "Benn + Seguin" on the nearest scrap of paper and then drew a red heart around the outside of it. (Right next to the scratched-out one that said "Benn + Jagr"...) It was the easiest plan in the world. Tyler Seguin was going to be the center and Jamie Benn was going to score all the goals. Boom. Or, you know, Benn will get five assists and Seguin will score four times. Whatever. The Calgary Flames were the unwitting and unwilling witnesses to that proposition last night as the duo amassed 11 points en route to the 7-3 win. That's the beauty of it- They can both carry the puck. They can both distribute. They can both finish. It's as dangerous of a look as you'll find in the NHL right now outside of Sidney Crosby and well, whoever he's out there with. "We're living in the same building back home, so we're spending a lot of time together, and that's translating to chemistry on the ice," Benn said once again after this one. They're excelling, and now they're doing it with an apprentice riding shotgun in the form of one Mr. Valeri Nichushkin, who earned two assists of his own last night. (Alex Chiasson is probably waiting for his turn on that Merry-Go-Round.) 19 games is a small sample size to be sure, but does any of this look like it cannot last? Since the glory days of the Modanos, Hulls and Nieuwendyks of the world, when has Dallas had such a consistent offensive threat? Brad Richards with Loui Eriksson and James Neal was a good one. Quite good. Particularly in October, but maybe not for the duration of their 82-game hauls. Benn and Eriksson had their moments, but not for sustained periods like this, and Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro had some nice nights, lest we forget, but the explosiveness wasn't there.
Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn Proving Themselves One of League's Most Potent Duos
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