The Dallas Stars trailed the Buffalo Sabres by one goal in each period Monday night but still found a way to win. The Stars overcame a 1-0 first-period deficit, a 2-1 second-period deficit and a 3-2 third-period deficit to win, 4-3, in front of a raucous crowd at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
“It was a huge win for us,” Stars right wing Patrick Eaves said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “They played us hard earlier in the year and beat us. They’re a stingy team and they played a good game. We just had to gut it out. That’s all it was tonight.”
The Stars (35-28-10) got two goals from Jamie Benn, including one on a power play, and two late goals from Eaves and Cody Eakin, who had the game-winner with less than four minutes to go.
Benn is second on the team in goals (26) and first in assists (44).
“He makes everyone better,” Eaves said. “It’s unbelievable what he can do. He carried us tonight again. He’s the best power forward in the game, so we’re pretty fortunate to have him. Just the stuff he can create on his own, he makes everyone a lot better, so it’s been a pleasure playing with him.”
It’s also been a pleasure playing with Tyler Seguin, who leads the team with 33 goals and is second with 32 assists. Seguin assisted on Eaves’ goal, which tied the game at 3.
“Before (Seguin) got hurt there, we were together quite a bit,” Eaves said of his line. “He moved us back tonight. I haven’t been out with them lately, but yeah, they put us back and fortunately our chemistry kicked in. Jamie and (Seguin), they were really good tonight and playing quick. For me, I just try to go get in the way. The way I scored, it just kind of hit me. (Seguin) put a great shot on net and it hit me. I was standing there. That’s sometimes how it goes.”
Dallas, which endured a six-game losing streak in late February and early March, has won eight of its last 10 games, including five by one goal. The Stars also beat the Blackhawks at home Saturday.
Dominated is more like it.
Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves, and Eaves, Seguin, Shawn Horcoff and Jason Spezza all found the net in a 4-0 win.
“The place was buzzing,” Eaves said. “We played really well. We didn’t give them much.”
Scott Ferrall opined that the Stars are becoming more popular in Dallas than the Mavericks (44-27), who have lost seven of their last 12 games to fall to the seventh seed in the Western Conference. The Stars, meanwhile, are still battling for a playoff spot.
“We always support each other, so it’s not really a competition,” Eaves said. “When we (had) the fans in the stadium on Saturday night, it was just crazy in here. The Blackhawks brought a lot of people and our fans out-cheered them. It’s great to see the support we’re getting in town, and we really appreciate it as a group.”
The Stars play the Flames in Calgary (40-27-6) this Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.