Stars center Jamie Benn missed the final part of Saturday night’s game against the New York Islanders after he was hit hard in the neutral zone by Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski.
The New York defender flattened Benn as the Stars center skated toward the Islanders blue line with 7:36 left in the third period. Benn had a hard time getting to his feet and then was still a little wobbly as he was helped to the Dallas bench.
“He's fine. He was kind of tied up with the forward and I don’t think he saw Wisniewski coming in. It’s one of those north-south hits,” Stars coach Marc Crawford told reporters after the game. “Obviously we hope he is going to be fine. They’ll follow all the protocols, but he’s fine right now. He’s talking and joking around in there. That’s a good sign.”
There was no penalty on the play. Benn scored the Stars’ first goal of the game, tallying on the power play got give Dallas a 1-0 lead in the first period.
Tavares suffers concussion
Islanders center John Tavares left the game late in the first period after colliding with Stars forward Adam Burish at the blue line and did not return to the game. The Islanders reported that he suffered a mild concussion on the play.
“To come out of the two games in the New York area with four points is really huge. I know we got outshot tonight and we took too many penalties and we did falter a little bit at the end, but we had some great parts to that game too … The guys dug in, we got a couple of good saves. The shootout is so, so important. You find a way to win and we found a way to win. They are not all going to be masterpieces. You can learn a lot from a victory as well. We’ll get a chance over the next four days to review this and look where we can be better. We’ll learn from it and it’s great to learn when you still get the two points from it.”
Stars coach Marc Crawford on his team’s 5-4 shootout win over the New York Islanders Saturday night