Some thoughts after the Dallas Stars beat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-1 Saturday night at American Airlines Center.
*Rolling along. That’s three straight wins and points in six straight (5-0-1). The Stars are now 17-5-4 over their last 26 games. They’ve straightened things out at home a bit here with two straight wins. This one looked better than the one Tuesday against Edmonton. They got better as the game moved along Saturday, which is no big surprise since they had a few days between games. When you add it all up at the end of the night, it was a pretty impressive win and an entertaining one for a pretty good sized crowd at the AAC.
*Special teams play. It was the difference in the game. The Stars’ penalty kill was perfect against a very good Atlanta power play, and the Dallas power play scored four times on five chances. The Stars’ special teams have been excellent during this six-game points streak. The penalty kill is 17-18, and the power play is 9-19. Those are pretty impressive numbers.
*Big night for Lehtonen. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was rock solid in his first game against his former team. He came up with some big, big saves when the game was still on the line. That’s been par for the course this season. This game meant a lot to him and he and his teammates came up with a big effort.
*Daley continues to roll. Another solid night for defenseman Trevor Daley, who continues a nice little offensive run. He had two power-play goals Saturday night, giving him seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) over his last eight games. His six shots on goal matched his season high. The Stars showed confidence in him with a big contract extension recently, and Daley is delivering. He’s on a pace for a career year offensively.
Neal heating up. James Neal scored two goals Saturday night, giving him four goals over the last three games and 18 for the season, tying him with Brenden Morrow and Brad Richards for the team lead. He’s got five goals in the last six games after going 10 games without potting one. Those goal scorers, they can be streaky at times.