The Stars’ dynamic duo were en fuego, while Jiggy got doused in our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
How excited must Dallas fans be this morning? In an utter 7-3 destruction of Calgary, Tyler Seguin nabbed four goals and an assist while linemate Jamie Benn rang up a goal and six points, playing alongside promising rookie Valeri Nichushkin (two points). When Seguin was traded to the Stars, he began watching video of Benn in the summer to get a sense of what his potential linemate’s tendencies were and the homework seems to be paying off. So how far can this tandem take the Stars in the murderous West?
OK, we all like Teemu Selanne; that’s established. But this hit by Tampa’s Radko Gudas on the Finnish Flash was too good to ignore.
Men of the Night
T.J. Oshie, St. Louis: Lost in the Dallas decimation was the fact St. Louis hammered Colorado 7-3, with Oshie collecting four assists on the evening.
Valtteri Fippula, Tampa Bay: With Steven Stamkos gone for a long stretch, Filppula picked up the slack in a 5-1 annihilation of Anaheim, garnering two goals and a helper.
Dan Boyle, San Jose: The crafty old veteran nailed the overtime winner in a 2-1 takedown of Vancouver and assisted on the Sharks’ first score as well.
Chad Johnson, Boston: Playing just his third game of the year, Johnson stopped 34 in Boston’s 3-2 overtime win against Columbus and the former Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook had to be sharp on several occasions.
Better Luck Next Time
Goaltending has been a big reason why the Avs are off to such a hot start, but J-S Giguere got straight-up pumped last night by the Blues. ‘Jiggy’ was pulled once, then came back in when Semyon Varlamov gave up two on six shots. It didn’t get any better and Giguere’s muffing of a David Backes shot led to a laugher goal by Alex Steen.