Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin has four goals in the last three games, and has now scored 11 goals since the calendar flipped to 2019. That is second in the league behind Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson, who has 12.
Seguin tacked on another in Monday’s 5-4 win over Arizona.
He now has 22 goals in 53 games, which would put him on pace for 34 goals this season. He’s also had the game-winning goals in two of the last three games for the Stars (against Minnesota and Arizona).
Potent power play: The Stars scored three power play goals on Monday night, the most since an Oct. 6 victory over Winnipeg. And they did so against the best penalty kill unit in the NHL, with Arizona entering Monday killing 87.1 percent of power plays.
The second unit scored twice, with goals from Roope Hintz and Faksa. The top unit scored when Klingberg’s shot found its way through a Jamie Benn screen.
Montgomery said the second unit sparked the surge, and Spezza (who assisted on Hintz’s goal) said the unit was prepared for Arizona’s aggressive PK.
“They were winning puck battles,” Montgomery said. “They were attacking the zone with speed. And then we got the 4-on-3 goal, and then the second unit got another 5-on-4 goal. Just a lot of positives there, and I think our second unit, their energy and their execution, got the first unit going.”
The Stars penalty kill also went 5-for-5 on Monday, including a five-minute kill of Brett Ritchie’s boarding major and Blake Comeau’s late tripping penalty.
After the game, Benn was asked about the Dallas penalty kill.
“Did they score a power play goal?” he asked a reporter, who told him no. “Pretty damn good, then.”
Ritchie kicked out: Stars forward Brett Ritchie received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for a hit on Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski.
As the puck went behind the Arizona net and Goligolski and Ritchie pursued it, Goligoski lost as edge and slammed into the boards after a push from Ritchie. Goligoski, the former Stars defenseman, did not return for the game’s final 22:20.
“The way [the referee] explained it, it’s a good call,” Montgomery said. “It’s one of the most dangerous plays in hockey now. Unfortunately, his stick got caught up in his feet as he was turning and he went hard into the boards. It’s just something to protect players. Player safety has always got to come first.”
It was Ritchie’s second boarding penalty of the season.
Dickinson back with a scare: Stars forward Jason Dickinson returned to the Stars lineup on Monday night against Arizona after a two-game absence due to a lower-body injury. Dickinson slotted back into his customary spot between Andrew Cogliano and Jason Spezza on the third line.
Dickinson lasted only two shifts before another scare limited his minutes in the first period. During a Stars penalty kill, Dickinson blocked a shot and went down the tunnel with 8:50 left in the first period. He did not play the rest of the period, but returned at the start of the second.
With Dickinson back in the lineup, Valeri Nichuhskin sat as a healthy scratch. Defensemen Connor Carrick and Julius Honka were also scratched for the fourth straight game following Jamie Oleksiak’s re-acquisition.
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