The Dallas Stars beat the Phoenix Coyotes last night in a 4-3 that almost wasn’t.
With the Stars releasing many of it’s solid players, like Steve Ott (to Buffalo), Sheldon Souray (to the dreaded Ducks), Mark Fistric (to chilly Edmonton), James Neal (to Pittsburgh), Matt Niskanen (to Pittsburgh), Mike Ribeiro (Capitals), and Jamie Benn incognito until negotiations are final, many wondered if the Stars had a team at all, at least one that could put points on the board.
Of course, we know Loui Eriksson is a solid scorer and we love him all the more for his finesse and point production, but he can’t hold the team alone. Who would skate beside him on the first line?
In skates Whitney and Jagr, who both scored in a big way last night against Phoenix.
Jagr had two goals and two assists and Whitney netted a goal and an assist against his former team. Late in the second period, Jagr made his 667th career goal. Jagr has 1347 career games and 1657 career points. With his one-year deal at $4.5 million, he brings talent and productivity to the by then weakened Stars lineup.
Whitney and Jagr, said Stars coach Glen Gulutzon, “… did a really good job out there.”
“They read off each other. You’ve got two brilliant minds there. They’re chattering all the time, so there’s some chemistry going on already with those two. When you’ve got players of that caliber with that chemistry who can read off each other, you’re in good shape."
The Stars had a bit of trouble in the second period with power play problems, and into the third period were tied, 3-3, but turned it around 6:55 before the end of the third period when Eriksson scored the game winning goal with an assist from Jagr.
Dallas won not just a game last night, but they won against questions of whether they could not only defend the net, but score in it. Jagr and Whitney proved that age was just a number and that they could raise the numbers on the scoreboard to a win against the Coyotes.