The Dallas Stars watched the Western Conference Championship banner rise to the rafters on Friday night, finally. After a week and a day delay due to a massive amount of covid issues, the fans and the team returned with a spark.
The fans roared as usual even with limited numbers as the Stars scored a touchdown on the Nashville Predators. In an unpresented turn of events, the boys in victory green would score five power play goals and finish the night with a Texas sized touchdown. The final score would be 7-0 and while it is hard not to give the credit to the offense, the crowd was chanting one name as the clock struck all zeroes. Dobby.
In his first ever start on an opening night, Anton Khudobin recorded his 100th career win and 9th career shutout ever. In a tumultuous first period that could have easily resulted in a much different result, Dobby was absolutely perfect. The Stars would return the favor by scoring six goals on special teams, one of which was a shorthanded goal by none other than offensive juggernaut Esa Lindell.
For a team that was considered “Suspect” on the offensive end last season, the Predators allowed the Stars to assert their dominance almost willingly after Joe Pavelski broke the ice early in the second period. The only downside in this game was the possibility of injury to the captain Jamie Benn. Benn took a nasty hit from Preds right wing Viktor Arvidsson that would show the captain’s right knee buckle. Benn would take his time off the ice and eventually need to be helped back to the tunnel but would return to the ice for the following Stars power play. Unfortunately, that would be the end of the night for the Stars captain. He would leave the bench before the conclusion of the second period and would not return for the remainder of the tilt. It is unknown if that was a precautionary move at this time. (Within an hour of the end of the game.)
On a night where the Stars watched their successes be rewarded for their previous campaign, they would assert their dominance in a “Special” way. They dominated the power play and and Dobby dominated the crease. The Stars start the season off 1-0 and face the Predators again on Sunday at 7 PM CST at the American Airlines Center. Game one is in the books and the Stars are well on their way to 56-0.