The Toronto Maple Leafs avoid a 4 game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airline Centre last night in what Randy Carlyle could only refer to as “the best Christmas present we could have given ourselves.”
Randy Carlyle stuck with his shuffled lines from last game – which ended up paying off. Nazem Kadri centered van Riemsdyk and Santorelli, Tyler Bozak in between Phil Kessel and Joffery Lupul, and Peter Holland with Daniel Winnik and David Clarkson. The fourth line remains unused by Carlyle – barely playing 5 minutes in this game.
Nazem Kadri opened the scoring 55 seconds in with a wrist shot assisted by Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk – doesn’t that have a nice ring to it. The other three goals of the game belong to James van Reimsdyk (From Nazem Kadri and Jonathan Bernier), Tyler Bozak (from Dion Phanuef and Phil Kessel) and finally, Mike Santorelli (from James van Riemsdyk) with the empty net to solidify a win in Texas.
Just moments before setting van Reimsdyk up for the second goal of the game, Nazem Kadri gets absolutely rocked by Jamie Benn – a hit that some will argue looked worthy of suspension, but luckily bounced right back up and to make the play.
A very frustrated Tyler Seguin had quite the hissy fit this game – registering 6 shots and sitting at a -3. In fact, in 13 games Tyler Seguin has played against Toronto, he has never scored despite having 56 shots on net.
Despite the Stars being on the power play 9 times this game, they were unable to get a puck by Jonathan Bernier at even strength or otherwise. Jonathan Bernier managed a 43 save shutout. This is Bernier’s second shutout of the season, and the ninth of his career.
So despite being outshot 43-22 the Leafs manage to earn their two points. Stars of the game, in order, go to Jonathan Bernier with 43 saves James van Riemsdyk with 1 goal, 2 assists and Dion Phaneuf with 1 assist, 4 shots.
Here's a look on the Kadri hit