By EDWARD BERNSTEINN NHL star Jamie Benn, who has won three Stanley Cups, is not surprised by his team’s performance against the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the playoffs.
Benn, who missed Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury, was the star of the game in a 4-2 victory, including the game-winning goal that sealed the series for the Stars.
He scored two goals, including one off a pass from Dallas captain Jamie Benn to linemate Patrick Sharp.
The Stars are coming off a four-game road trip that featured wins over the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers.
The teams meet again Wednesday in Nashville, where the Stars are 5-1.
Benn said the goal was to get some of his teammates excited about the start of the season.
“I think the biggest thing for us right now is that we’re not looking for the first or second or third round,” Benn said.
“It’s just about being ready for the playoffs and then having a chance to be on the podium in the playoffs.”
The Stars had to get past a tough Oilers team, who beat the Stars 3-2 in Game 1.
The Stars are 3-1 against the Oilers since Benn joined the club in 2014.
“You can’t sit back and be disappointed,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.
“(The Oilers) have played well, but we’ve been good against them in the past.
We know that.
I know we’ve done a lot of good things against them.
It’s just going to be an effort.”
The Oilers were in their first playoff appearance since the 2005 Stanley Cup Final.
The Oilers, who lost to the Boston Bruins in the Western Conference Final, were swept in the second round by the St. Louis Blues.
“It’s a lot to take away from a game like that, especially the way they got a win in front of our house,” Oilers defenseman Leon Draisaitl said.