Jamie Benn is arguably the best power forward in the NHL, and he demonstrated why Saturday against Montreal. Benn dropped Canadiens blueliner Jeff Petry with one of the biggest hits of the season, forced a turnover and assisted on a Tyler Seguin goal in a matter of seconds.
Stars captain Jamie Benn may be the most prototypical, old-school power forward in the league, and there may ben no play in Benn’s career that encapsulates just what he brings to the Dallas lineup than a goal he was responsible for creating Saturday against Montreal.
With the Stars up 3-1 in the second frame, defenseman Alex Goligoski took a shot that was stopped by Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon. Condon’s save turned the play around and Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry was attempting to clear the Canadiens zone when he was absolutely levelled by Benn with a clean, hard hit.
Instead of the puck exiting the zone on Petry’s attempt, it ended up on Benn’s stick after a quick pass from Tyler Seguin. Benn skated in and fired the puck off the post only seconds before Goligoski made a pass to Seguin, who made no mistake and buried a laser wrist shot past Condon. Words barely do the sequence justice. Check it out:
That was a hard, clean, textbook hit from Benn, but the result wasn’t a good one for the Canadiens. Not only did the turnover lead to Seguin’s goal, Petry was unable to get up in time to get back to defend on the play.
Following the Stars goal, Petry headed to the bench and exited to the dressing room. He didn’t return to the contest and, post-game, TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie reported Petry was officially sidelined with an upper-body injury. There’s no timeline for Petry’s return, but it’s most likely he’s day-to-day as he recovers from the solid jolt from Benn.
As for Seguin’s goal, it was Dallas fourth of six on the night as they went on to a 6-2 victory over Montreal. Benn finished the contest with two goals, three points and four hits in 19:06 of ice time. Benn’s 22 goals lead the NHL and he’s only four points back of Chicago’s Patrick Kane for the NHL scoring lead with 44 points in 33 games.