Stars coach Lindy Ruff shuffled his lines a bit for Monday night’s game in Buffalo and it paid dividends. Ruff moved Erik Cole back up to the top line, where he had played in the preseason and earlier in the regular season.
“We played together in the preseason and we know each other’s games a lot better now,” said Seguin, who had one goal and one assist. “Look what happened when Pevs (Rich Peverley) came to (our line) in Winnipeg, we had another good game. Tonight, I thought we played pretty well. “
The Stars also had some balance on the scoring front. The fourth line chipped in with a goal as well.
“We got a good start from (Vernon Fiddler’s) line, a good goal early for us. It was that play around the net, which has been kind of lacking in our game. That was good,” said Cole, who had two assists. “We were quicker to pucks, created some turnovers, some quick little plays at the net and it was in.”
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“This is a special place for him. I remember the first time I played against Atlanta after getting traded. It was a big moment and I remember the feeling after we got the win, and I was able to play well in that game. Of course, you want something like that for your head coach.”
*Monday’s win was the Stars’ first regular season win in Buffalo since Oct. 7, 1997 when they beat the Sabres, 4-2.
*The Stars outshot the Sabres 29-25.
*Jordie Benn led the Stars with 4 shots on goal.
*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 39 of 58 (67 percent of faceoffs).
*Valeri Nichushkin picked up second assist of the season on Goligoski’s power play goal.
*Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon and Sabres forward Marcus Foligno dropped the gloves early in the third period.
Suspended: Ryan Garbutt