Defeat Anaheim, the Stars are seeing the version of Denis Gurianow they hoped for
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Denis Gurianov scored his first two NHL goals in the season during the first period of Thursday night’s match with a 2-1 win over Anaheim.
The goals were identical for the speedy Russian when he roofed his first one above Gibson then slipped his second one among Gibson’s legs.
“I managed to shoot high glove, however, it bounced a little bit then I got it five-hole,” said Gurianov. “Still, it’s not bad, right?”
They were the second and third goals in Gurianov’s NHL career, but were the first ones to come off his stick. His first goal was in last season with a deflection off his knee against Nashville. Thursday was Gurianov’s fifth match back in the NHL after bringing a hat trick for his AHL affiliate Texas.
Returning from the AHL, Gurianov’ has been more engaged in the game. He use his speed to cut his way to the net as well as physically finish checks then knock opponents off the puck.
Cogliano said he think it just shows what kind of player Gurianov can turn into with his speed. There are not many guys in the league that can skate like him. Those are two high-end goals, they end up being the difference tonight.”
Gurianov said his brief trip to the AHL did help him find his game which was missing in the pre-season and three regular-season games. “With Texas, I played on penalty kill and the power play”, he said. “And receiving more ice time has helped me play better.”
Now the Stars is hoping that Gurianow, a speedy youngter, will be this season’s Roope Hintz who begins the season on the fourth line, then discovers the game in the AHL before turns into a NHL’s scorer.
To see how well he played, he only finished with 10:50 of ice-time. His linemates were in a similar range with Justin Dowling (at 10:18) and Cogliano (at 12:27).