The Caroline Hurricanes were tired, but we've seen the Stars mess this situation up before.
Not this time. Dallas was on the attack from the opening drop and clearly won a game it should have won, beating Carolina 4-1 and never really being in trouble.
And that's a wonderful thing for a team that still is trying to find out what it is.
Dallas won on the road to go 6-5-0 away from home. The Stars put together their second four-game winning streak of the season (after not being able to strong together three in a row last season).
They ran out four balanced lines and three balanced pairs and got another big night from Kari Lehtonen.
It was a total team effort, as coach Marc Crawford said.
Dallas is now 14-8-1, good for 29 points and first place in the Pacific Division. It is 7-2-0 against teams from the East. It is finding all sorts of ways to win games.
And that's huge, because this isn't going to be easy. With all of the winning, the Stars still are just a few points ahead of the teams that are fighting for a playoff spot in the West.
But that's how it's going to be this season in the NHL.
You need to be able to handle that kind of pressure.
Now, the Stars get a Thursday game against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals and a chance to win five games in a row.
``We've got a chance to make it five in a row if we get the next one,'' Stars coach Marc Crawford said. ``And you know what they say, the hardest thing about winning five is getting the first four.''