Darren Haydar scores twice in Wolves’ victory
By Lacy J. Banks firstname.lastname@example.org October 29, 2011 11:14PM
Updated: December 1, 2011 8:39AM
After seeing Darren Haydar score two spectacular goals to lead the Wolves to a 2-1 victory against the Texas Stars on Saturday night at Allstate Arena, some fans might rejoice, “The ol’ Haydar is back!”
In reality, the “ol’ Haydar” never left. The right winger, a 10-year veteran and former American Hockey League most valuable player, remains one of the league’s premier scorers.
“It usually takes me a few games to get going,” said Haydar, who scored multiple goals for the 36th time. “But I’m finding my way, starting to move my feet better, getting more confidence and making better decisions with the puck.”
The win broke a two-game losing streak for the Wolves (3-4-0-2), who begin a five-game, eight-day road trip Thursday in Peoria. Goalie Eddie Lack shared the limelight by stopping 33 of 34 shots by the Stars (3-5-0-0).
Haydar, assisted by left winger Bill Sweatt, gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead by scoring his third goal of the season with 47 seconds left in the second period. Assisted by forward Tim Miller and defenseman Mark Matheson, Haydar notched the game-winner with 4:39 left in the third, 43 seconds before winger Tomas Vincour scored the Stars’ lone goal.
“We needed a win,” Wolves coach Craig MacTavish said. “It was getting pretty desperate there. But the guys battled hard.
“What a shot by Haydar each time,” MacTavish added. The first was a good finish off a great pass. But the second was incredible. It was like one of those [former Islander star] Mike Bossy shots.”