Dallas Stars: Home Schooling
So after a two game home stand; what have we learned kids?
Firstly; it’s OK to win at home.
Much has been made of the 6-0 score vs the Predators and it has to be said; it was good to get such a resounding score on the board. Everything seemed to click into place against Nashville this time around and we came out of the gate with a huge point to prove, going on to score 4 of the 6 in the first period.
Secondly; Don’t be afraid of the big-boys.
The game against the Boston Bruins has left a few Dallas fans scratching their heads. Dropping a 3-0 clanger against them was a little hard to take after such a complete performance against Nashville just two nights before. In truth though; Boston hustled, chased and beat us to every 50-50 puck there was. They deserved the win.
My previous post mentioned I’d be happy with 2 points across both games and I guess it shouldn’t be so much of a hardship losing to one of the best regular season teams of last season but I’m finding this Boston result is really sticking in my throat.
When the puck was in possession, we seemed to be looking for the perfect pass rather than taking a chance on a shot. Tim Thomas, as good a goalie as he is, was often floundering in his crease and rather than take a pot-shot knowing that, we were looking for the open man.
I now appear to be going back on my previous mantra in needing to be more accurate on the shot but for goodness’ sake; at least take a shot!
Against Boston in fact was the only game so far this season we didn’t outshoot the opposition; simply because we were looking to pass.
Still; it is what it is. Two points from two games will do for now. They’ll have to. We’re at Chicago next tonight against an arguably even better side. On their own turf. I would still expect to outshoot the Hawks. There will no doubt be more penalties (the last two games, Dallas have only been a man down 5 times altogether) but I would love to get the win against one of last seasons big successes and finally make a statement of intent to the rest of the league and especially those who believe on pain of death that the Stars will continue to fade out this season.
Good luck boys!
- Several Stars had point streaks end with the whitewashing against Boston. Brad Richards’ five-game streak, during which he collected nine points (three goals, six assists) was snapped, while Mike Ribeiro and rookie Jamie Benn had four-game streaks end.
- Defenseman Matt Niskanen led the club in ice time, logging 25:23.
- Stephane Robidas delivered a game-high six hits.
- Rookie center Aaron Gagnon made his NHL debut after getting recalled earlier in the day from the AHL Texas Stars. In 9:06 of ice time, he played solidly, going 5-3 in the face-off circle and firing a shot from the slot just wide as the final buzzer sounded.
- After missing all of training camp, pre-season and the first three regular season outings with a hip/groin injury, veteran winger Jere Lehtinen sat out with abdominal soreness. He is listed as day-to-day.
- Center Steve Ott, who was officially placed on Injured Reserve to free up a roster slot for Gagnon, missed his second straight game with an oblique injury. Veteran center Mike Modano also sat out, for the fifth consecutive contest, with a rib injury suffered on opening night.
- Despite the loss, the Stars are now 8-4-3 in their last 15 meetings against the Bruins, including a 6-3-2 mark at home.