Penguins-Stars: Everything's Bigger in Texas, Including the Stars' Losing Streak

WoooooSenior Writer IMarch 1, 2009

The Dallas Stars are a fragmented version of an NHL hockey team right now. It really isn't even worth it to make fun of them.

Losing Brendan Morrow for the season would hurt any team in the league. So would having Marty Turco as your No. 1 goaltender.

Brad Richards is almost as overrated as Daniel Briere, who returned to the Flyers' lineup today. The over-under on days until his next injury is currently at four.


The Stars looked like they would have rather been munching on a bag of Cheetos or playing hockey with their kids in the driveway instead of playing an NHL game on a Sunday afternoon.

The Pens took advantage of the Stars' disinterest in the first two periods.

Jordan Staal continued his solid play of late by scoring the first goal of the game four minutes into the opening frame.

Malkin threw a hard shot toward the net and Tobias Stephan gave up a juicy rebound which Staal poked home. 1-0 Pens.

About ten minutes later, FSN Pittsburgh's feed of the game kills itself. Much like the FSN Headquarters, if you were stationed in Atlanta, you'd kill yourself to.

During the blackout, Kris Letang scored a big-time goal after Malkin fed him at the blue line and the Stars watched him skate in alone on their rookie goaltender. Tanger went to the backhand, Stephan wished he could go back to Switzerland. 2-0 Pens.

After the first intermission, everyone expected the Stars to come out on a rampage and tie the game within the first five minutes. It never happened.

Trevor Daley fanned on an outlet pass in his own zone and Miro Satan scooped up the loose biscuit.

Satan showed the patience of Job as he froze Stephan and slipped the puck into the net after a quick backhand, forehand move. 3-0 Pens.

A couple of shifts later, Malkin crashed in on former Penguin Darryl Sydor behind the Stars' net. Sydor thought about going back at Malkin, but decided to just shoot the puck over the glass and give the Pens a two man advantage later in the game instead.

Gino picked up his thrid point of the night when a puck took a crazy bounce off a partition in the glass behind the Stars' net. Gino was in front of the net when the puck bounced right onto his stick.

Malkin buried his head and wristed the puck past Stephan to put the game pretty much out of reach. 4-0 Pens.

The Stars actually showed some motivation in the third period, but MAF shut the door.

Loui Erkisson is a big-time hockey player, and will be for many years in this league. He scored the Stars' only goal of the game—on a pretty sick shot from directly in front of the net.

The Pens had two 5-on-3 opportunities in the third period. Malkin and Gonchar opened up the shooting gallery, but nobody could put the puck in the net.

The power play was 1-6 in the game, another disappointing showing.

Sidney Crosby was still resting his balls and did not play in this afternoon's game.

Stars' center Steve Ott was out of the lineup because he is apparently serving a one-game suspension for poking someone in the eye. If you knew poking someone in the eye was going to get you suspended, wouldn't you at least give them a ball-tap with your stick, or spit in their face? Something to make the suspension worthwhile.

Final Score: Pittsburgh beats Dallas 4-1

- Malkin. 92 points in 64 games. Oh, and he plays defense better than most defensemen.

- Staal has been unreal in Crosby's absence.

- The Pens have won three in a row without Sid in the lineup. Could Captain Crosby's constant conversations (that is an unreal series of words that begin with "c") with the officials and jawing with the opponents have become a distraction for his teammates?

- Fleury was solid again. Garon has to be considered a possibility to start against Tampa on Tuesday, but IHCDB made it pretty clear that as long as Fleury is getting W's, he's going to be between the pipes.

- IHCDB's NHL Coaching record: 5-1-1

- It's very easy to see the atmosphere on the Penguins' bench with IHCDB running shit is much different than it was when FHCMT was around. The players seem to be communicating more, both with each other and the coaching staff, guys are smiling more, and it just looks like it's fun to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins again. Oh, and they just won three games in a row for the first time since November.

- See you in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Prepare your ear drums for three hours of either Joe Beninati or Mike Emrick and Eddie Olcyzk. Either way, it's going to be ugly.


Let's Go Pens



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