Ken's Corner: Thoughts On The Dallas Stars' Last Two Games
The best place to start is in the beginning, even though it would likely be less painful if we didn't. Dallas lost in a very one sided game on Friday night to the Boston Bruins, 3-0. The score gives the Stars a lot more credit than they deserve though as the Stars first loss of the season was an utter disgrace.
The good news is we saw the bad side of Dallas, and likely a side coach Marc Crawford won't let the locker room forget anytime soon. After an all out assault on Nashville earlier in the week it's possible Dallas just came in soft against the Bruins, but Boston tore apart the very little effort the Stars put into the matchup.
The Bruins were bottom line better at everything on Friday night. Faceoffs, powerplays, shots, hits, and even puck control along the boards always went the way of the B's. The Stars were consistently left scratching their head while the little red light behind Turco shined.
What we learned: Dallas looked just plain awful against Boston, and in every aspect of the game epically failed. Last season's all time low was the UFC look-a-like against the Bruins in Boston and this season it was the wheels falling off in Dallas.
The difference is this team doesn't have the off ice distractions to let this one be a season ender. The loss to Boston can only serve to teach, and Marc Crawford will surely use it to drill his philosophy and hard work home to his players.
Saturday night in the windy city was a completely different animal. The Stars were still outplayed but at least at the United Center they were just out played and didn't look flatter than a squirrel on the interstate.
Oddly enough, most assists on the Dallas goals should be given to Chicago goaltender Cristobal Huet.
"Until Cristobal Huet stops allowing goals that would get a junior high kid benched, the Blackhawks won’t be able to maintain a winning streak." Chicago Blackhawks Featured Columnist Tab Bamford had to say.
"Huet allowed four goals on 25 shots against Dallas. The performance, or lack thereof, from Huet on Saturday night was mediocre and his mental lapses cost the Blackhawks a game they dominated."
Even as a Stars fan, I won't deny his sentiment that the Hawks deserved the win, they showed more heart and clearly outplayed Dallas in the first twenty minutes. Dallas evened out in the second and third but Chicago still was the better team.
What we learned: During the first period on Saturday the Stars looked the exact same as they did against Boston, and through the stellar play of Alex Auld in net were able to maintain a 0-0 lock.
Once the second period began, Dallas began battling more and made the contest a bit more even. Chicago still appeared to be the better team but once Dallas evened out the effort being exerted the scoring began for them. Dallas once the first goal was scored maintained the lead going forward and even got some soft (and even hilarious) goals on Huet.
Dallas did their best on the road against a seemingly better team and got the win, that's all you can ask for this time of year.
The Stars will face the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center on Monday at 7:30. The King's come into the game on a fast start, stay tuned for a pregame report for the game since the Kings are truly a team to get a win against.
Be sure to also check out my latest look at a problem with the NHL. America vs. Canada: The Divisiveness of Hockey in North America
Ken Armer is a Community Leader for the NHL and the Dallas Stars for Bleacher Report. He also covers the Anaheim Ducks for SoCalSportsHub.com and covers the Texas and Dallas Stars for Hockey54.com. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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