Rarely do I get the opportunity to watch a Stars game on Fox Sports Southwest, as usually due to my schedule or my lack of wanting to pay for basic cable, I can only listen on the radio. Unfortunately, the Stars yet again made me pay the price for being able to watch. The Stars proved I may be the ultimate bad luck charm for the team. After having a strong game in a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers, the Stars crossed the river and got their butts handed to them 5-0 by the New Jersey Devils.
To say not much in the game went Dallas’ way is an understatement. The Devils scored almost immediately when Jamie Langenbrunner scored his first goal of the season on the backhand at 1:59. Assists on the goal came from Zach Parise and Travis Zajac. It’s only fitting Langenbrunner’s first goal came against his former team in the midst of a massive struggle.
The second only added to the Stars problems when John Madden lit the lamp twice on Marty Turco. The first came at 9:05 on a snap shot with assists from Paul Martin and Jay Pandolfo. Madden’s second goal came on a wrist shot at 10:17 with assists from Bryce Salvador and Brian Gionta. With about nine minutes remaining, Coach Tippett replaced the unfocused-looking Marty Turco with back-up Tobias Stephan.
Stephan played a strong game, but the Devils used the lack of defensive focus by the Stars against them, adding another two goals to make it 5-0. At 9:49 Zach Parise scored on a backhand with assists from Andy Greene and Travis Zajac. The final straw was a David Clarkson slap shot (what an amazing one it was) at 10:42. I don’t even think Stephan saw the shot. Assists on New Jersey’s final goal came from Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Andy Greene.
“We aren’t playing well, right from the goalies out,” an upset Tippett said after the game. “You can say what you want, we didn’t play good enough. We have to have the ability to bring an intensity level to win a battle. It’s about protecting the puck - things that we actually took steps forward the other night - and maybe we’ve got players we’re overrating, I don’t know, but we’re not getting the job done. It’s as simple as that. We expect a much higher level of play out of our group than we’re getting and that goes from compete levels to execution to mental toughness.”
The Stars will look to rebound against the New York Islanders tomorrow night at 6pm Central live from Long Island.
Image: Courtesy of Getty Images via Yahoo Sports.
Original Boxscore: Courtesy of NHL.com
Quotes: Courtesy of Dallas Stars website game recap.
Ken Armer is the NHL Community Coordinator for Bleacher Report as well as serving as the Community Leader for the Dallas Stars. He can be contacted on his profile or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.