Sometimes in life change is good, while other times it can leave a bad taste in ones mouth. For the Dallas Stars looking to answer the question of inconsistency with winning, any change could be helpful.
Earlier in the week, veteran defenseman Phillipe Boucher was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins to reacquire long time Dallas Star, Darryl Sydor. Sydor brings veteran leadership and a solid defensive defenseman to the Stars, but even Sydor couldn’t have anticipated a first game experience such as the beating the Stars received from the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dressed in the third jerseys (pictured), the Stars took to the ice energized and all but embarrassed the Hawks in the first period. Brenden Morrow scored a gritty goal in front of the net at 7:37, with assists from Mark Parrish and Mike Modano.
Chicago did not answer until the final minute of the period on a Patrick Kane goal from Ben Eager and Matt Walker.
The embarrassment to the Hawks came during one stretch when the Stars recorded 11 shots on goal to the Blackhawks' one. Only problem was the Stars were unable to get a puck past veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. The Stars outshot the Hawks 14-7 in the first frame.
The second period was a more even match as the Stars began to lose the momentum to the Blackhawks. At 6:44 Ben Eager scored a goal with an assist from Dave Bolland. Almost a minute later at 7:50, Mike Modano tied it for the Stars on the power play after Jonathan Toews took a holding penalty at 7:33. Assisting on the goal was Brad Richards and Sergei Zubov.
Brian Campbell scored on the powerplay for the Hawks at 9:08. Assists on the goal came from Kris Versteeg and Troy Brouwer while the Stars' Trevor Daley sat for a holding penalty. At 16:06 Stars rookie, James Neal, in his first game back after being recalled, scored his third goal of the season from Sean Avery and Brad Richards, but from there on out the game was all Chicago.
Kris Versteeg scored at 19:30 on the man advantage after a Mike Ribeiro interference penalty gave the Hawks the power play. Assisting on the goal was Brian Campbell and Nikolai Khabibulin.
The shots on goal for the period were tied at 10 each. Dallas clearly did not look as focused during the period.
Nothing in the third period went the Stars' way. Dallas came in down by one, but after goals by Martin Havlat at 6:40, and Patrick Kane at 19:44 on the empty net, the Stars fell to the Blackhawks 6-3.
Total shots on goal for the game were 34-30 in favor of Dallas.
"We have shown glimpses, but we just can't sustain it for one reason or another," Stars coach Dave Tippett said in the Stars post game interview to the media. "We start chasing and don't push all the way through."
With the loss, Dallas now has a 6-9-3 record and has not won back to back games yet this season. The Stars have also allowed five or more goals eight times in the last 18 games, which tops the league in a very bad category. Last year Dallas allowed five or more goals in only eight games for the entire 82 game season.
Stars Captain Brenden Morrow left the game in the third period. Morrow left the ice at 6:11 and was last seen limping to the dressing room. Coach Tippett said more information on the injury should be available on Friday afternoon.
The Stars will reportedly wear their new third jerseys in the next three games. Up next for Dallas is the dangerous Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at the American Airlines Center.
New old Dallas Star Darryl Sydor ate up 19:32 worth of ice time against Chicago, recording no points and a -2 +/-. Sydor wore number 55, rather than his trademark number 5 for Dallas.
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