California Dreaming: Dallas Stars Conquer Shootout and San Jose Sharks

Ken ArmerSenior Writer INovember 13, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 06:  Stephane Robidas #3 of the Dallas Stars against the Anaheim Ducks during the game at the Honda Center on March 6, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Harry How/Getty Images

Random Note : It really angers me when I have to resort to an outdated photo. Getty Images mega lets me down with a lack of updated hockey photos. At least the photo fits the game from Thursday night.

The Stars and Sharks matchup in San Jose on Thursday night was a dream come true, and delivered a real battle, not just on the scoreboard, stats sheet, or in highlights, it was a real, old school throwback to the style of hockey that started the rivalry back in the '90s and moreover it had the look of playoff hockey.

Additionally, good news leaving the game was that Dallas actually won in the shootout. I'll allow you a moment to re-read that previous line, because you didn't read it wrong.

The real big news of the game didn't happen until the third period, which found Dallas down 2-1 with about half the game left. I wasn't disappointed, as always when I got up and turned my back from the game Mike Modano scored the tying goal.

While the goal is important, there is more noteworthy small scale stuff to take note of. As stated the game had a playoff atmosphere, and the San Jose fans showed they are among the best in the NHL by making HP Pavilion a difficult arena for a team like Dallas to play in.

The Stars played, and checked hard and so did San Jose and the 2-2 score after regulation was a good representation of the fact the two teams were as evenly matched as Andy Bensch and mysel f said. Furthermore, the play on Thursday night makes even more proof that the likely winner of the Sharks/Stars series will likely win the Pacific Division.

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Besides the proverbial monkey off the back by winning in the shootout, thanks to an impressive goal by defenseman Stephane Robidas the Stars pulled are currently within two points of the Los Angeles Kings for second in the division. Unfortunately unless Dallas starts getting consistent wins San Jose could run away with it (like they usually do) points wise.

With two games remaining on their road trip, the Stars gained valuable points before meeting Phoenix and Detroit. Both teams have a lot of talent but thanks to a hard fought battle on the Stars end, and a spectacular performance by Marty Turco the Stars began their road trip in perfect fashion.

The Stars meet the Coyotes in Glendale on Saturday night at 7pm. The game will be telecast on FSN-Southwest, and could be a good indicator of if the Stars can, and will seize momentum from the important victory in San Jose.

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 karmer@bleacherreport.com.


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