The more things change, the more they stay the same. Another second game of a back-to-back, and another loss. The Stars are now 0-3 this season in those games and 1-14-2 dating back to last season.
Not really much to touch on here, after what was a promising start. The Stars looked like the better team in the first. They had more energy, were creating turnovers not committing them, but they just couldn't generate any offense. They let the Yotes hang around, and from the second period on, it was all Phoenix. What started so promising, ended so ugly.
- Penalties were again a problem. The Stars were shorthanded seven times in this one, but luckily the PK was able to do it's thing again and continue to be a lone bright spot. They finished the night 1-for-7 on the penalty kill.
- 17. That was the total number of shots-on-goal in the game for Dallas. The second was absolutely horrendous, with Dallas only putting three on net. The first of those three was at roughly the 1:30 mark, the next two came inside the final minute of the period, over 17 straight minutes without a shot-on-goal. Oh they took shots, wide, into a wall of humanity, everywhere but on net.
- 7. That's how many Stars players registered a shot. Nine of those shots came from the top line of Morrow/Benn/Jagr, and Morrow contributed zero to that total. Roussel(2), Smith(1), and Vincour(1), were the only other forwards to put pucks on net.
- Bachman for his part looked good, and like Lehtonen and Nilstorp, was really the main reason they were even in this one. Bachman finished with 32 saves on 34 shots. Goaltending has been the only other positive, aside from the PK, throughout the first nine games.
It's still early, and they have yet to ice their full top-six even once this season, but some tough questions are going to have to be asked to find the answers to turn things around.
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