The Dallas Stars and fans
The return to Big D hasn't gone quite to plan. Back-to-back losses, and coughing up the lead in both isn't the way this was supposed to go. Oddly enough this was the third straight game to end 4-3, and the fourth time that has happened this month.
- After having his streak of six games with a point broken Jamie Benn got back into the scoring column with the opening salvo just 35 seconds in. We love to see you score Jamie, but let people get their $10 cups of fizzy yellow pisswater and get back to their seats first. Or in this case let me get back from the kitchen with my glass of beer. Thank god, and directv, for the ability to rewind live programming.
- Well since we're on the topic of Benn's, Jordie made his first appearance since his call-up from Cedar Park. While his TOI of 17:10 last night was tied for his second lowest of the season, he did see time in all situations including the PP. For the third time in his last four games he logged over two minutes on the man advantage, and for the first time this season logged more time on the powerplay then he did on the penalty kill, 2:46 to 1:13. Not sure what this portends for the future but aside from one horrendous turnover he played well. Actually after Nilstorp bailed him out on the turnover he immediately picked up his first point of the season with an assist on Ryder's goal thereby making amends for the mistake seconds earlier.
- The Stars have now scored three goals or more in eight straight games which is tied for second all-time in team history. The record was 11 straight, set between Nov. 21 and Dec. 15, 2001. Their record during this run is 5-3, which leads to the next tidbit....
- Over the last four games, Bachman and Nilstorp have combined for a 4.55 GAA and .813 SV%. Lehtonen himself is 2.12 and .934 for the season. Dare to dream, we may actually be 7-1 during this goal scoring explosion if Kari hadn't missed these last three games.
- Did I just type/say "we" in that last bullet point? Fair to say I think I've been kidnapped as a fan by the Stars. Not a complaint, merely an observation. While I will always bleed the Red and White of my beloved Red Wings, I think it's mixed with a healthy dose of the Green and Gold now too.
- With the loss we now drop to ninth in the Western Conference, one point back of Minnesota(8th) and division rival Phoenix(7th), and two back of another rival, and Saturday's opponent, San Jose.
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