It wasn't pretty but in the end it was a good win that left the Stars and the fans with a positive feeling heading into the final preseason game in St. Louis.
A game that was supposed to be a "dress rehearsal" for the Stars turned into a special teams contest and the Stars never seemed to be able to grasp either momentum or a pure offensive attack. Kari Lehtonen kept the Avs off the board, however, until midway through the third period when the Avs took the lead.
It was the Mike Ribeiro-Brenden Morrow-Adam Burish line that ultimately was the difference as the Stars pulled off yet another third period rally. Ribeiro tied the game on the power play and then Adam Burish got the game winner with just under a minute remaining in regulation.
As we wait for Brad's expert, on-site analysis, here are a few quick nuggets from the game:
- Tomas Vincour and Jamie Benn had a very strong game, and Benn and Ott have developed some great chemistry. Vincour likely won't make the team but he's not going to be in the AHL for very long.
- We have finally found a right-hand shot on the wing for Mike Ribeiro. Adam Burish: you now have a job.
- Kari Lehtonen was very impressive once more. I don't know how he looked, but Ralph and Razor were impressed.
- Brad Richards had an uncharacteristically off night.
Update from Brad: Lucky for me, I'm not on a dead line like newspaper writers, and will bring you much more in the morning. It's late. We talked to Coach, Lehtonen, Morrow and Robidas and I'll leave you with a Morrow quote before I work on some stuff for the morning and transcribe 20 minutes worth of audio...
[On the game winner] "I get some ugly ones but that's right up there, that one. It was tipped with the sharp end of the stick on that one."
And I can assure you he was smiling fairly wide when he said this. I love Brenden. More tomorrow.