Or as Razor calls it in this blog entry, "Perspectivating."
And his conclusion? Well I usually hate quoting this much of a blog entry, but since he got into the one-sentence paragraph trend at the end, I am making an exception.
They were tied entering third periods in both losses against good, motivated teams in difficult buildings.
They throttled a top team at every position in D.C.
They bonded a little tighter as a group with some precious downtime on the road.
The Fiddler - Dvorak - Nystrom line continued to be a shining, 'pacey' example.
And, as stated in the beginning, they picked up 4 of 8 available points on the swing.
It might not have felt like it as they strolled out of odorous Joe Louis Arena but it was in fact "a good trip".
Well said, Razor.
After the jump, a light-news day in Stars world with no practice, some nice profiles of the two former Stars who enter the Hockey Hall of Fame today and the Bruins make me tear up and burst into laughter in the same video clip.
- Mike Heika examines the Stars backup goalie situation this far, focusing on how they have chosen to utilize Andrew Raycroft. [DallasNews.com]
- The first of two very nice ESPN.com profiles. The first one is on Eddie Belfour, who is so hard to get a handle on that he actually declined to speak with Scott Burnside for the profile. But it still captures both the talent and the edge he had that made him so great. [ESPN.com]
- And here's Pierre LeBrun's story on Joe Nieuwendyk. Honestly, I learned a lot less new about Nieuwy than I did about Belfour - I guess that's what happens when you have to rely on everybody else for anecdotes. [ESPN.com]
- A look at some of the tactical flaws that may have been revealed by the end of the most recent road trip. Now, there's a lot of focus on shots against, and we've heard Glen Gulutzan say over and over again raw shot total doesn't bother him if the dangerous shots aren't a big deal. But there is some nice thought put into the discrepancy in possession that the shots show. [The Hockey Writers]
- Tweet of the Day: Alex Goligoski managed to make me feel both young and old in less than 140 characters on Sunday night. [@golllygoose33]
- Meet the enemy: The Florida Panthers might not have won Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but they continued to prove they're a very scrappy team that's not to be taken lightly. [Litter Box Cats]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Anaheim Ducks have not yet managed to win a game where they allowed the first goal, including Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Uh, they should work on that. [Yahoo]
- First, the tragic hockey news of the day. A youth hockey player has died after blocking a shot with his neck. Given the close calls in the NHL with Trent McCreary and Mike Ribeiro in recent years, I'm kind of amazed there aren't more injuries of this nature. [Edmonton Journal]
- And in the uplifting category, the Boston Bruins arranged for a service member on leave from the Middle East to surprise his parents before a game. Also, a newsflash, Zdeno Chara is freaking huge. The mom only comes up to his elbow. [Puck Daddy]
- Without practice, there's no new video from Stars world. So I bring you amusing "when AHL players go crazy" video featuring Columbus Blue Jackets minor-leaguer Dane Byers.