This recap will be brief, because quite honestly what more can be said about today's 3-1 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings that we haven't actually said about the Dallas Stars for much of the 2010-11 season?
Lack of real urgency in their play... Lack of execution... Too many mental lapses... Good play, just not "good enough" play from the Stars. They were (again) out-shot, out-hit, out-chanced offensively. The only thing the Stars did better than the Kings in this contest was miss the net. Stars credited with 21 missed shots while the Kings only had 13.
And therein lies the real issue facing the Stars right now. Maybe at times the goaltending has been a let down; although not very often this season and certainly not in this game as technically Kari Lehtonen wasn't beaten by an actual Kings shot as I'll explain in a moment. Sure the defense at times has been the weakest part of the game for the Stars as well. Lately though the problem is the offense and the fact there has been none.
Brad Richards did pick up a goal in the second period, but it's far too little and far too late at this point. The only bright spots to come out of that is that Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski picked up assists so at least their hard work is being rewarded.
No offense Stars, but your offense - as Kings and Predators fans would probably gleefully shout - sucks, and it's the reason the Stars are now all but officially out of the playoff race.
- The DBD post game question: There is a feeling that the Stars "best players" have not been their "best players" has been one of the biggest issues in the last month... Who is the biggest guilty party for the Stars in your mind? I'll refrain from comment on that myself, but safe to say it's the same players we've been looking to for the past few weeks and have seen nothing from.
- As mentioned Kari technically was never beat by an actual Kings shot. Goal one was allowed after a goal mouth scramble that deflected into the crease and then swiped into the net by accident by Mark Fistric as he tried to clear it away. Goal number 2 was a deflection off the skate of a freshly high sticked Goligoski. had Goose been actually able to see the play and the puck shot towards him, a simple lifting of the leg would have seen the shot go harmlessly wide. Goal three of course was an empty netter.
- For once the refs put their whistles away and let the players decide the game. Of course from a Stars fan point of view, that may be seen as a bad thing as it did feel like the Kings got away with a lot more cheap play (the previously mentioned high stick of Goligoski being one example) but as a fan I actually liked the officiating in today's game.