"That was a good old fashioned [expletive] is what that was." [Sports Day DFW]
So said Lindy Ruff after last night's drubbing at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks. And the man has a point. Let's just say it was not ideal.
The Stars took on a Blackhawks team missing their starting goaltender. A team that has also been without its original backup keeper for some time now, meaning the guy starting in net began the season with Rockford of the AHL. Of course, the Hawks could have started their equipment manager in goal for all the pressure the Stars were able to generate through the first half of the game.
Now, the overall stats might wind up being a bit misleading. But take a close look at the chart here, and it turns out the majority of the Stars offense didn't occur until after they'd already spotted the Hawks a 5-0 lead. Not exactly how you would script a matchup against division rivals and defending Cup champions. Shame too, as going into yesterday's game the Stars were beginning to generate some buzz. ESPN Power Rankings had the Stars as high as 13, and some Chicago bloggers were beginning to talk of the Stars as the Hawks' newest rival. Last night's rout may have changed some of those opinions...
Or maybe it was just an off night. Who knows? We'll have to wait until the end of March for the rematch.
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Game notes as well. Why not? [Stars Inside Edge]
Here's the replay of Mike Heika's weekly chat from yesterday. [Sports Day DFW]
So I've been wondering about that incident between Zac Rinaldo and Antoine Roussel at the beginning of the game against the Flyers. I'm still wondering though, as apparently Roussel doesn't even know what it was all about. [Sports Day DFW]
Other NHL teams played hockey last night. It wasn't just the Stars! Here are 'NHL Capsules,' just in case you want to catch up. [The Kansas City Star]
Fancy stats! Or rather, a discussion about fancy stats and their use, without any actual fancy stats. [The Washington Post]