If there was one word to describe last night's game, "disappointing" would be it.
For the first time in a long time, the Dallas Stars did not take home at least a point when leading after two periods. What's worse is the way that they seemed to collapse in the third after having such an incredible middle frame. When a team manages to put up over 20 shots in a single period, and has a two goal edge on their opponent, the last thing anyone would expect is for them to give up three goals and lose in regulation.
Not without them underperforming and not giving the same effort they did earlier in the game, anyways.
Part of the problem is the same issue that fans have seen all season -- defense in front of the net. Whenever the Stars start to scramble in their own end, they tend to forget their coverage on this area of the ice, and it allows for easy goals or juicy rebounds. Glen Gulutzan spoke with the media, and agreed they they have a lot of issues that need to be worked out.
"It's very disappointing, very disappointing that we didn't come out with two points here," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.
Sunday's loss marked the first time in a long time the Stars hadn't picked up at least one point when leading after two periods. They were 71-0-8 in their last 79 games when up after 40 minutes. The last time they had not picked up at least a point was October 31, 2009 vs. Nashville. Add February 15, 2013 to the list.
"It's tough to swallow when you're going into the third period winning by two goals," said Stars forward Reilly Smith.
The Flames scored twice early in the third to tie the game. Roman Horak scored off a rebound that bounced off Stars defenseman Rome. Just 45 seconds later Lee Stepniak set up a wide-open Matt Stajan, who scored from close range. Then, with 9:30 left in the game, Steve Begin scored off the rebound of a Chris Butler shot to give the Flames a 4-3 lead that would hold up for the rest of the game.
"It's disappointing," said Gulutzan. "We needed to be stronger in front of our net."
With the schedule providing three straight days of practice, the Stars will get a chance to work on some key issues on the ice. In the mean time, the only choice they'll have is to watch some of the other teams playing this week to pass them in the standings.
Hopefully, when they face Vancouver on Thursday, they'll be prepared to finish the game strong, and play for a full sixty minutes. If they don't, it is likely that the result of that game ight be even worse than the one from last night.
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- Benden Dillon recently sat down with a news reporter from Seattle to talk about his time up in the NHL. Having played for the T-Birds up there, that area has a bit of a soft spot for him. [King5]
- Wade MacLeod suffered a seizure on the ice during an AHL game yesterday. He's in the hospital, but in stable condition after the incident. We wish him well. [Puck Daddy]
- The NCAA played some outdoor hockey this weekend at Soldier Field. Since we didn't get to enjoy the Winter Classic this year, we might as well enjoy these photos. [Globe And Mail]
- After 14 games, some people want to know who the sharks are. I guess 7-4-3 is a record that some teams just aren't happy with. [Puck Daddy]
- At least the Blackhawks were able to defeat the Kings in regulation last night. Any help the Stars can get in the standings, I think they'll take after a loss like last night's. [Globe And Mail]
- Today's video of the day is a nice looking shootout goal. Alexsander Barkov skates in backwards in order to slip one by the goalie.