There are some games where the bounces just do not go your way. The Texas Stars could certainly make that case after their loss in Game 1 on Thursday night.
After an awkward bounce off he boards allowed the Barons to score, a defensive miscue by Matt Fraser was what wound up giving the Barons the lead in the series. Despite the fact that the Stars had mostly outplayed their opponents during the game, they now trail 1-0, and have very little room for error.
With no room for mistakes, Stephen Meserve of 100greehockey expects the Texas Stars to come out tonight firing on all cylinders.
This would be a good time for a rebound performance from the Stars.
"You have to be [desperate]," said Coach Desjardins, referring to the desperation the team drew on in the first series to win their home games. "You don't want to leave here down two and then go into their building where you have to play three."
Two defensive errors left Texas on the wrong end of the scoring on Thursday night in Cedar Park. The 'unforced' play by Fortunus that led to the first goal was just a strange fluke play where the puck came off the glass oddly. That was thanks to the stanchions on the left wing side only being 6 inches apart, the only place in the arena where that is the case. Wathier said postgame he'd not seen a play like that in the CPC before.
The other defensive issue was preventable. Matt Fraser, dogged for his defense all last season, has done much better this season. There is no question that he understands what he did in overtime cost the club the game. Expect a doubling down of his efforts in all aspect of the game tonight. Texas has to hope that the misplay motivates him to perform. If Fraser is clicking, that's all the better.
If you're looking for something fun to do today, there's still time to get your tickets to tonight's game and do a quick road trip down to Austin. Something tells me this will be a game worth watching.
Coming up in today's links: World Championship updates, a weekly grab bag, and the sequel to #sixshadesofdexy.
- Jamie Oleksiak is enjoying his time in the AHL by dominating the competition. Hopefully he'll be doing the same in the NHL soon. [NHL]
- The Allen Americans also play tonight. It is Game 7 of the CHL Finals, so this is thee "big one" as it were. If you're not going to Austin, you better make your way over to Allen to catch this one. [Dallas News]
- Mark Stepneski has your World Championship update, as Canada defeats Belarus. [Stars Inside Edge]
- Here's a list of the Hart trophy finalists. No real surprises on this ballot either, though my vote goes for Tavares. [Stars Inside Edge]
- If you aren't up to date on what's happening in Edmonton, here's the gist of it. They want a new arena. Badly. I've heard elsewhere that they might discuss leaving the town if they don't get it. So when the vote passed for approval, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. Until they realized the vote was tallied wrong. My favorite part is how it's "pretty marginal." [Edmonton Journal]
- In what has become my favortie read each week, Sean McIndoe has his NHL Grab Bag. It's great stuff, as always. [Grantland]
- People are speculating that Vigneault will be fired by the Canucks, and that he could be hired by Dallas. But who would replace him in Vancouver? What if it's Willie Desjardins? [The Province]
- It's time for another Eulogy. This one is for the Minnesota Wild. Feel free to laugh, cry, or cringe to your heart's content. [Puck Daddy]
- Have you missed Hockey Hugs? So have I. Here's a special playoff editions. [Puck Daddy]
- Meanwhile, in the playoffs, things mostly did not go Stars fans' way (I'm guessing), as Boston lost to the Leafs, who have now forced a Game 6 in Toronto. [Puck Daddy]
- The Caps took a 3-2 series lead after scoring the winning goal in overtime. Mike Ribeiro scored the gritty goal to put them on top over the Rangers. It was his first overtime goal since his six shades of sexy in Dallas. [Puck Daddy]
- Some good news (at least for me), is that the Red Wings were able to force a Game 7 with the Ducks. If you didn't watch this game, you missed a pretty good one. [ESPN]
- Unfortunately, the Blues could not do the same, as they allowed a goal with 0.2 seconds left in the 2nd Period that put the Kings on top. The Kings will now face either the Sharks or the Ducks in the next round. [Sports Illustrated]
- For your video of the day, Ali Lucia continues her "Exit Interview" series, this time with Brenden Dillion.