Well. That could have gone better.
But it could have gone worse.
Being down 4 goals to none halfway through a playoff hockey game is often a cue for a team to start a few fights, make a statement, and start preparing for the next game. The Stars certainly made a statement, but it wasn't "Watch out for us next game." It was "Watch out for us right now."
The Stars were shaky in the first period. Not that I watched it, but that's what the scoreboard told me when I joined the broadcast. They were shaky to begin the second period, and I did watch that. But at some point during that period they found their legs and made things interesting.
Anyway, looking on the bright side, the Stars haven't lost home-ice advantage, as they never had that to begin with. Consider this one a warmup match. Easing into this novel concept of 'playoff hockey.' Friday's gonna be fun.
Oh, and on another note, how 'bout Frederik Andersen starting in goal for the Ducks? He didn't really look like a rookie out there. I mean, that move to knock the net off its moorings with less than a minute remaining, and while under some serious pressure from the Stars, without taking a delay-of-game penalty? That's some serious veteran savvy right there...
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And the recap from the enemy. "Ducks Survive Comeback" [Anaheim Calling]
Stephane Robidas the Spy. [Sports Day DFW]
All these regular season features that I thought were finished. But they're not. Josh Bogorad looks back on the Stars' game last week against the Blues. Yes, let's savor that one. [On the Radar]
One set of playoff predictions that I missed? Those of JR Lind and Obscene Alex. I know, I know. I had one job. [III Communication]
And Obscene Alex's [Redacted] thoughts of the Stars and the playoffs: "...everything the Stars do from here is just icing. You see, the Stars have exceeded everyone's expectations. They have nothing to lose and that's what makes them dangerous." [III Communication]
Oh 'Lumbus... You were ahead by two goals! [NHL.com]
First overtime game of this year's playoffs, and the Canadiens wrest home-ice advantage away from the Lightning. [NHL.com]
Ryan Getzlaf, after already blocking two shots in the game that left him limping off the ice, decided to save his ankles and instead block a Tyler Seguin shot with his face. He'll be back in Game 2 though, because this is hockey. [Puck Daddy]
Anybody in need of a second team to follow in the playoffs? The Capitals bloggers have compiled a guide to bandwagonning this postseason. You know, seeing as Washington failed to make the playoffs. [Japers' Rink]
Down Goes Brown makes his playoff predictions. And yes. He picks the Stars. [Grantland]
And lastly, videos of the best plays of the season? Why, yes please. [NHL.com]