Down in Austin, both teams came out swinging last night, as there were plenty of shots but not enough goals to go around. While most predicted this series to be more of a high scoring affair, game 1 did not fit the mold, as the Texas Stars lost in overtime 2-1.
Mark Stepneski has his game recap here, talking about how tough this series is going to be.
"It was a pretty tight game all the way through. I don't think either team got very much the whole game," said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. "They're a good hockey team. They showed why they went into Charlotte and won on the road and why they had so many wins down the stretch."
"It's going to be tight the whole series and we need to respect those high skilled players," said Texas forward Francis Wathier. "We can't give them time and space. One mistake in our zone in OT and it cost us the game."
The Stars will regroup and play again on Saturday. If you have nothing to do, make sure you take a road trip down to Austin, and go support the team. After all, they are the future of the Dallas Stars, and seeing some of those players in action is fun to watch.
Coming up in today's links: Observations on the Stars, a eulogy for the ages, and elimination games do not bode well for those trailing in the series.
- Antoine Roussel led team France in a huge upset over the Russians yesterday. Makr Stepneski has the game highlight reel (with maybe the most awkward announcer ever), and a post game video from Rous. [Stars Inside Edge]
- Team Canada defeated Team Sweden by a score of 3-0. All Stars were off the scoreboard, but the defensemen's stats are looking good so far this tournament. [Stars Inside Edge]
- Mike Heika has some observations on what the Stars are going to do regarding the head coaching position. [Dallas News]
- Todd Maternowski takes a look at the new Stars GM, and is unsure how to feel about him just yet. [Thursday Morning Cupcheck]
- Across the NHL, Puck Daddy is having their annual eulogies. I will link each one of them I find, but what better way to start them off than with the Vancouver Canucks? And what better writer than Megaladon from Battle Of Cali? [Puck Daddy]
- Here's a great piece on the "Battle of Ontario." There used to be a giant rivalry between the Leafs and the Sens, due to them seeing each other in the playoffs year after year. And the Leafs would always come out on top. Sound like any other rivalry of old, Stars fans? [Grantland]
- Across the NHL playoffs, the Penguins won a pivotal game 5 against the Islanders. And they won exactly the way everyont though they would win each game in this series -- in commanding fashion. [Sports Illustrated]
- The Senators, meanwhile, have defeated the Habs in five games. They are now set to face the Penguins in the next round (assuming, of course, the Penguins win their own). [Puck Daddy]
- And the Blackhawks chose not to play with their food, also eliminating the Minnesota Wild in five games. It was a good try by the Wild, but the Blackhawks proved to be too much for them. [Puck Daddy]
- If you're keeping track, so far in the NHL playoffs, that make three elimination games, and three teams eliminated. That's not a good trend if you're wanting to see a lot of game 7s. There are another three elimination games tonight, though, as Boston, Anaheim, and Los Angeles all look to advance to the next round. There should be some pretty good hockey on TV tonight, to say the least.
- For your video of the day, Ali Lucia caught up with Stephane Robidas before he left for the World Championships.