Is there a way that the Dallas Stars can play every game at home from here on out?
Mike Modano scored twice, including the game-winning goal in the third period, to power the Dallas Stars past the Colorado Avalanche in an exciting Friday night game at the AAC. The Avs had dominated the Stars in two games in Denver, but tonight Dallas showed that grit, determination and a relentless forecheck are the perfect counter for youth and speed. The Stars had some lucky bounces go their way - Paul Stastny missed a wide open tip in in the third period - but Alex Auld was solid once again as the Stars buckled down with some solid team-oriented hockey.
Two big stories of the night: First, Mike Modano proved once again that he still has the speed and the scoring touch, with two big goals that don't even begin to show how good he was tonight. Yet as good as Modano was, the combination of Jamie Benn, Steve Ott and Brenden Morrow were even better.
The combination of Ott and Morrow took over this game starting late in the second, with some big scoring chances and even bigger hits, ramping up the energy level in the building and starting a trend for a powerful forecheck that proved too much for Colorado at times. It was a great game for the team's captain, which we haven't seen much this season.
It was another big win for Alex Auld and the Stars, as this team is finally getting consistent goaltending. It's not perfect and it's not flashy, but the consistency and solidarity in goal the past few weeks seemed to have worked wonders for the Stars.
Dallas now sits two points behind Detroit for 8th place in the West, and are mired in a big group of middle-of-the-road teams. But if this team can grab the momentum and actually get some road wins, then perhaps this season won't be as disappointing as it seemed just three weeks ago.
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More to come.