Marc Crawford let his team have it pretty hard after the Stars third loss in a row at home to open a six game stint at the American Airlines Center. Some said "good," and other said "It's about time!" Fans waited in earnest last year to see the animated coach they had heard so much about over the years but he rarely, if ever, delivered on that.
Who can blame the coach for picking his spots? If you yell at your guys every day, the message gets lost. The spectacle loses it's value. Don Nelson (former Dallas Mavericks coach) used to say he had a "six shooter," and that he could only fire off one of those bullets every so often. I think Marc Crawford is using a similar approach, and maybe last night's 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres proves it was a good time to use it.
The Stars get three days to rest and figure out how they're going to slow down the Penguins who recorded a shutout of their own in Carolina last night.
- Brenden Morrow in particular stepped up his game last night following Crawford's criticisms, says Mike Heika [DMN]
- John Tranchina, who writes most of the dallasstars.com content, writes that Philip Larsen is on the rise and even says "he is soon expected to be with the club full time." Soon is a relative term.
- Tampabay.com looks at what the Brad Richards trade ultimately brought to the Lightning after all the picks and subsequent deals panned out... I don't think they're all that happy.
- Failed Halloween hockey humor.
- Under the category of irony, the Stars have someone else freaking out about their penalty kill. [Buffalonews.com]
- After 10 games the Stars have 12 points and are in 8th place. 4 points away from 1st and 4 points away from 15th.
- Can you imagine Brenden Morrow getting benched for TWO games in a row like Buffalo did to Craig Rivet? [SportningNews]
And finally, it's a shame they cut off 50% of the tremendous effort on the Benn short handed play on the NHL.com highlights... They should have given him two assists for that one.