Lets put to rest any controversy over the Caps disallowed goal with 7.6 seconds left in the game. Clearly Karlis Skrastins in an effort to get back to cover the front of the net did most of the crashing into Raycroft which plowed both of them into the goal. If Alexander Ovechkin pushed at the back of Skrastins at all could not have put in too much force into is as Karlis was crashing in no matter if Ovechkin was there or not. I believe the key in having the goal waved off is two-fold: Ovechkin was smack dab in the middle of the goal crease and there would have been no way for Raycroft to move into position to make a save. Because referees are always going to rule in favor of protecting the goalie's right to make a save even if Ovechkin had nothing to do with Skrastins taking out his own goalie - which we really don't think he did - he's still in the middle of a very chaotic scene in the crease and that makes him look guilty.
If "goalie interference" was a reviewable play, then maybe the no-goal call is overturned. It's not however and in that situation I think the official was right to call off the apparent goal.
- What was with the bouncing pucks? I don't think I've ever seen so many 'blown' scoring chances for both sides in a game in a long time and it was blown chances by guys who know what do with a puck like Alexander Ovechkin and Loui Eriksson and Alexander Semin. Between that and Matt Niskanen cracking glass with his shot in the third period, it was a strange night in that respect.
- Some streaking numbers and dates to throw at you all: First, the Stars become only the eighth team in the NHL this season to have a win streak of five or more games. (Thrashers, Penguins, Caps, Ducks, Kings, Flyers and Canucks are the others) The Stars are 7-0-1 over the last eight home games. This is the first time the team has recorded at least one point at home in eight-straight games since Dallas had points in eight-straight home games from Dec. 31, 2008 to Feb. 8, 2009. The Stars are undefeated at 8 and 0 when leading after two periods. Finally, Washington has not won a regulation game in Dallas since Oct. 17, 1995.
- We'll just 'assume' that Segal totally meant to take that kind of shot and knew what he was doing all along ok? He had a nice hard working game and has been playing better as of late so it was nice to see him be rewarded.
- Ribs has a five game point streak now and four goals in his last eight games. Brenden Morrow, James Neal and Brad Richards as always also had very strong games and they all picked up assists tonight.
- There was a thought by some - and I was one of them - that felt starting Raycroft in goal tonight was perhaps Marc Crawford's way of getting the defense to play tougher in front of their goal like they had in the previous Raycroft starts. While that didn't exactly happen tonight, they were again pretty good as a unit in at least doing enough to disrupt second and third chances on goal after initial shots. I thought Jeff Woywitka and Stephane Robidas (of course) were particularly strong in this regard.
- Raycroft now has a .949 save percentage and is 3-1-0 this season. Just like Kari had earlier, I think Stars fans can worry less about how Andrew will play this season as a backup as he's proven himself to be quite dependable right now in that role.