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Game 67: Colorado Avalanche @ Dallas Stars

Sunday, March 14th, 2010 · 2:00 p.m. CDT

American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX

Mile High Hockey || Kings vs Stars coverage

Reminder: I'll be live blogging from the game, so check back often.

1:38pm. Ralph Strangis came through the press box a little while ago. Every time I see him in person I am amazed at the attention his booing voice commands in a room. Love me some Ralphy.

1:54pm. The Avalanche contingent is as strong as ever. Fans of visiting teams are such a large part of the better crowds here at home. See Friday's Los Angeles game for the downside of that effect.

2:07pm. We just finished the famous heinous National Anthem. I'm not feeling any less American.

2:14pm. Lines are looking like this


Eriksson Richards Ott
Morrow Ribeiro Segal
Neal Benn Lehteinen
Barch Modano Petersen

And the Stars have some jump despite losing that hour of sleep.

2:20pm. The Avs score. Hejduk on a wrister from the top of the right circle. Marty might want to see that one again. I don't know..

2:30pm. James Neal makes a spectacular play from his stomach behind the net and gets the puck out to a wide open Jamie Benn. Dallas scores. Steve Ott immediately goes to work mixing it up and being a pest.

END OF THE FIRST PERIOD: The Stars conclude a spirited first period with 14 shots and a tie game. Not too shabby. They're paying more attention to their own end, and somehow getting some nice rushes at the same time.

No power plays yet?

BEGINNING SECOND PERIOD

Stars had an 11-6 edge in the faceoff circle. That's huge and it's something that can a long way toward getting a win today if they can keep it up. Jamie Benn won 4 of his 5 draws in the first.

3:02pm. Delay of game on Colorado to start the second, but a Brad Richards scorcher rings off the post and the Stars are unable, despite good pressure, to convert on the PP.

And now the Stars will be shorthanded.

3:06pm. Trevor Daley's tripping penalty cost the Stars as they're exposed in the middle of the ice by a nice pass and a better shot over Marty's left shoulder by Darcy Tucker. 2-1 Avs.

3:10pm. The goals keep coming. Segal cleans up a loose puck in front and it's 2-2 with 13:10 remaining in the 2nd.

3:14pm. 8 minutes, three goals. It's Segal again on a shot from the top of the circle. 3-2 Stars. 24 shots on goal already.

3:20pm. Brandon Segal fight's too. Unfortunately for him it looks like he's getting an extra two here. Avs on the PP.

3:29pm. Enter Kari Lehtonen.

The Avs tied the game up on the PP and then take the lead on a wrap around try that Marty Turco actually causes to go in by giving the Christ Stewart something to bounce the puck off of from behind the net.

END OF THE SECOND

Brandon Segal scored two goals in the second but then his roughing penalty turned the game around the other way. The Stars penalty killing, combined with what Marc Crawford evidently feels is subpar goaltending have the Stars down a goal heading into the third period.

4:04pm

Of all days to have computer problems...

Anyway, just spoke with Bob Sturm of 1310 The Ticket and he is just as nice as you'd imagine.

Special teams are quickly becoming the story of this game. The Avs have 2 power play goals and the Stars are 0-3.

4:16pm

Make that 0-4 on the PP now. Perhaps the refs have noticed. Steve Ott appeared to be high sticked in the face and there was no call. The Crowd is getting a little testy.

4:18pm.

Kari Lehtonen is not endearing himself to his new fan base at the moment. Stastny unleashed a lazy wrister from the slot that surprised everyone in the building as it was bounced off the back of the cage.

A 3-2 lead is now a 5-3 deficit.

4:34pm

And that's it. What do you think folks? Is that the last nail in the coffin? It's kind of hard to explain away at this point. Even when they play well and dominate territorially, they cannot compete in the most basic of hockey categories like special teams and goaltending. Anderson put on a show, and the Stars goaltenders...did....something else.

It's a bitter pill to swallow right now.