But coach Glen Gulutzan said it should also put pressure on the players because they saw how good they can be when emotionally engaged.
That's something Stars fans have seen often this season. When the Stars check into a game, they can play some great hockey, even if that ends in a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings and not a 4-2 win over Boston.
When they're just kind of playing, however, they can easily lose 4-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Gulutzan seems to be hoping that Saturday's game proved that to the players in a way that no amount of lecturing could.
``Right from our faceoffs, you look at how Ott and Ribby and Fiddler took faceoffs in that game, to our physicality, to our hits, to our power play, to shooting the puck, everything was the way it was supposed to be,'' Gulutzan said. ``Now the pressure is on them, because they've shown they can do it.''
Is that fair to the Stars? Is that a cop-out from the coaching staff on who has to provide the motivation? Honestly, it is fair, and it's not a cop-out. While good coaches find subtle ways to push the right buttons, they can't skate out on the ice. The players, eventually, have to provide the majority of the motivation. So can the Stars do that against Detroit on Tuesday.
``They've got another top level team, arguably the best team in the West, coming in here, and the pressure is on them,'' Gulutzan said. ``That's what I told them this morning. They've got to gear up and get ready to go. These types of games make you better, and hopefully we learned a little from the Boston game and we can carry that into the Detroit game.''
After the jump, more on tonight's game against the Detroit Red Wings, Jake Dowell makes a great gesture to a kid in a terrible spot and a surprising hero for the Winter Classic.
- Sibling rivalry is a wonderful thing, and from the quote Jamie Benn gave about growing up with older brother Jordie Benn in this paywalled article, I can only imagine what life was like with those two. [DallasNews.com]
- There is apparently something about Swedes and guitar playing. In this fun little feature about the guys on the team who dabble in music, I learned that Fabian Brunnstrom actually went to music school. So many jokes to be made about that... [DallasStars.com]
- Jack Jablonski is a 16 year old hockey player from Minnesota who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a game on Friday. But Stars foward Jake Dowell, who is from Wisconsin, heard about his story and left him some good thoughts on the online journal his family has set up. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
- By the way, if you want to visit his CaringBridge site and leave your own good thoughts, it's here. [CaringBridge]
- Former Stars enforcer Krys Barch will talk with the NHL today about the alleged racial taunt that got the Florida Panthers forward tossed from the game against the Montreal Canadiens. [ProHockeyTalk]
- Stars defenseman Trevor Daley knows a thing or two about racial taunts after dealing with them from his general manager in junior hockey. And as Barch's former teammate, he was asked about the incident on Monday. [DallasNews.com]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: A former Star and a sworn enemy of goalies will be out for the Red Wings tonight. Mighty mite Chris Conner was sent to the AHL after being taken off of injured reserve, and Tomas Holmstrom did not make the trip to Dallas. I'm sure Kari Lehtonen mourns his absence. [MLive.com]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: Anything else you want to know about the Red Wings as they were on Monday, and I mean anything, can probably be found in this blog. [Kukla's Korner]
- Around the Pacific Division: It was three-point game night in the Pacific Division. Of course it was. The San Jose Sharks came out on the winning end of that equation with a 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks while the Los Angeles Kings couldn't win the skills competition in a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. [NHL/NHL]
- Okay, time to be honest. No one had Mike Rupp as the hero for the New York Rangers in their Winter Classic win over the Philadelphia Flyers, right? I mean, a lot of it had to to with Sergei Bobrovsky's interesting angles, but still. Mike Rupp. [Puck Daddy]
- The post-practice stars were obviously the brothers Benn, and Jamie is shown below because he had more personality than his brother, which is something I didn't expect from their respective Twitter feeds. But if anyone is interested in making my day, watch the Jordie Benn interview and try to make out the chatter in the background. From the tone of the voice, I think it's Steve Ott with some playful opinions about the Benn boys.