They could have chalked this one up to an automatic loss. Playing the best in the west after such a traumatic night last night. Nobody would have blamed them.
But they didn't.
They fought. They rallied from a goal deficit and hung on under pressure in the end of third period. And they found a way to not only come out with a single point, but they took two major points out of St. Louis.
Unbelievable win tonight. It wasn't pretty necessarily, but it was glorious. Who better to lead this team than the captain Jamie Benn.
Give the Stars a lot of credit, they came out ready to play in the first period. They were skating well, and up to the challenge of the game after quite an emotional night. A few penalties were called on Dallas of the "safety" variety -- hooking on Kevin Connauton and a boarding call on Ryan Garbutt. They'd give up the first goal of the game, which in and of itself is becoming something of a troubling trend here recently, to Alex Pietrangelo. Chris Mueller didn't get the trailing guy on the wing soon enough and Pietrangelo roofed it over Tim Thomas
Dallas showed their "never give up" attitude when they got a late power play and was able to capitalize on it to tie the game up less than a minute before the first 20 minutes were done. It was another one where it never hurts to go to the front of the net, as Colton Sceviour slipped one past Ryan Miller. All that guy does is score when he's up at this level!
The second frame was not nearly as kind to the Stars. They were doubled up in shots on goal, registering a mere five shots on goal as opposed to eleven by the Blues. The Stars came close on a shot that rang off the crossbar, but like seems to be the case here lately, it just didn't fall the way of the Stars. Thomas came up with quite a strong showing and kept the Stars in the period. Each team had a chance on the man advantage, but neither converted.
On the road, playing after last night, a tie game after the second was a perfect place to be.
After surviving a four-on-four to start the period, the Stars really started to get their legs moving. It led to a semi break-away on Ryan Miller that beat him five hole on a delayed penalty call. They would give up the lead when Thomas was completely screened and Roman Polak's shot went right over him.
The Blues style of defense is suffocating. They often had two guys on the Dallas puck carrier through the neutral zone
Did you know? Dallas had lost eight straight overtime/shootouts. Tyler Seguin almost had his 30th goal of the season early in the overtime with a very nice look on Miller, but he was denied. Not to be outshown by his linemate, Jamie Benn would end it with a phenomenal wrist shot.
Other thoughts on tonight's game...
- Alex Goligoski had another great night, scoring on the opening power play goal and drawing a penalty in the second period. He's on a five game points streak after picking up that assist tonight.
- Antoine Roussel has three goals in has last ten games. He played a good game tonight, walking that line nicely.
- Tim Thomas' style reminds me a bit of Marty Turco. He made the saves but sometimes in a more dramatic fashion than I am used to. It's different from Kari Lehtonen's normal technical positional styling.
- I like points from the blueline. Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski both contributed tonight, Daley's on the overtime goal.