The Stars win their third in a row for the first time this season and go on a bonafide actual streak. It’s a Christmas miracle.
1. Well, this continues to be an issue
Klingberg, Spezza and Seguin all spent 7+ minutes on the power play tonight. It's almost unfathomable that they couldn't score.— Robert Tiffin (@RobertTiffin) December 30, 2016
So let’s get the negative nelly tweet out of the way first. Don’t look now, but we still can’t score on the man advantage. On the six man advantage opportunities the Stars had tonight, they scored on a whopping zero of them. Now, the Avalanche didn’t score on their four opportunities either, but I think we can all agree we’re a better team than the Avalanche and should probably be scoring on at least some of them.
So what seems to be the issue?
The Stars' power play is so bad for the exact reason they're so good at 5v5 - would rather create chaos than be structured.— Carolyn Wilke (@Classlicity) December 30, 2016
This is actually very true. The Stars play high event, scrambly hockey games. They thrive in chaos. The structure of a power play system stifles their creativity and speed, and has never played to their strengths.
Still, not even one? Out of SIX?
2. Don’t call this an accident
The tweet calls this careless, but it’s more than that. Because here’s the thing: yes, Kari Lehtonen did change position after Jarome Iginla turned around. But he’s still in his crease, and the onus is entirely on Iginla to be aware of his surroundings and not bowl the goaltender over. Lehtonen left the game after this and did not return.
Lindy Ruff updated media afterwards and said that he was pulled for concussion protocols and is fine, but that’s still a reckless, dangerous play.
3. Tim Peel called it a crosscheck, who am I to disagree
@merrinish I have been falsely accused of an abomination I could never commit. You know my heart, dearest Annabelle.— LarriJo (@LarriJo) December 30, 2016
A surviving letter from the files of Maj Eaves to his wife, Annabelle, on the evening of his 700th point against the enemy:
Dearest Annabelle, please do not speak of this to the children, but tonight I spent time in the stocks for a crime I could not have committed. Or had I done so, it was grave error on my part. Still, you would be proud of the men. Despite my deficit, they stood firm. I received word from the general that I am to be honored, I have struck significant blows to the enemy. I fight in your honor, for our children’s futures.
Note: Seguin has taken over as goal leader, as is rightfully his place, but Eaves still leads in goals on home ice, if you’d like to split hairs.
4. That’s what I call demoralized
the Avs had four shot attempts the rest of the game after their second goal. In 12 minutes.— Brad Gardner (@bradgardnerDBD) December 30, 2016
You know, you’d expect a different thing to have happened here. Only one goal down, you’d expect the Avalanche to try HARDER to score, not only get four shot attempts in the last twelve minutes of the game. That includes, by the way, the almost two minutes they had their goalie pulled, which is also incidentally where Tyler Seguin got his second of the night.
Anyway, score effect would normally trend the opposite direction, with the Avalanche pressing harder to score. But, y’all, the Avalanche are just not great this season.
Nothing more entertaining than a Canadian gold medalist and Lou Marsh award winner showing support to one of our players. Even more fun when it’s Jamie Oleksiak’s little sister, Penny.
And no, Penny, his other sweet goal wasn’t a one time thing. He’s actually the top defensive scorer at this time.
Maybe we should give him a shot at forward?
6. Don’t look now but
Y'all.— DefendingBigD (@DefendingBigD) December 30, 2016
The Stars have their first win "streak" of the season. pic.twitter.com/udqkr4P7dP
We’ve still got Florida on the 31st. If we win, we go out with a bang no matter what. I was going to do an “if we lose” scenario but you know what? Nah. I’m gonna think positive.