They allowed Nashville to put up four goals on them in the second period after trailing only 1-0 at the end of 20 minutes. I’m not going to bother walking through exactly what went wrong tonight - nobody on Dallas really looked great for the most part.
Ben Bishop allowed one goal that maybe he could have had on any other given night. He was also hung out to dry by the team in front of him, and after giving up goal three on the evening, he traded places with Kari Lehtonen. Lehtonen also allowed a couple of goals.
Special teams sprung a massive leak, allowing a power play goal and a shorthanded goal. The power play didn’t do anything for Dallas tonight, who find themselves on a cold streak when it comes to the man advantage of late (something like 1-for-27 now).
Nashville was completely ready for the Dallas attack, and the Stars struggled to adjust throughout the game. The dump/chip and chase style was met with several Predators players stacked up on the blueline, and the Stars didn’t get many chances to get any kind of cycle really established.
Tonight’s game was referred to as a measuring stick game for the Stars by head coach Ken Hitchcock, and what we learned tonight was that they have a long way to go to hang with the top guns in the Central Division. They’ll need to regroup and see if they can take some points off of a sliding St. Louis Blues squad on Thursday, as the schedule isn’t going to give them much time to figure out ways to take points of their divisional mates.
What they can do is take the third period as a jumping off point for their next game. The Stars won the third period, eventually finding a way to put two past Juuse Saros finally in the last frame of the contest (even if one was a Jamie Oleksiak shot that hit the back of Anthony Bitetto’s skate and deflected in for a goal of the fluke variety.) If the Stars can take that period and burn the rest of the game, maybe we’ll see them pull out a win versus the Blues and get back on track.