There was a game played tonight.
That’s about as positive as it got for the Dallas Stars early on. After a little over a minute had gone by in the second period, the home team found themselves down 5-0. Good if you’re the road team, one big pile of suck if you’re the home team – which, of course, the Stars were.
It wasn’t the best start for the boys in green. Easily one of the ugliest starts we’ve observed in a while. And that feels like saying a lot considering the games we’ve seen this season.
After a few games of better defensive structure, the Stars sprang a leak tonight. It’s hard to really pinpoint how the goals against occurred – some looked like they should have been saved by the goaltenders for sure, some the blueliners in front of the goaltenders just got outworked or out-positioned, and others you just shook your head at and said to yourself “so it’s that kind of night, eh?”
But before you knew it, Dallas was down with quite a hole to dig themselves out of.
Slowly but surely in the second period, they started the climb. First it was a classic Jason Spezza snipe to the corner. Then came a Radek Faksa hard-earned goal. He nearly got a second one not long after, but Jason Dickinson was there to pounce on the rebound and open space he found himself with and put one more on the board.
A 5-3 score? That feels closer than the 5-0 thrashing they were taking on the chin early on.
Then the Stars started to find themselves in penalty trouble. With the game getting chippy between the two teams, and several hi-sticks traded back and forth, the Stars found themselves killing off 46 seconds of a 5-on-3 (in which they gave up a goal against, of course).
After that, all Nashville had to do was put on a clinical display of defensive structure to shut down any attempts by Dallas to get back into the game in the third period. The Stars didn’t give themselves any help with passes to no one and turnovers in the offensive zone that killed any kind of pressure that could have been sustained.
To put the cherry on top, Nashville managed to score again – and even got Lehtonen to throw his stick against the goal post and break it in frustration. To be honest, that’s the season in one nutshell of a play right there.
We know those feels Kari. We feel them too.