LOS ANGELES- For the 3rd year in a row,the Stars lose their home opener! Kings Star Right-Winger Patrick Kane scored twice inside a minute in the 2nd period(once on the PP) to highlite a 3-1 Win in Texas! Andrei Markov scored the lone Goal for Dallas,while newcomer Alexander Semin had the other Kings Goal! Los Angeles outshot a Datsyuk-less Stars team 42-24! Coach Dale Hunter started ex-King Peter Budaj on a hunch on opening night,but it didn’t pay off! Goalie Cory Schneider wasn’t happy he was shunned in the season opener,but Hunter said ” We’ve got 3 Goalies that want to play,He’ll get his share when I say so” !
ST LOUIS- Carey Price stops 28 shots(7/7 gr’s) in a 4-0 whitewash of the Stars! Rookie Goalie Philipp Grubauer had a good 1st period,stopping 17 of the Blues 42 shots ,but in the 2nd period,St Louis got 2 Goals in the first minute & a half,scores by Rick Nash & Oliver-Ekman Larsson shook up the Rookie! Larsson scored again in the 3rd on the PP& also stole 1st Star honors from his Goalie Price! Colin Wilson scored the other Blues Goal in the 3rd,while Dallas fired blanks! Back to back games where we allowed 42 shots & we’ve scored just once in two games, “I gotta find some offense & defense, We’ll make changes for our next game” screamed Coach Hunter”!
BUFFALO- Pavel Datsyuk & Dennis Wideman, along with disgruntled Goalie Cory Schneider got their 1st starts of the season at home vs the rival Sabres! It was a 2-2 score after 40 minutes, with 4th liner Andrew Shaw having scored both Buffalo Goals ! Sabres Coach Phil Housley was elated at Shaw’s play & of his center Vladimir Sobotka,so he sent them both out on the 3rd line in period three! It would pay off! It was a 2-man wrecking crew in the 3rd,as Youngster Taylor Hall beat Schneider twice & to cap a 5-2 thrashing of the Stars, Andrew Shaw got his 3rd Goal for his 1st GHC HAT TRICK!
MINNESOTA- A “WILD GAME” (pardon the pun) see’s the Stars leading 3-2 entering Period three,but again Cory Schneider wasn’t up to the task ! Veteran Shane Doan tied the game,then the sparse crowd erupted as Pavel Datsyuk scored his 1st of the season to put Stars back on top 4-3 ! It was a short-lived celebration as another veteran Paul Stastny, again tied the game! Then youngster Carl Hagelin buries one by Schneider for a 5-4 lead! In the last minute,with the Goalie pulled,Benoit Pouliot fires a shot……Save by Quick, to send Dallas to their 4th straight loss at home to start the season! Coach Hunter was deeply bothered after the game saying “We finally score some Goals & our Goalie lets us down again with a lousy 3rd period,allowing 3 Goals for the 2nd straight game” !
BOSTON- The Killer B’s almost got 50….Shots,as they buzzed the Dallas net for 23 shots in the 1st period,scoring 4 times to send Peter Budaj to an early shower! Goalie Nick Backstrom came in for his 1st action of the year & seen plenty of rubber as the Zebra’s had it in for the home team,awarding the Bruins 10(ya,ten) Power-Plays for the game! Lucky for us they only scored once,but a 49 shot barrage led to a 6-2 thumping of the falling Stars! Bruins had 6 different Goal Scorer’s to send Dallas to their worst start in history, 5 straight loss’s at home getting outscored 23-9 in this homestand!