Phoenix- King Kong just fell off Coach Dale Hunter’s back,as the Stars win their 1st Home game of the season 5-2! The Stars,who were outscored 23-9 in losing their 1st 5 home games had the Zebra’s on their side! It was a 1-1 game into the 3rd period, when the Coyotes started a parade to the penalty box! Two PP Goals by Dallas & 4 straight scores,two by Brad Marchand (one on the PP)doubled their total of PP Goals scored thru 1st 5 home games(one). Joe Pavelski added a late PPG to account for the Final score.
Chicago- An injury-ridden Hawks team,without snipers Steven Stamkos,John Tavares, & Logan Couture were not needed,as Braden Holtby stops 39 shots(6/6 gr’s) in a 2-1 Win! Blackhawk penalty-killing was superb in fighting off 4 Power-Plays, while Jakub Voracek scored on the PP to tie game, after Erik Karlsson had scored on a Breakaway for Dallas! All the scoring was done in period two, as former Islander Brad Richards got the Game-Winning Goal!
New York- Cam Fowler & Erik Karlsson exchanged Goals in the 1st period, then the Islanders dominated the second period outshooting Dallas 17-3,but they couldn’t score on Peter Budaj! a 1-1 game into the 3rd & R. J. Umberger rips a 36 footer(snake eyes 1-12 outside) by rookie netminder Alex Stalock to give Stars a 2-1 lead! With time winding down, Ryan Kesler took his 3rd trip to the penalty box,this time alone,as with the other two trips he had taken sniper Alex Steen with him. The Stars needed a kill & they got it, as the horn sounded,giving Dallas their 2nd home Win on the season. Peter Budaj,in perhaps his best performance in a Stars uniform,stopped 42 shots & (7/8 gr’s).
Philadelphia- The Stars forwards were blanked again,as Corey Crawford stops 32 shots in a 3-1 Win! Erik Karlsson scored the lone Dallas Goal,the 3rd straight game he has scored! The Stars only have 4 Goals in last 3 home games & 3 were by their Star Defenseman Karlsson. Umberger,who had the winner vs the Isle is the lone Forward to score in those three games! 3rd Star Drew Doughty got the GW Goal for Philly,while Jeff Skinner & Matt Read had the other markers! Flyer Defenseman Mark Stuart,also good on face-offs(ha),led all players with 4 Intimadation Hits,sending the Stars to their 7th loss in 9 games at home!
New Jersey- The Devil’s get out to a 2-0 lead midway thru the 2nd period on Goals by youngster Jonathan Huberdeau in the 1st period & Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr in the 2nd! Cam Atkinson cut lead in half with his 1st home score of the season,then in the 3rd, Stars tie game with a PPG by R. J. Umberger! Two Dallas forwards had scored for the 1st time in four home games & the crowd was a buzz! The clock runs out & were headed to Overtime! Just 20 seconds left till a shootout,when Stars Erik Karlsson slips a pass across the ice & Brad Marchand one-times it by Lundqvist for a 3-2 OT Win! Stars Goalie Cory Schneider got his 1st home Win of the season after 4 losses!