The 11th place Dallas Stars are just 5 points back of the 8th & Final Playoff spot, currently held by the New Jersey Devils! Coach Dale Hunter says “I believe we have a chance,like last year when we didn’t win a home game in regulation until game 14 & then we had a great finish to make the show! Course,we didn’t last long as the Champion Lightning took us out ,but I believe in our guys” We’ve just got to start winning at home & improve that 9-14-2 record at American Airlines Arena.
TAMPA BAY- With a comfortable 1st place lead, the Lightning, who won 2-1 earlier in the season in Dallas, was at the other end of a 2-1 game this time! Rookie Netminder Philipp Grubauer outdueled the Bolts Marc-Andre Fleury by making 39 saves(9/9 gr’s) to earn 1st Star! The “Chairman of the Boards” Brooks Orpik scored in the 1st period & Jerome Iginla scored in the 2nd to lead the Offense! Zdeno Chara(1-5+) scored on the PP in the 3rd for the Bolts lone tally!
NEW JERSEY- Devils score twice in the 1st period, then Brayden Schenn notches his 2nd of the night in period 2 for a 3-0 lead, then they sit back & let the “KING” do the rest ! Stars score twice & get a last card rating by Eric Karlsson ,but Henrik Lundqvist(MVP) says no ratings allowed! The”King” stops 40 shots(9/9 gr’s)! Coach Hunter “We cant catch em, if we cant beat em , that was a heartbreaker”
SAN JOSE- Cory Schneider stops 26 shots(6/6 gr’s)to register his 1st Shutout of the season in a 3-0 score! The Sharks, picked by many(well, Swami anyway)to challenge for the Cup, seemed to have lost their bite, as they sink into the abyss of the GHC Standings! Ryan Kesler scored twice to head the Stars attack!
COLORADO- The Avs Semyon Varlamov & the Stars Cory Schneider almost didnt make it to period two, as both Goalies seen the Red Light turn on behind them 3 times in the opening 20 minutes! The Avs Mike Richards scored twice in that period! Period Two saw Martin St Louis get his 2nd of the day & R.J. Umberger netted one for Dallas! It was 4-4 into the final stanza & Colorado’s Mark Giordano scored on the Power-Play for a 5-4 lead ! Jerome Iginla then tied the score & got another to send Varlamov to the showers, as Dallas led 6-5! A last card rating by Mike Cammalleri somehow found Schneider’s glove as the horn sounded, giving Dallas a 6-5 Victory!
TORONTO- A better defensive effort by the Stars featuring 9 Intimadation Hits helped Cory Schneider to his 2nd Shutout in his last 3 starts! A 25 save(6/6 gr’s) 2-0 score gave the Stars their 1st 3-game winning streak at home this year! Nick Backstrom & Daniel Alfredsson got the Goals for Dallas, as they fired 45 shots at Kari Lehtonen, who kept his Leafs in this contest!