WINNIPEG- The newly-relocated Winnipeg Jets, who left the desert for a cold spot in Manitoba, erased the Stars lead twice, to pull off a 3-2 Win at American Airlines Arena! Josh Bailey staked Dallas to a 1-0 lead in the 1st period, but the Jets Bobby Ryan answered that! Stars again take lead in period two, as Ryan Kesler bangs in a rebound, but again the Jets reply, as Veteran Jason Spezza ties it up at two! Just 29 seconds into period three, the Jets Captain “The Big Pavelski” scores what proves to be the Game-Winner, as Cam Ward slams the door shut, stopping 36 shots(5/7 gr’s) in picking up 2nd Star of the game!
VANCOUVER- Coach Dale Hunter wanted a little more toughness in the line-up as Vancouver had both Zach Kassian & Derek Dorsett dressed for this contest! Youngster Tom Wilson was inserted onto the 4th line in case of any fireworks by the visitors! The fireworks came off the stick of Nick Backstrom, who scored twice in the 1st period for a 2-0 lead for the Stars! In the 2nd, Vancouver sandwiched Goals by Loui Eriksson & David Krejci around a Ryan Kesler score to trail 3-2 heading to period three! Pavel Datsyuk restored 2 Goal lead in 3rd, but it didn’t last long. Daniel Sedin scores with just over 2 minutes left & its a one Goal game again. T. J. Brodie takes a late tripping call, but Dallas wins the draw & runs out the Clock! Stars outhit Vancouver 9-2 in game, led by Tom Wilson’s two Bone-Crushing Hits on the youngster Alex Galchenyuk! There was no response from Dorsett, but he did take down that number for future references!
MINNESOTA- R U Kidding Me! An unbelievable performance by the Wild’s Jonathan Quick, in what could be a Dallas Record that we are NOT proud of! Sir Jonathan stops 51( that’s Fifty-one)Shots(8/8 gr’s) in a 3-0 Shutout over the misfiring Stars! I believe thats the most shots I’ve ever had in getting skunked! Kinda knew I was in trouble when Quick stopped J. T. Miller on a 1-19(20)! Quick survived 5 Dallas Power-Plays & all that rubber thrown at him! Rookie Mark Stone, Veteran Henrik Zetterberg, & James Wisniewski scored for the Wild! Wisniewski & partner Hampus Lindholm were on the ice (+3)for all the Wilds Goals! Coach Dale Hunter “Don’t ever remember a game where we got 50 shots & couldn’t score” Kiss my %#&@ :
NEW YORK- The Isle led 2-0 early in period two on Goals by Gus Nyqvist & Mike Fisher & the Stars were wondering if they would ever score again after last game! The Captain, Erik Karlsson, put that to rest as he beat Devan Dubynk to cut lead in half! Cam Atkinson sniped one & we headed to period 3 tied at 2 apiece! Mike Fisher would get his 2nd of the game & the Islanders led 3-2 late in period three! With just under two minutes left, Mike Hoffman was all alone in the slot & he blasted one by Dubynk at 18:03 to tie game & send it to Overtime! A penalty to Datsyuk was fought off in OT, as the teams headed to a Shootout! Pavel atoned his penalty in the Overtime by Scoring the GDG in the Shootout giving Dallas a 4-3 Win. Woo!
BOSTON- Petr Mrazek, a 2nd round (23rd overall)Rookie Draft pick this year, got his 1st GHC start in his career & stops 34 shots(3/4 gr’s) in a 3-2 Stars Win! The Bruins left muttering to themselves about the “Hasek-Like” saves made by Mrazek, as he flashed the leather on Jamie Benn(1-13), Mats Zuccarello(1-10), & Kyle Brodziak(1-6) to get 2nd Star of the game! 1st Star Brad Marchand got the GW Goal in the 3rd period, breaking a 2-2 tie, & also assisted on Nick Backstrom’s 2nd period Goal! The B’s scored both their Goals on the Power-Play, as Corey Perry & Tyler Toffoli lit the lamp behind the Rookie! The Line of Marchand,Backstrom, & Tom Wilson were a +2 vs the B’s Top Line of Jamie Benn,Steven Weiss, & Corey Perry! Coach Hunter liked the play of hard-hitting youngster Tom Wilson on B’s Star Jamie Benn saying ” He (Wilson)was just enough of a thorn in Benn’s side to take him off his game”