LOS ANGELES- The Streak is Over! The Losing streak that is! The 8 Game Home losing streak to the Los Angeles Kings over the last 4 years has come to an end! The Stars had a 1-0 lead entering period 3, then scored 3 times, 2 by Pavel Datsyuk for a 4-0 lead! The Great “8” Alex Ovechkin , scored with 7 minutes left in the game to break Cory Schneider’s chance at back to back Shutouts on home ice! It was a 4-1 Final with Dallas outshooting the Kings 50-26! Kings Goalie Keith Kincaid played better than the result(9/10 gr’s)&46 saves, but couldn’t stop the Streaking Stars as they win their 8th in a row on Home Ice! Coach Hunter said after the game ” My back sure feels better now that “Donkey Kong” has left me!
TAMPA BAY- Stars fall behind 2-1 in the 1st period but take a 3-2 lead into period 3 on 2nd period tallies by Nick Backstrom & Cam Atkinson! Stars hold 3-2 lead late in period three when with just a minute & a half left, Alex Tanguay ties the score! The clock ticks down & the teams head to Overtime! Nothing gets settled in OT, so we head to the Shootout! Toews Scores! Backstrom- Denied! Sharp- Save! Datsyuk- Scores! It’s tied at one apiece! Jeff Carter- wide! Karlsson to win, dekes ,shoots, denied! Andrew Ladd rolls an 8-Scores! Jarome Iginla, has to score to keep it alive, He dekes, Upstairs,where Grandma hides the Cookie Jar, the Shootout is tied again! Anze Kopitar -sends it wide! 4th line Center Riley Sheahan blows it by Fleury…. Stars Win! Stars Win! The Stars Win a Franchise-Record 9th Straight on Home Ice! Woo!
TORONTO- All good things must come to an end as the “Hamburglur” gets Fried in a 4-1 Leafs Victory! Radim Vrbata & Claude Giroux both scored twice & each had a PP Goal, in shooting down the Stars! Dennis “Check the Linesman” Wideman was the only Star to beat Semyon Varlamov , who stoned Wideman(1-9)on another chance & had Pavel Datsyuk cussing in Russian after a (1-17)point blank shot ended up in Varlie’s glove! Varlamov with 37 saves(7/8 gr’s) was voted the Game’s 1st Star! Rookie Andrew Hammond lost for the 1st time at home in 4 starts, as he was humbled by the Leafs!
CHICAGO- The Blackhawks jumped out to a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes & Coach Dale Hunter was furious with his troops & was seen screaming in the Hallway when they filed off the ice between periods! The ranting & raving worked, as the Stars came out & scored 3 times in the 3rd to send game to Overtime! In OT, a penalty to Alexei Emelin gave the Stars a 4 on 3 PP , but Braden Holtby would not be beat! Another Shootout! John Tavares scores as 1st man up & Erik Karlsson scores as the 3rd shooter to send it to the 4th round! Both Holtby & Schneider would stop the next two shooters & it was the 6th round where 4th liner Curtis Glencross went 5-hole on Schneider ! Coach Hunter had Riley Sheahan, the Hero of the TB shootout left ,but he went with Mike Hoffman! Hoffman dekes, shoots, Kicked aside by Holtby, as the Hawks win 5-4 in the Shootout!
VANCOUVER- After winning 9 straight at home, the SOM Hockey Gods that are in my computer have turned against me, as the Stars lose their 3rd straight at home with the Canucks getting a 3-2 decision! Benoit Pouliot scored with just 9 seconds left in period one for a 1-0 lead & all seemed well for the home team! In the 2nd, the Canucks scored twice while Roberto Luongo (2/3 gr’s in game)seemed to be taking a nap, as the play was mostly at the other end! Loui Eriksson & Cody Eakin did the damage in period two! Vancouver made it 3-1 with just 3 minutes left as Veteran Henrik Sedin found the back of the net! Henrik’s Goal would be the GW, as Jarome Iginla would make things exciting, scoring with just a minute left! Stars pull Goalie but to no avail, as Vancouver skates away a Winner! Canucks pounded Dallas with 10 Intimadation Hits( 2 each by Adam Lowry & Jyrki Jokipakka(who?)