TAMPA BAY- The young guns from Florida hand Dallas their 2nd straight home loss in a 3-1 Win! The Stars spent a lot of time in their own zone, as the Lightning fired 48 shots(13 gr’s)at the veteran goaltender Cory Schneider! Cory made point blank stops on Patrick Eaves(1-8) & Richard Panik(1-10) to keep Stars in the game. Brad Marchand did his best to fire up the home crowd late in period two, when he dropped the gloves with Rookie Patrick Laine, who never got his gloves off, but still got 4 minutes for roughing,while Marchand got a fighting Major! Eight minutes into the 3rd period & Marchand broke up Robin Lehner’s Shutout bid, but that was all she wrote, as the Stars offense was still asleep( only 2 ratings) . Coach Dale Hunter said “This game coulda been 8-1 if not for Cory,everyone but Cory will be at practice tomorrow at 5 AM”
TORONTO- The early morning practice(5 AM) ordered by Coach Hunter after the Tampa game might become standard , as later that afternoon against the visiting Leafs, the Stars ended their modest 2 game home losing streak with a 5-2 Win! Cam Atkinson lead the way with Two Goals & Goaltender Philipp Grubauer was 2nd Star in getting his 1st Home Win in 3 starts!
ST LOUIS- The Nash-McScheifle-Coyle line got the Blues to a 3-0 lead into the 2nd period as they accounted for all 3 scores! The Stars Power-Play went to work, as Kesler scores in the 2nd & Atkinson in the 3rd & with 8 minutes to go, Brad Marchand scores at even-strength to tie game at three! A big comeback by the Stars had the crowd roaring, outshooting the Blues 28-17 over the final two periods, but the steady play of Carey Price(8/10 ratings) got the game to Overtime! In OT, Ekman-Larsson spotted Brent Burns flying down the wing, Jake Muzzin went for the Big Hit, He missed, Burns didnt miss, going top shelf on Reimer for the OT Winner!
BOSTON- In a game which saw 86 shots on Goal for both teams & the Goalies playing halfway decent(Reimer 8/10 & Benn 1-7) & Peter Budaj(6/7 & Brodie 1-6,Arvidsson 1-11), the Bruins come out on top 5-4 in a Shootout! It was former Dallas Star Peter Budaj who got the Win, as in the Shootout, James Reimer couldnt stop a beachball, as the Bruins scored on all 3 shots by McDavid, Malkin, & Jamie Benn ! Coach Hunter ” The Bruins kinda remind me of that commercial on TV, These guys are GOOD”
BUFFALO- There was Stars laying & flopping all over the ice as the Sabres laid out 14 Hits in the contest, but Dallas did a good job of diving, as the Zebra’s called everything! The Stars scored twice on 7 Power-Play’s & hung on for a 4-3 Win! Buffalo, short-handed again,in the last minute of the game had a chance to tie, when Dylan Larkin had a shot(inside)but fired it wide! Michael no-luck Frolik twice got stopped on his 1-10 outside during this game!
Happy Holidays to all !