ST LOUIS- A match-up with the League’s Top Two teams & the brothers “Stall” both scored in this contest, but only one would be named the game’s 1st Star! Dallas trailed 4-2 in the 2nd period, despite the “Thunder” heard in the rink, as the Stars had laid out 12 Hits, 9 by defenseman, as the Blues capitalized on their chances! Jordan Stall scored late in period two & it was 4-3 heading to the final 20 minutes! Just 5 minutes into the 3rd the crowd erupted , as Erik Karlsson tied the game with a Power-Play Goal! Both Goalies settled down & it looked like OT again between these teams, as in the 1st meeting in Dallas, the Blues won in OT on a Brent Burns Goal! However, with under 3 minutes to go, the Blues crashed the crease & Alex Pietrangelo put home a rebound & the Blues hung on for a 5-4 Win! Big Brother Eric Stall was 1st Star!
COLORADO- After losing to the Av’s earlier in the season at home & coming off a last minute loss to the Blues the night before, the Stars fell behind 3-0 in a two minute span of the 1st period! Coach Dale Hunter called a timeout & was thinking of yanking starter Cory Schneider until he looked over & saw back-up Petr Mrazek eating a hot dog , Hunter just shook his head & motioned for Schneider to stay in game! In the 2nd period, Karlsson & Atkinson closed gap to 3-2 , while Schneider would make some key saves(6/6 on ratings the rest of the way)& in the 3rd, Jacob Silfverberg would score twice as the Stars capped a remarkable comeback for a 4-3 Win!
TAMPA BAY- Dallas scores twice in period one & twice in period two, as T J Brodie made it 4-1, but with just under a minute to go in period two, Rookie Sebastian Aho rifled a one-timer by Reimer to cut lead to 4-2! In the 3rd period, the Bolts fired 17 shots while Robin Lehner kept them in game(Marchand robbed 1-18), but only a Justin Schultz Goal with 3 minutes left was all she wrote, as the Stars hang on for a 4-3 Win, avenging an earlier loss at American Airlines Arena to the Lightning in their 1st meeting of the year!
BOSTON- Jordan Stall breaks a scoreless tie midway thru period two & it stayed 1-0 until he(Stall) scored again with just under 4 minutes to go in game! Ryan Kesler would add a late Goal for a 3-0 Final, as Phillip Grubauer would get the Star’s 1st Home Shutout of the Season! Grubauer stopped 32 shots(4/4 gr’s) , including a SH Breakaway by Connor McDavid when the score was just 1-0!
BUFFALO- The Stars took a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period, as Phillip Grubauer was looking for his 2nd straight shutout with 100 minutes of scoreless hockey in his net! That ended quickly as Tyler Bozak scored just 29 seconds into period three! Then just 3 minutes later it was tied as youngster Dylan Larkin went top shelf! Meanwhile, “Bob” is turning aside every Dallas shot(17 in the 3rd), including a last second chance by Jacob Silfverberg , who darted by Taylor Hall , but it was Hall who had the last laugh! In Overtime, T J Brodie flipped the puck in the stands & got a delay of game penalty & Taylor Hall ripped home the PP OT Winner! After the game, the news broke, Sergei Bobrovsky was staying in Dallas, the “Bob” had been dealt to the Stars for Goalies Petr Mrazek & Phillip Grubauer!