SAN JOSE- Both Luongo(12/13 gr’s & 1-16 Marchand) for San Jose & Bobrovsky(6/7 gr’s & Landeskog 1-12)were good in this contest, but a late penalty to Adam Henrique in the 1st period led to a PP Goal by Mike Hoffman early in period two! Stars again would capitailize on the Power-Play(Bailey) to take a 2-0 lead into the final stanza! Brayden Point scored to make it 3-0 , before the “Dallas Dog-Pound” started Barking as Jay Beagle found the net! Gabriel Landeskog, who was robbed earlier in the game, scored on the Power-Play to break shutout, then Nikita Kucherov scored with 3 minutes left, but that was all she wrote!
COLORADO- Rickard Rakell’s 2nd Goal of the game with under 3 minutes to play gave the Av’s a comeback 5-4 Win in Texas! After falling behind 2-1 in the first period, the Stars scored 3 times in the 2nd to take a 4-3 lead into the 3rd, but couldnt hold serve as Colorado rallied for the Win! Coach Dale Hunter ” We got into a track meet with these guys & got away from our game, too many good chances allowed & we got Burned”
TAMPA BAY- Dallas led 1-0 into the 3rd period on a Goal by J. T. Miller in the 2nd! Both Fleury & Bobrovski were on top of their game, when Viktor Arvidsson scored midway thru the 3rd period to give the Stars a 2-0 lead! Less than a minute after the Arvy Goal, Darnell Nurse got the Bolts on the Board & this game was on again! The “Lightning ” struck again when the defense pinched in, as a bomb from the point by Brandon Montour found it’s way past Bob! In the dying seconds of the game, Brad Marchand had hero on his stick(rating) but Marc-Andre Fleury Said No & this game goes to Overtime! Stars fight off a Brayden Point penalty in OT & Bobrovsky stops all three (Laine,Marner,Haula) guns sent out by Tampa, while Marchand beats Fleury this time for the Shootout Winner!
WINNIPEG- The Jets got off the ground early as Goals by Jordan Eberle & Austin Watson staked Winnipeg to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes! The “Bread Man” almost made it 3-0, but a huge save(1-14) on Panarin limited the damage! In the 2nd period, Tyler Bertuzzi fished the puck outta the net to keep, as Timo Meier scored his 1st Career GHC Goal to cut lead in half! J. T. Miller would tie it headed to the 3rd , where the Jets imploded , taking three penalties as Dallas would rip 23 shots, scoring twice, once on the PP for a 4-2 Win! Jets Rookie Goalie Malcolm Subban deserved a better fate(8/8 gr’s & 42 saves)as he was outstanding!
NEW JERSEY- Semyon Varlamov, who was acquired in a deal with Tampa Bay in the pre-season, turned aside 38 shots(8/9 gr’s & Atkinson twice 1-9) & the Devils nip the Stars 2-1. 3rd Overall Rookie Pick Clayton Keller scored on the Power-Play & Nick Backstrom scored for Dallas in the 2nd period! Matt Duchesne scored the GWG early in period three, as the Stars had a last second chance to tie it when youngster Jack Eichel coughed up a Breakaway, but Varlie made an easy save on defenseman Joel Edmundson! Coach Hunter was asked after the game if Brad Marchand & Erik Karlsson, both out with upper-body injuries, would be available for the next home game? Hunter barked “I sure hope so, We missed em both”