STARS hit rough patch in this Homestand!
PHILADELPHIA- The 4th Overall Rookie Draft Pick this season became the 1st Goaltender to blank the Stars at American Airlines Arena this season! Carter Hart made 35 saves(6/6 gr’s) as the Flyers won for the 2nd time this season in Texas,this time by a 5-0 Score! Defenseman Ryan Ellis scored the 1st Two Goals & both came on the special teams, one Short-Handed & the other on the Power-Play! Dylan Larkin(+4 plus-minus) had a Big Night getting a Goal & 3 Assists as Philly was relentless on offense, the Flyers had 16 good scoring chances(E Johnson 1-11, M Frolik 1-15. 14 gr’s) & chased former teammate Sergei Bobrovsky with just under 4 minutes to play! Coach Dale Hunter Postgame said ” I had to get Bob outta there before he gets hurt, besides Cory needed a little ice time, it might be his last year”
NEW JERSEY- The Stars, who were in 1st place heading into this weeekend’s games, had an afternoon match with the 2nd place Devils following the debacle from the night before(Philly Shutout) Jaroslav Halak got the call in the nets & the game was tied at one late in period two when Tyler Myers scored & the Devils led 2-1 into the last period! Dallas scored early to tie game as Viktor Arvidsson lit the lamp! Then it was “Timo Time” as Timo Meier scored twice & the Stars rallied for 3 3rd period Goals to win 4-2! Stars PK killed off 4 penalties in game!
WINNIPEG- Dallas got off to a good start after Tom Wilson was handed a 5-Minute Major for spearing the “Bread Man” , the Stars killed off the 5-Minute Major as Wilson said ” I was just trying to butter him (Panarin)up” . Cam Atkinson scored early in period two & Dallas led 1-0, but with Marchand in the box, Panarin Scored on the Power-Play & the Jets tallied 3 times in the period for a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes! Both teams would score once in the 3rd as the Jets landed a 4-2 Win in Texas! Coach Hunter “Sometimes Brad is bad & Willy too, the boys need to stay on the ice for us to have success”
CHICAGO- Dallas doubles up the Hawks 4-2 as the Power-Play goes 2/6 in the Victory! Cam Atkinson scored two Goals & Jaro Halak was key to the Win! Halak stopped John Tavares point-blank(1-16) & made 36 saves(5/7 gr’s). Coach Hunter on the Blackhawks moving to Montreal next season ” It’ll be sad to not see that jersey in here next year, but maybe the rebuild goes better in the true North”
ST LOUIS- Jesper Bratt(that illegal card-Ha)scores twice, including the tying Goal on the Power-Play in the 3rd period, as the Blues come from behind with a 2-Goal 3rd for a 4-3 Win! For the falling Stars, it was their 2nd home loss to St Louis this season & their 3rd Home loss in last 5 Home games! The Blues PK contributes to the Stars agony as they kill off 4 penalties! Coach Hunter was asked about the pressure of being on top in the League , he replied ” That’s no pressure, that’s fun! Pressure is forgetting to bring home milk & bread that the wife ordered, that’s pressure!