We got a point, which is still an improvement, especially with Brenden Morrow being out. And they mentioned that nonstop, everytime moment they could fit it in, they would. Just another stab to the gut everytime, as well. In the pre-game show, they mentioned that the Stars are the first team to have 2 players get a hat trick in their team debut, go us! Also, Dave Tippett looked very unhappy during his interview.
The stars came out in the first period and seemed to be taking another step in the right direction. Hiller got his first start against the Stars, since Giguere was pulled 3 of the last 9 starts against the Stars. Usually, it’s the Ducks that get in penalty trouble, but it was even during the first period. Avery took a penalty, then got an extra 2 minutes due to his yapper. And this is what got the Ducks their first goal, the Stars broke down in front of their own net and it was only too easy for Corey Perry to get one past Turco. And 2 seconds later, Barch and Parros got into it, maybe Barch insulted his mullet and pornstache. I guess we’ll never know. Razor found it funny, saying that May must feel like Barch is cheating on him considering they are the usual pair we see fighting when they see each other. Landon Wilson got his first start with the Stars, and got on the score sheet by taking a penaly for hooking, which the Stars were able to kill. I noticed during this first period that Brunnstrom is really starting to gel with the team. He looks a lot more comfortable and confident in his skills at the NHL level. Avery got into a fight of his own 12 minutes in, when him and Kunitz went. Avery is looking more like his old self, the guy we signed, minus the stick-in-the-face waving. Not to be left out, Otter also invited Montador into a fight, and Tippett looked livid on the bench. A fun side note, the Stars lead the NHL in game misconducts. At least we’re number 1 in something. Near the end of the period, the Stars looked like they finally got their shit together, and were going to start the 2nd period with a power play due to Moen taking an elbowing penalty with under a minute left in the first.
The Stars got a 5-on-3 attempt before Moen’s penalty expired, and right before it ended, Eriksson took an interference penalty. Ribeiro got a nice breakaway during a 4-on-4 but Hiller got there to stop it. Hiller looked really good against us, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing him in net the next 4 times we play the Ducks. Avery showed himself to be useful by drawing a penalty on Chris Pronger, that is what I like to see. 10 minutes into the 2nd period, the Stars tied it up with a fantastic goal from Loui Eriksson on a feed from Trevor Daley. Marty Turco also got an assist on the play. At one point when the Ducks were on the attack, Marty began scrambling and accidently knocked the net off and the Ducks shoot the puck in. The NHL made the right call *coughforoncecough* and called No Goal. At the end of the 2nd period, Chris Pronger takes a second penalty, which means the Stars began the 3rd period on the power play.
38 seconds into the third period, Niedermeyer took a penalty, which gave the Stars a long 5-on-3, but were unable to get anything past Hiller. The Stars stayed on it. They looked a lot more trusting, and much more like themselves. Despite not being able to get a 2nd puck in the Ducks net, they also prevented the Ducks from getting another goal themselves. This continued into overtime and resulted in the Stars going to another shootout.
- Brad Richards started, speeding up the middle and getting it past Hiller
- Corey Perry went wide, and shot it five-hole to tie it up 1-1
- Sergei Zubov got stopped by Hiller
- Teemu Selanne, the Finnish Flash, was unable to flash it past Turco to keep it tied
- Mike Ribeiro tried to go through his legs again, only the puck got a little away from him and Hiller was able to make a save
- Ryan Getzlaf managed to get it past Turco, to give the Ducks a 2-1 win.
Despite the loss, the Stars played a good game. But I don’t trust it, I’ve seen this far too much.
The Stars are on the road the next two games, playing Philadelphia tomorrow evening. They recalled Chris Conner to try to give them more depth with Morrow, Lehtinen and Lundqvist out.