New Years Eve hasn’t been the best for the Stars since 2002, which was their last win on the festive night. The Stars made sure they ended 2008 with a bang, winning 4-2 over the New Jersey Devils. Granted, the Devil’s team was tired having played the night before in St Louis. The Stars used that to their advantage.
Despite having played the night before, the Devils came out strong at the beginning of the first. The Stars got into penalty trouble because of this, but it was Loui Eriksson that got the scoring started. He got the Stars first short-handed goal of the season to put them up 1-0. The Devils came back to make the score 2-1 in their favor by the end of the second.
The Stars came out fighting in the second period, forcing the momentum going their way. With hit after hit and the Devils taking penalty after penalty, Landon Wilson tied the game and Mark Parrish got a power play goal to give the Stars their second lead of the game. They held the Devils to only 2 shots the entire period.
They came out hot again in the third, getting to finish a 5-on-3 that had transpired at the end of the second. Stars didn’t manage to get a goal, but it helped keep the momentum where they needed it. To finish off the night, Loui Eriksson got his 20th goal of the season on the empty net to make the final 4-2.
All in all, it was a fantastic win for the Stars. They played as a team, every player playing their role. I think this was the first game, also, that we really got to see what Brian Sutherby is able to do. 2009 is definitely looking up.