Friday, March 06, 2009
Lost opportunities. Lost composure. And, a lost point. All in Los Angeles in that Staples Center, a place that has become a bit of a difficulty for the Dallas Stars recently.
I don’t know what happened to the Stars last night in the final 5 minutes, but I would say it was equal parts Los Angeles Kings pressure and desperation, and equal parts Dallas Stars losing its composure and self control.
And now we are left to wonder about how much that point last night will count the Stars in their playoff run. I know, from being close by, that this team is smarting this morning in Anaheim.
I think we could gripe somewhat about some of the calls made last night in a game that had the Kings with 10 Power Play opportunities and the Stars with 3. But, the last few, and the most crucial were tough to argue. As much as I have complimented every move Mark Fistric has made up here, he cannot punch Dustin Brown after the whistle at that point of the game. Marty Turco, cannot take that slash at that portion of the game. But they did. And they lost. Lesson learned?
Now, they must drag their tired squad over to the Pond to settle the score from Saturday afternoon where the Stars also had another 3rd period meltdown that cost them crucial points. When last we saw the Ducks, they were pummeling Steve Ott after the game had ended. Ott took some stitches, and his team mates took a challenge to their manhood for not defending eachother. Tonight could be really pesky.
They need points. Badly. The clock is ticking away.
Posted by Sturminator at 10:17 AM