Dallas had to be proud of this one. Before the game I just had a feeling that Dallas would show up, but end up losing it either in OT or in the shootout. But the Dallas Stars played up to the Chicago Blackhawks to pick up another home win, this one going back and forth. First a PP goal by Chicago, then Mike Modano (who keeps showing he isn’t old and done yet) scores on the PP. And from there it kept pace through the first period, ending with Dallas being out-shot 22-8 but only behind on the scoreboard 3-2. For all of his flopping and rebounds, Marty Turco did enough to keep Dallas in this game early. And I think that did enough for the locker room. Everyone knows Chicago is extremely talented and quick. Although Patrick Kane looks like a member of a teen boy-band, he is talented and kept his current streak of making every defense look bad on a roll. And Jonathan Toews is one of my favorite young players to watch. Chicago threw a full on onslaught at the Dallas net in the first period, and the Stars went into the locker room only down a goal and with the fans in the game.
From there Dallas seemed to keep gaining confidence as the game went on. A lucky-bounce goal by Steve Ott, and Dallas had a 4-3 lead just before halfway through the game. And although Kane scores again for Chicago, Dallas still comes out in 3rd with some grit, good goaltending, and determination. And it paid off, and Otter once again provides this team with some passion. They played, by my opinion, the best team in the NHL and decided to get into a scoring match with them….AND WON! With it 4-4 in the 3rd I kept thinking it would end up 6-5 chicago in OT, but Dallas proved me wrong. Sure the defense looked like crap early, and Marty at times was sliding around trying to make miracle saves. But as the game went on the whole team improved, didn’t get too rattled and continued to punch back.
Side note: Brunnstrom was just sent back to the Texas Stars, I really hope he can get better or Dallas should package him in a trade.
I will be back on tomorrow to talk trade ideas, and the Stars annual New Year’s Eve match-up. Hopefully we keep this good play at home up, and roast some duck to end 2009