After dropping the game Monday night in Toronto horribly, the Stars were in dire need of a road win earlier tonight at the Ottawa Senators. The Stars had dropped four in a row on the road and five out of their last 6 to have a record of 3-5 on the road. So playing a team that is middle-to-lower end of the teams in the eastern conference should be a good game for the Stars to pick up something on the road. Tonight they did just that, as Dallas played a great road game and got just enough to win 2-1 against the Senators. It was not a flashy game and their were not a lot of goals, but the Stars did what they had to and controlled the game well for a team on the road.
Andrew Raycroft came out for just his 3rd start of the season and just his 4th time in the net, and played great for the Stars. The defense limited the Sens chances for the game, and the home team only got 5 shots at Raycroft in the third period as the Stars took the lead early in the period and then held on to win. Raycroft stops 18 of the 19 shots that came his way, and the one that did get through him was not even a got shot, just a bouncer and he was screened. The is now two solid performances in three starts this season and it is looking like the Stars really do have someone that can slip in and take starts without the Stars having to worry about the play in net. He has now only allowed 6 goals on 106 shots with five of the goals coming in one game against Colorado when the whole team looked bad. Brenden Morrow provided the winning goal in the third off a good feed from the boards by Ribeiro. He l0oked good in the game, taking five shots and being one of the active guys throughout the game. Jamie Benn was creating tonight too, having a few quality scoring chances but he could not capitalize. This kid still suprises people nightly and continues to look impressive almost every game. He can create and move the puck, he can finish chances too, but then he also gets after it along the boards and will check anyone and is not afraid to drop the gloves either. I really do love this kid and he is something special. Maybe not Ovi or Crosby special, but he will be a top forward and looks like he is just starting to bud into the player he will be.
The Stars penalty kill continues to look a little better too, in spurts. Tonight they went two-for-two on the kill and have not allowed a powerplay goal in three of their last four games. Might be a sign that the PK is starting to improve and turn things around. But the PP is still an issue. With all the talent on this team, they are now 1-for-31 on the PP while on the road this season. That is unacceptable! Really? One for thirty-one? Something needs to be done now. I don’t care if you have to move players or change up the guys on the ice. Crawford is really starting to really get on my nerves in some areas.