The Stars kicked off their home-and-home series with the Blues on back to back nights by coming from behind to win 3-2. It was not a clean win at home, but the Stars kept their recent sucess at home going with a win none the less and they did what they had to. The Blues got the lead early 1-0 in the first via a shorthanded goal and Dallas looked like they were not completely up to par at the start of the game. But they tied it up at 1-1 and looked to be getting better as the game went along. Blues went up 2-1 late in the second period and the Stars were in need of something big again. Cue the spotlight and shine it on young Jamie Benn, as the third periods top plays were staring him. Benn made a flashy steal of the puck while the Blues were on a powerplay, and the skated it all the way in on a breakaway, and then made the flashy move to get Jaroslav Halak out of place before he did the “Forsberg” move to tap it in the net. That alone may have been the highlight of the night for the game. But as it kept at 2-2 for a while, Benn made another key play that lead to a goal. Morrow put pressure on the forecheck, and the puck ends up going to an off-balance Benn. Benn then makes a falling pass that finds its way through to Mike Ribeiro for him to flick it home into an open net. That line made a few big plays in the game and looked good as the game went on. Benn started the game centering the third line, but ended up playing the last two periods on the 2nd and it keeps working out when those guys get put together with Benn late in games.
Tonight the Stars will get another chance to pickup points from the Blues…or maybe it is a chance for the Blues to turn it around and try to beat the Stars tonight. The Blues are a better home team (14-0-1 at home in their last 15), and the Stars have struggled severly on the road until they got a solid win Wednesday night in Ottawa. It could be a big win for the Stars, to take all four points out of this little two game series with a conference foe. Dallas plays tonight there, then stays on the road Monday against Carolina. A couple of road wins here would keep the nice streak they have going, being 4-1-1 in their last six games. Last night they got the timely saves when they needed it, and got offense when they needed to pickup a win. Tonight I expect to be physical and scrappy. There was already physical play and some fighting last night, but the two teams are now familiar and both could be tired tonight. Expect both teams to try and be physical to try and gain an advantage and maybe let off some steam from things last night. Game starts at 7:00PM central tonight, no word yet on either starting goalie tonight.
Last night I called the score dead on, tonight: Prediction: Stars 4, Blues 3 (OT/Shootout)