It was an interesting game to watch, the Stars largely outplayed the Rangers through the first period but left the first frame down 2-0. All of which started when the Stars got a dose of their own medicine when they were scored on within the first minute of play. After being able to bring the score close the game seemed within reach after the second period with the Stars only trailing by a single goal at 3-2. Matt Frasier scored again bringing his goal total for the tournament up to 4 and at times the line started to click but all around didn’t have as dominant a performance as they did against Carolina.
The player I noticed the most was probably Brenden Dillon on defense who I thought had a strong game and some of the plays he made on the power play to keep things alive were top notch. Dillon also wears the captain’s C for the team in the tournament and I thought that was interesting considering his back story, going from a free agent pickup to one of the Stars top prospects in what seemed like 5 minutes.
In the final frame the Rangers proved that their win against the Blues wasn’t a fluke and called into question just how good the Stars are or perhaps how bad the Huricanes were in their 8-2 victory as they dominated the final frame ending the game 6-2. Despite the score, I thought Jack Campbell had a solid game and I thought some of the lesser known defenders had a lack luster showing in front of him with a few mishandled pucks. I thought the system was followed to a T but when a defender stops a cross crease pass only to have the late man poke it between his legs and into the goal behind him, there’s likely a lot of nerves going on. Jamie Oleksiak seconds the sentiment in his blog about the game today which you can find here.
The Stars prospect team will have Monday off and play again on Tuesday when they go up against the St. Louis Blues team that lost to the Rangers in similar fashion 5-2. With the Stars at a 1-1 record, this game is important to win if they want to be in the hunt for that tournament win. But if the Rangers keep playing like they have, it doesn’t look like they will be venturing into the loss column anytime soon. Unfortunately MSG is the only channel doing coverage so the Stars likely won’t be seeing much more TV time until the season’s opener.