It’s Friday, time to celebrate! For more than one reason, though, because the Stars season opener is getting closer! 48 days until the Dallas Stars open their season up against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 9th at the American Airlines Center.
I’ve started a new series, and if you didn’t catch yesterday’s poll, tough luck.
I have made a bracket, one like you would see for the NBA or NHL playoffs, of the 16 best games of the Dallas Stars 2013-2014 regular season. I’m sure you will agree entirely with the 16 games I have chosen, and if not, then just play along and comment at the end with which one you feel should have been given a chance and won.
So, I will put a poll up for each of the next 15 days featuring one of the games, with a brief argument for why it should be considered. Then, you can go to the bottom and vote on which one you think deserves to move on to the next round. The poll will expire 24 hours after it is put up, just in time for the next bracket of games to be put up. At the end of the Sweet 16, I will announce the winners of the entire round and start up the Elite 8, and so on and so forth. Sound fun? If so, great! If not, oh well.
Yesterday’s matchup featured the fourth of eight polls, being the Dallas Stars @ Los Angeles Kings on December 23rd vs. the Dallas Stars @ Ottawa Senators on November 3rd. I’ll announce the winner of that one once all the other polls have been voted on and accounted for.
TODAY’S MATCHUP: Dallas Stars @ Boston Bruins on November 5th VS. Dallas Stars @ Chicago Blackhawks on December 3rd
Dallas @ Boston, 3-2 F (SO):
This one was a barnburner for the books! With the Stars losing an early 1-0 lead and then falling in a 2-1 hole with less than 10 minutes to go, they needed a hero, and #38 turned out to be the desirable candidate. After being hooked on a breakaway, Vernon Fiddler snapped a crafty backhander past the elite Tuukka Rask. This sent Stars fans through the roof, and TD Garden into a hole. After five anxious-filled minutes of overtime, the shootout was imminent and Patrice Bergeron started it off with a five hole sneaker on Kari Lehtonen. With the advantage resting with the Bruins, the crowd made sure to give former B and current Star Tyler Seguin a hearty bellow of boos, to which he responded with a rip past Rask. With Lehtonen stoning the rest of his competitors, Rich Peverley held the fate of both teams on his stick. As boos dwindled around him, he found Rask’s five hole and thus ended the game, sending the sea of black and gold home with no pity. Great game!
Dallas @ Chicago, 4-3 F:
This game was purely hilarious for Stars fans and unbelievable for Hawks fans. In front of a packed United Center, the Dallas Stars managed to pull out a win against their division rival for the first time in 22 months. That’s a bit of a stretch, and the way the Stars found this win is still a mystery. Dallas was outshot by 32, with the final shot tally sitting at 50-18. That means that Corey Crawford found a way to go 14 for 18 and that Kari Lehtonen found a way to go 47 for 50! What a game this was, including Antoine Roussel’s game winner on the penalty shot followed by his now famous “I Can’t Hear You!” cheer in front of the blood red crowd.
So, you vote now! Be on the lookout tomorrow for the next edition of this playoffs series! You have until 2:30 PM CST on Saturday, August 23 to cast your vote and help the game you thought was better to move on! VOTE BELOW.
Which Was The Better Game Of The Stars 2013-2014 Regular Season?
- Stars @ Bruins (65%, 15 Votes)
- Stars @ Blackhawks (35%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 23
Comments and questions below, and as always thanks for reading! Go Stars.
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