Dallas Stars fans should be proud of the way their team thought despite the loss. The Stars forced OT in the third period but ended up losing 5-4 to the Lightning. This was one of the toughest teams that the Stars have had to go up against other than Boston this season. They responded to everything that the Lightning gave them and that’s a very positive thing to take away from this game. Here are three other takeaways from this game as well.
Dallas Stars vs Tampa Bay Lightning: 3. Defense still needs some work
The Stars really need to work on their defense in their own zone some more. There were multiple times when the Stars lost key Lightning players in their own zone. Steven Stamkos was one of them and he made the Stars pay dearly for their mistake. Teams are going to take note of this and use it to their advantage. Got to clean it up now before it hurts us later in the season.
Dallas Stars vs Tampa Bay Lightning: 2. Stars need some grit
I don’t know what irritated me more tonight: Otter getting hit hard by Vladislav Namestikov or no one sticking up for Otter. I was so mad that none of them decided to drop the gloves and beat their former teammate to a pulp. I know Jake Oettinger would come out and say that it was fine, but that hit was intentional in my opinion. They got to start sticking up for each other when those kinds of hits happen. It will send a message to the rest of the league that they won’t tolerate that.
Dallas Stars vs Tampa Bay Lightning: 1. Jason Robertson and Roope Hintz extend point streaks
It was actually kind of funny that both players extended their point streaks on the first goal of the game. Jason Robertson and Roope Hintz extended their point streaks to nine with their assists on the Mason Marchment goal tonight. Later on in the game, Robertson added a goal as well which sparked the Stars in the second period. Can both players extend their point streaks to ten games? We will find that out on Thursday night as the team takes on the Florida Panthers.