The Dallas Stars had a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second period and failed to do so. The Stars’ slow start out of the gate helped the Maple Leafs to a 4-1 win in Dallas Thursday night. This is the Stars’ first regulation loss of the season. It was just a terrible start out of the gate and it set the mood for the Stars the rest of the way. Let’s take a look at the three takeaways from tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs.
Dallas Stars vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Recap: 3. Another slow start
I believe the Stars’ players must drop the Starbucks coffee and go with Monster or Red Bull. They couldn’t get anything going in the first period after the opening puck drop and allowed Wedgewood to get bombarded with shots. If you want to beat the Maple Leafs, you must get to them early in the game. Being down 1-0 after the first period is not what Pete DeBoer had in mind.
Dallas Stars vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Recap: 2. Mason Marchment finally got a goal
The one player that needed to get a goal sooner or later was Mason Marchment. With the amount of money the Stars own him over the next three seasons including this one, he needs to contribute to the scoresheet. It’s hard it is to score in the National Hockey League when the opposing team shoots down your shooting lane. However, Joseph Woll was on his stomach and Marchment roofed it past him into the net. Hopefully, more Marchment goals are coming soon.
Dallas Stars vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Recap: 1. Stars couldn’t buy multiple goals in the second period
The Stars had a good chance to put the game away in the second period with how aggressive they were with the puck. Even Ryan Suter had a chance to score his first goal of the season but it missed wide of the net.
You could tell on the ice that the Maple Leafs couldn’t handle the intensity that the Stars were giving them in their zone. That’s when you got to capitalize and win the game. Hopefully, the Stars can learn their lesson from this game and get prepared for Adam Fantilli and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.