Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Stars-Senators thoughts & observations
By Mark Stepneski
Some thoughts and observations after the Dallas Stars beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 Wednesday to snap a four-game road losing streak.
- That was a nice bounce back effort considering Monday’s dud in Toronto. They played a solid 60 minute game, a really good road game. Nothing really fancy or pretty, but just a good, hardworking effort. They came out strong and finished strong in protecting that 2-1 lead.
- It wasn’t pretty, that’s for sure. But sometimes that’s how you need to win ‘em on the road. They don’t give out style points in the standings, but you get two points for a win and that’s what the Stars needed.
- The score isn’t an indication of how much better the Stars were in this game. They created a lot of quality chances (and missed on a few glorious ones) and gave up few.
- The Stars were 0-4 on power play and are now 1-31 on the power play on the road. Some of the road woes didn’t get fixed Wednesday. The chances were there, but the finish wasn’t.
- The Stars are 11-8-1 as they hit basically the quarter mark in their season. That’s not bad. It’s a .575 points percentage (or a pace for 94 points), which currently puts them eighth in West based on points percentage.
- Last year at the 20-game mark they were 9-5-6, which had them ranked sixth in the West with a .600 points percentage.
- Daniel Alfredsson, Alex Kovalev and Jason Spezza had a combined two shots on goal in the game. That says a lot about the effort.
- Andrew Raycroft wasn’t really tested much, but he played a solid game in improving to 2-1-0 on the season. “We got another good performance from Andrew Raycroft,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “That’s always encouraging when your backup can go in and play that well.”
- Raycroft has stopped 100 of 106 shots in his four appearances and five of the shots he didn’t stop came in that debacle in Colorado a couple weeks ago.
- Really strong game from Brenden Morrow, who had the game-winning goal and led the Stars with five shots on goal. He’s now got nine goals on the season, which ties him for second on the team with Loui Eriksson.