Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thoughts on Stars' 4-3 win over Detroit
By Richard Durrett
The Dallas Stars won a back-and-forth contest with the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Neither team was particularly impressive, but the Stars did enough to win.
Karlis Skrastins had two goals, his first two as a member of the Dallas Stars. Skrastins has been steady all season, leading the team in blocked shots and playing well on the defensive end. His second goal was a big one, coming early in the third period to give the Stars the lead.
A special thanks to Brandon Worley from Defending Big D for joining us on a live in-game chat. I hope he can join us in the future. Click here for a replay of the chat.
James "Real Deal" Neal added two goals as well. He leads the Stars with 16 on the season. In fact, the James Neal-Brad Richards-Loui Eriksson line accounted for seven points on the day.
Doesn't this team feed off Brad Richards? He had two assists and created key chances Saturday.
Marty Turco. He had some phenomenal stops but also allowed two questionable goals. That included one that came in and went through the 5-hole, though it wasn't moving very fast. Turco might have been screened before it went in. He's been inconsistent, much like the team. But he did make some saves late once the Stars got the 4-3 lead.
Stars had trouble getting the puck of of their own zone all game. The passing wasn't real crisp, but the Wings did a good job of clogging the passing lanes, too.
Matt Niskanen is really struggling. It has to be confidence, but he just doesn't look comfortable at all. He couldn't keep alive some pucks, including a rim-around on a power play and didn't defend well on one of the Wings goals. He seems a little lost right now.
I thought Maxime Fortunus had a nice NHL debut. He was active and stayed steady. He also had two nice clears to relieve some Detroit pressure.
Stars won despite being outshot. They are 4-8-4 when they are outshot.
Dallas needed a win to start the homestand. It wasn't great execution, but it's a win. Saturday was the first of six of seven games at AAC.