Dallas Stars: Carolina Hurricanes
The Dallas Stars opened their four-game road trip impressively, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 in Raleigh Sunday afternoon.
The Stars became the first team to hit 10 wins this season and their 10-3-0 record gives them the best points percentage in the league at .769.
“Guys are really working hard to want to get better. You have to remember that last year they missed the playoffs by two points. They’ve got something to prove,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of his team’s strong start to the season. “As a new coach it’s been easy going into that locker room when you’ve got 20 hungry guys. The seven new guys we’ve brought in have contributed to our character and, obviously, to all elements of our game. We’re a confident group right now and that’s half the battle.”
The Stars got off to a strong start, scoring early in the game, taking a 3-1 lead into the first intermission and extending it to 5-1 through the first 40 minutes.
“We played really well today,” said Stars forward Loui Eriksson. “We had a good start, we played really hard and it’s a good start to this road trip.”
And in their last two wins the Stars have found some offense, scoring 12 goals. The line of Eriksson (three assists), Jamie Benn (two goals) and Ryder (one goal and two assists) chipped in a total of eight points.
Eriksson and Benn both now have 15 points this season and are currently tied for 7th in the league in scoring. Eriksson is tied for seventh in goals and Benn is tied for fifth in assists.
“They are both cerebral players and they just kind of feed off each other,” said Gulutzan. “They think the game so well. You’ve got two smart guys playing together and they’re having a good streak right now.”
Eric Nystrom scored his third goal in the last four games and Stephane Robidas scored on the power play.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 of 32 shots, bouncing back from Friday’s game when he gave up a season-high six goals.
“It was good for him to get right back in the saddle when you’re half off it,” said Gulutzan. “It was a good game for him.”
The Stars scored a little more than five minutes into the game and never looked back. Vernon Fiddler set up Eric Nystrom off the rush and Nystrom beat Carolina goalie Cam Ward with a shot from the left circle to put the Stars up 1-0 5:20 into the game.
The Stars extended the lead to 2-0 by cashing in on their first power play as Stephane Robidas scored off a blast from the point at the 12:55 mark.
Carolina answered with a power play goal by Chad LaRose just 23 seconds later, but the Stars were able to extend the lead with 27.8 seconds left in the first when Eriksson sent a pass from behind the net to Benn to make it a 3-1 game.
The Stars added two more in the second period to make it a 5-1 game. Eriksson set up Ryder, who roofed a shot over Ward early in second to make it 4-1. That ended the afternoon for Ward, who was replaced by Brian Boucher.
Eriksson set up Benn on a shorthanded two-on-one late in the second to make it 5-1.
“I saw the puck go around the corner there and we got a two-on-one,” said Eriksson. “It was a nice shot by Benny.”
Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu scored a power play goal in the third to round out the scoring in the game. Carolina has lost it’s last two games by a combined score of 10-3.
“It’s a physical man’s game and we tried to play on skill. It just wasn’t going to get it done for us,” said Carolina coach Paul Maurice. “We were just soft on pucks all over the ice.”
The Stars continue the road trip Tuesday when they take on the Washington Capitals, who are 9-3-0 this season and are 6-0-0 at home this season.
*Steve Ott missed his second straight game with a hip injury.
*Jake Dowell and Adam Pardy were healthy scratches for the Stars.
*The Stars have won five of their last six games against Carolina.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan
“Guys are really working hard to want to get better. You have to remember that last year they missed the playoffs by two points. They’ve got something to prove. As a new coach it’s been easy going into that locker room when you’ve got 20 hungry guys. The seven new guys we’ve brought in have contributed to our character and, obviously, to all elements of our game. We’re a confident group right now and that’s half the battle.”
Stars forward Loui Eriksson
“It’s a really good start for us. It’s always fun to win and we needed to. It always fun to play with confidence like we are doing right now. This was a really good start to this road trip. We’ve just go to keep going.”
Carolina coach Paul Maurice
“It’s a physical man’s game and we tried to play on skill. It just wasn’t going to get it done for us. We were just soft on pucks all over the ice.” – Carolina coach Paul Maurice
The Stars opened the scoring 5:20 into the game when Vernon Fiddler set up Eric Nystrom off the rush and Nystrom beat Carolina goalie Cam Ward with a shot from the left faceoff dot. It was Nystrom’s third goal in the last four games.
The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 by cashing in on their first power play chance of the game. Stephane Robidas scored on blast from the point as Brenden Morrow and Alex Goligoski set up shop in front of the net at 12:55.
But the Hurricanes scored just 25 seconds later, cashing in on their first power play of game. Chad LaRose scored off the rebound of an Eric Staal redirection of a Jeff Skinner shot.
The Stars extended the lead to 3-1 with just 27.8 seconds remaining in the period when Loui Eriksson backhanded a pass from behind the net to Jamie Benn, who scored from close range.
The Stars added two more goals in the second period to extend their lead to 5-1. Loui Eriksson got to a puck at the side of the Carolina goal and set up Michael Ryder, who roofed a shot over Cam Ward at the 3:48 mark to make it a 4-1 game.
That goal ended the afternoon for Ward, who was pulled after giving up four goals on 14 shots. He was replaced by Brian Boucher.
Ryder’s goal gave the Stars 11 goals over a span of 62:04 dating back to Friday’s game against Colorado.
The Stars made it 5-1 with a shorthanded goal with 2:00 left in the period as Eriksson set up Jamie Benn on a two-on-one and Benn beat Boucher with a shot from the right wing.
The Hurricanes scored on a power play early in the period to make it a 5-2 game. Tuomo Ruutu scored on a shot from the slot at the 2:03 mark.
Scratches: Pardy, Dowell
Injured: Ott (hip)
Sunday November 6
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
The Stars (9-3-0) are coming off a wild 7-6 overtime win over Colorado Friday at American Airlines Center Friday. The Stars overcame 2-0, 5-4 and 6-5 deficits in the game and a squandered a 4-2 lead as well. Loui Eriksson’s second goal of the game, with 1:05 left in overtime, was the game winner.
“It was just one of those nights you don’t like as a coach but if you came to the game, you feel like you got your money’s worth,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.
Sunday’s game kicks off a four-game road trip for the Stars, who will play at Carolina, Washington, Pittsburgh and Detroit.
Kari Lehtonen will start in goal on Sunday.
Injuries: LW Steve Ott (hip pointer) is out.
About the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes (5-5-3) lost 5-1 to Washington in Raleigh on Friday. Carolina scored early in the game to take a 1-0 lead, but Washington scored the next five goals.
"I don't have an explanation for it, but we did not have the fire in order to win that game," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "And that's the bottom line. Whether it's your passing, your hitting, whatever it is."
The Hurricanes are now 2-4-1 over their last seven games.
Injuries: LW Jussi Jokinen (leg) is out.
*This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.
*The Stars were 2-0-0 against Carolina last season.
*The Hurricanes were 0-1-1 against the Stars last season.
*The Stars are 37-25-6 all-time against Carolina.
*The Stars have scored on the power play in three of the last four games and are 5-16 (31.3%) on the PP during that stretch.
*The Hurricanes are 15-16 (93.8%) on the penalty kill over the last four games.
*The Hurricanes are 1-14 (7.1%) on the power play over the last four games and 2-27 (7.4%) over the last seven games.
*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has five goals in the last six games.
*Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray has three goals in the last four games.
*Stars forward Jamie Benn has points in four straight games (0 goals, six assists).
- After a tough shootout loss in Columbus on Monday and then the 5-3 loss in Chicago on Wednesday, the Stars bounced back nicely in this one. They got off a good start and played a good first period. Carolina, which hadn’t played in almost a week, appeared to shake off the rust and got going in the second period and overall it was a tight game. Both goalies were very good, made great saves in the overtime and it came down to the skills competition.
- Quote from Stars coach Marc Crawford: “We stuck with it. We got some great penalty kills in the third period and those were pivotal. In the shootout, Andrew Raycroft was just outstanding and what can you say about Brad Richards? He just finds a way to score. It’s such an important element in today’s National Hockey League, that you've got the shootout.”
- They are 3-2 in shootouts and 2-0 in overtime. That’s 5-2 in games that have gone beyond regulation. Those are critical points when everything gets added up at the end of the season.
- Andrew Raycroft had an excellent game. The save on Joe Corvo with 42.4 left in overtime was spectacular. A game-saver or a point saver in the NHL. When I saw the puck on Corvo’s stick I thought that was it. Great save.
- Productive night for Richards. It always seems to be. He had the primary assist on James Neal’s goal in the first period and then scored the lone goal of the shootout.
- Neal’s been on a roll lately. He has points in six straight games, registering four goals and four assists during the streak.
- On the other side of the puck, the penalty kill was superb. It went 5-5 and is now 27-30 over the last ten games. According to the official stats, the Hurricanes got one shot on those five power plays. Of course, Carolina’s power play hasn’t exactly been lighting it up lately. It’s now 0-18 over the last five games.
- The Stars power play didn’t have a great night either, going 0-4. It had some pretty good chances on the first opportunity but wasn’t quite as effective after that. Give Carolina some credit. It’s PK has been trending up lately.
- A very nice moment when the Jere Lehtinen tribute was run in the building and then Lehtinen received a standing ovation as he was shown watching the game on the scoreboard. Lehtinen was obviously touched by the ovation. It was nice to see.
The Dallas Stars topped the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout Friday night at American Airlines Center. Andrew Raycroft stopped 22 of 23 shots in regulation and overtime and then was 3-3 in the shootout for the Stars. James Neal scored the regulation goal for the Stars and Brad Richards scored the only goal of the shootout.
- The Stars are 9-0-1 in their last 10 home games (9-0-1).
- The Stars are 11-2-2 in one-goal games this season. The 11 victories are tops in the NHL.
- The Stars were 5-5 on the penalty kill in the game and are now 27-30 (90.0%) over their last ten games.
- The Stars were 0-4 on the power play and are 0-9 over their last three games.
- The Stars won 29 of 58 (50 percent) faceoffs.
- The Stars improved to 3-2 in shootouts this season.
- Andrew Raycroft has won 5 of his last 6 shootouts dating packing to 2008-09, when he played for Vancouver.
- Brad Richards is 3-5 on shootout attempts this season.
- James Neal ran his points streak to six games (4 goals, 4 assists).
- Neal’s goal was his 12th of the season, tying him with Richards for the team lead.
Injured: Lehtonen (lower body), Petersen (hand), Barch (foot/ankle)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
The Dallas Stars ran their points streak at home to 10 games (9-0-1) with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at American Airlines Center Friday night. Andrew Raycroft stopped 22 shots in the game and all three shots in the shootout. James Neal scored the Stars’ goal in regulation and Brad Richards scored in the shootout and had an assist in the game.
The Dallas Stars lead the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0 after one period of play at American Airlines Center.
There was a lot of pace to the period, but each team only registered five shots on goal and only one made it past a goaltender.
The Stars scored that goal at the 9:39 mark when Brad Richards put a shot on net from the left point and James Neal got the rebound and lifted snapped the puck over Carolina goalie Cam Ward from close range.
Some notes from the first period:
- The Stars were 0-2 on the power play in the period and the Hurricanes were 0-1.
- The Stars won 8 of 17 faceoffs in the period.
- D Maxime Fortunus was a healthy scratch for the Stars. G Kari Lehtonen (back), F Toby Petersen (hand), F Krys Barch and D Mark Fistric (conditioning assignment) were also out for the Stars.
The Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes are tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of play at American Airlines Center.
After the Stars missed on their third power play chance of the game and Stephane Robidas hit a post and had the puck skip along the goal line, the Hurricanes drew even at 9:03 of the second period.
Following a Stars’ turnover at the Carolina blue line, Troy Bodie set up Jiri Tlusty, who beat Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft with a shot from the slot to make it a 1-1 game.
Some notes following two periods:
- Jere Lehtinen, who retired earlier this week, was in attendance at the game. There was a brief video tribute to the 1999 Stanley Cup champion and three-time Selke Trophy winner. When Lehtinen was shown on the scoreboard he received a lengthy standing ovation from the crowd.
- The Stars outshot the Hurricanes 11-9 in the second period and have a 16-14 advantage for the game.
- Both teams are 0-3 on the power play in the game.
- The Stars have won 16 of 32 faceoffs.
The Stars had one power play in the period and the Hurricanes had two, but neither team could cash in on the chances and the game remained 1-1 at the end of regulation. The Stars have a 7-5 shots advantage in the period.
The Stars had several great chances in overtime, but Cam Ward stopped Mike Ribeiro and then two rebound attempts by Brenden Morrow. Ward came up big less than a minute later, stopping James Neal on a wrap-around and then Brad Richards on the rebound.
Andrew Raycroft and answered Ward’s brilliance, making a spectacular glove save on Joe Corvo with 42.4 seconds remaining in overtime to keep it a 1-1 game and get the Stars to a shootout.
Eriksson, Dallas: Ward made poke check save, Tied 0-0
Jokinen, Carolina: Wrist shot, save Raycroft, Tied 0-0
Richards, Dallas: Wrist shot beat Ward blocker side, Dallas 1-0
Skinner, Carolina: Wrist shot, save Raycroft, Dallas 1-0
Ribeiro, Dallas: Wrist shot, Ward pad save, Dallas 1-0
Staal, Carolina: Wrist shot, save Raycroft, Dallas wins 1-0
Friday December 10
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
About the Stars
The Stars (16-9-2) are coming off a 5-3 loss in Chicago on Wednesday. The Stars trailed 3-0 and 4-1 in the game and got within 4-3, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
"It's tough when you battle back like that and you don't get the result you want,”" said forward James Neal, who had one goal and one assist in the game.
The Stars went 0-1-1 on a brief two-game road trip.
The Stars recalled D Maxime Fortunus from Texas (AHL) on Thursday and assigned D Philip Larsen to Texas (AHL).
Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (back) is questionable. F Toby Petersen (hand) and F Krys Barch (foot/ankle) are out. D Mark Fistric is in the AHL on a conditioning assignment.
About the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes (11-12-3) haven’t played since losing, 5-2, to Nashville on Saturday. The Hurricanes were outshot 17-10 in the first period and fell behind 3-1.
"We made some big mistakes that caused us problems," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "We are prone to trying to do too many big things instead of a bunch of little things."
The Hurricanes, who have lost three of their last four games, are 3-5-3 in their last nine games.
Injuries: No major injuries.
- This is the second of two meetings between the teams this season.
- The Stars are 1-0-0 and the Hurricanes are 0-1-0.
- Monday November 29 | At Carolina | Dallas 4, Carolina 1
- The Stars have outscored their opponents 34-19 during their nine-game points streak (8-0-1) at home.
- The Stars are 12-47 (25.5 percent) on the power play during their nine-game points streak at home.
- The Stars have scored on the power play in nine of their last 11 games at home and are 14-58 (24.1 percent) during that stretch.
- Carolina is 12-12 on the penalty kill over the last five games and 18-19 (94.7 percent) over the last seven games.
- The Stars are 30-35 (85.7 percent) on the penalty kill in their last nine home games and 22-25 (88.0 percent) on the PK in their last nine games overall.
- Carolina is 0-13 on the power play over its last four games.
Some thoughts and observations after the Dallas Stars beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Monday night. The Stars improved to 14-8-1 on the season and took sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
- Well, the Dallas Stars are on a bit of a roll. Their four-game winning streak is best in the West and third best in the league right now. It’s helped them move up to the top of the Pacific Division and second in the Western Conference for right now.
- It’s tight and they are only three points ahead of the ninth place team, but these nice little runs they have been able to put together are important points. It’s something they weren’t able to do last season and it provides some insurance when they do hit some bumps along the way and those will come.
- Winning on the road is big too. That’s something they struggled with last season. They’ve won three in a row and are now 6-5-0 away from home this season. They’ve played really well in these last three wins away from home, allowing just three goals and grinding things out when they’ve had to.
- It’s hard to find many flaws with the effort on Monday night. They were playing their third game in four nights, fourth in sixth and fifth in eight - all in different cities - and they rolled out an impressive 60-minute effort.
- Carolina has played a lot of hockey too and went to a shootout in Washington on Sunday, so their tank was probably running a little low. The Stars jumped on them early, got the lead and got them chasing the game a bit. That was important. The Stars are now 10-2-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
- The Stars’ top two lines were very impressive in this game. The Neal-Richards-Eriksson trio scored twice and combined for 11 shots at even strength. The Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn line chipped in a goal and had 7 even strength shots.
- Another solid game for Jamie Benn, who is heating up as far as the offensive stats. He has three goals and two assists over the past three games. He’s working well on the line with Morrow and Ribeiro.
- Kari Lehtonen was excellent again. He got beat once, on a great shot by Eric Staal who got a great look busting down the left side all alone. Other than that, Lehtonen was at the top of this game. He’s stopped 87 of 91 over the last four games.
- The play in front of Lehtonen was excellent as well. It was a nice team effort defensively by both the guys on the blue line and the forwards. Carolina didn’t have a lot of quality chances in the game.
- The penalty kill was 4-4 and is now 10-10 over the last five games. There were couple of spots where Carolina could have turned the game with a power play goal and the Stars did a nice job shutting them down.
The Dallas Stars won their fourth straight game, topping the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 in Raleigh Monday night. James Neal scored two goals, Jamie Benn had one goal and one assist and Steve Ott scored as well. Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves. The Stars are 14-8-1 on the season and are in first place in the Pacific Division.
- The Stars have now four games in a row for the second time this season.
- The Stars have won three straight on the road, allowing just one goal in each of the three wins.
- Kari Lehtonen has stopped 87 of 91 (.956 save percentage) over his last three games.
- Jamie Benn has scored goals in three consecutive games and has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) during that stretch.
- James Neal scored two goals in a game for the second time this season. He had two in the Stars’ 5-4 win over San Jose on November 18.
- Neal led the Stars with six shots on goal.
- The Stars outshot Carolina 33-28.
- The Stars were 4-4 on the penalty kill and are 10-10 on the PK over the last five games.
- The Stars won 35 of 68 faceoffs Monday night.
- Brad Richards won 15 of 22 draws in the game.
- The Stars improved to 7-2-0 against Eastern Conference teams this season.
- The Stars won at Carolina for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
- Lehtonen won in Carolina for the first time since January 13, 2007.
Injured: Fistric (groin), Barch (foot)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
James Neal scored the only goal of the period, taking a pass from Loui Erikson and beating Carolina goalie Cam Ward high and short side with a shot from the right circle at the 10:50 mark.
The Stars had the better chances in the period, but Ward made some nice stops. He made a glove save on Brenden Morrow early in the game, and appeared to get a piece of a shot as Eriksson was busting in on net. Brad Richards also got a clean break on the net and shot wide.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 12 shots in the period, and made a nice save on Patrick Dwyer’s shot from the right circle to keep it a 1-0 game.
Some notes from the first.
- Carolina outshot the Stars 12-10 in the period
- Carolina was 0-1 on the power play and Dallas was 0-0.
- The Stars won 10 of 18 faceoffs in the period.
- Adam Burish won 4 of 5 draws for the Stars.
- Severin Blindenbacher was the scratch for the Stars. Krys Barch and Mark Fistric remain out with injuries.
The Stars scored two goals 1:33 apart to build a 3-0 lead early in the second period. The first one came just seconds after they killed off Carolina’s second power play of the game. The Stars took off on the rush and after Trevor Daley fanned on a shot, Jamie Benn got the puck behind the net and set up Steve Ott, who scored from close range to make it a 2-0 game at the 2:46 mark.
James Neal scored his second goal of the game at 4:19 of the second, getting the rebound of his own shot off the endboards and beating Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward with a shot from the left circle.
Ward kept it a 3-0 game, making a great pad save on Loui Eriksson’s shot from the slot a short time later.
Carolina finally broke through at the 7:57 mark with the two teams playing four-on-four. Eric Staal knocked Nicklas Grossman off a puck at the Carolina blue line, skated down the left wing and roofed a shot from the left circle to make it a 3-1 game.
Some notes from the second period.
- The Stars outshot the Hurricanes 13-5 in the second period and have a 23-17 advantage for the game.
- Both teams are 0-3 on the power play. Carolina will have 49 seconds of power play time when the third period begins.
- James Neal has five shots on goal for the Stars.
- The Stars have won 26 of 51 faceoffs through two periods.
- Brad Richards has won 12 of 18.
The Stars made it a 4-1 game at the 3:21 mark with another goal off the rush. This time it was Jamie Benn knocking home a rebound off a battle in front of the net to run his goal scoring streak to three games.
There was a significant scrum three minutes later when Tim Gleason hit Adam Burish in the neutral zone. The end result was Gleason, Burish, Steve Ott and Trevor Daley all ending up in the penalty box and Carolina with a 2:00 power play. But the Stars killed it off to keep it a 4-1 game.
Carolina, which played yesterday in Washington, is playing its fourth game in six days. The Stars had yesterday off, but are playing their fourth in six days as well, all of them in different cities.
It looks like it will Kari Lehtonen vs. Cam Ward.
A tidbit from ESPN Stats and Research:
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has not enjoyed success in Carolina as he's just 1-5-1 in 7 career games there, all when he was with the Atlanta Thrashers. His last win in Carolina came on January 13, 2007.
Stars forward Krys Barch (foot) skated today, but is still out.
Stars defenseman Mark Fistric is still out with a groin injury. He's back in Dallas.
Monday November 29
About the Stars
The Stars won their third straight game and improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games with a 2-1 win in St. Louis Saturday night. It completed a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Blues and in both games the Stars rallied in the third period to win the game. Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves in Saturday’s game and Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson scored third period goal as the Stars overcame a 1-0 deficit.
“Our goalie played well in that first period, especially. I thought our best period was the last one and that’s what we needed it to be,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “For our club, probably the most gratifying thing for this victory is that we had contributions from a lot of people tonight.”
The Stars have won two straight on the road, both by 2-1 scores.
Lehtonen will likely start in goal Monday.
Injuries: RW Krys Barch (foot) and D Mark Fistric (groin) are out.
About the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss in Washington on Sunday. Carolina fell behind 2-0 in the first period but rallied to tie the game and force overtime. Cam Ward made 38 saves and Erik Cole and Erik Staal scored for the Hurricanes.
“The first period wasn’t our best. We came out a little sluggish,” said Staal. “But we got our legs in the second, battled back against a good team and managed to point out it. But it would have been nice to get a win.”
Three of the Hurricanes’ last five games have gone to a shootout, and they’ve come up short in each one.
Injuries: No significant injuries.
- This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Hurricanes this season.
- The teams played twice last season, with each team winning on home ice.
- The Stars are 1-6-1 in their last eight games at Carolina.
- The Stars have allowed four goals in their last three games and just two in their last two road games.
- Carolina has scored 43 goals over the last 12 games (3.58 per game) with 16 different players finding the back of the net.
- The Stars are 6-6 on the penalty kill over their last four games.
- The Stars have only been shorthanded a total of six times in the last four games. In the five games before that they were shorthanded an average of five times per game.
- The Hurricanes are 11-12 on the penalty kill over the last four games.
- Stars center Brad Richards has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) over the last 8 games and currently ranks 6th in NHL points with 28.
- Carolina forward Jeff Skinner is the youngest player in the NHL and leads the league in rookie scoring with 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists).
I thought Marc Crawford's timing was proper on getting mad with his team. He's shown patience as they adjust to a new system. But at some point, a tougher streak is needed. And that happened after Wednesday's loss in Carolina. Apparently, Crawford got on his team at Thursday's morning skate.
They came out and played hard Thursday night as you would expect. They outshot Atlanta 17-6 in the first period and dominated shots on goal for the game. If not for solid goaltending by the Thrashers' Ondrej Pavelec, the Stars might have scored 10 goals.
Dallas didn't get the win, but they must have that type of effort. There are defensive breakdowns that must be fixed and the Stars will probably have to find a way to play without Trevor Daley (shoulder) and Mark Fistric (head injury) on Saturday against Detroit. We should know more on the status of those two today.
Crawford, after Thursday's game, said he liked the effort. He'll have to be patient again with some players out with injuries. But I like that he got mad, had a team meeting and let everyone know about it. We'll see if it gets the Stars going during this holiday period where they play six of the next seven at American Airlines Center.