Thoughts from a 3-2 loss to the Flyers
March, 18, 2010
By Dennis Hall | ESPNDallas.com
The Stars had two beautiful goals tonight, both scored by Steve Ott off nice passes from Jamie Benn and Nicklas Grossman. What they needed was at least one ugly goal to go with them.
But it was Philadelphia that got the ugly goal -- the game-winner as it turns out, on a shot by Jeff Carter that hit both Trevor Daley and Scott Hartnell in front before bouncing into the goal.
Stars coach Marc Crawford pointed out in the post-game press conference that in a close game like this, it comes down to a handful of shifts. And there were definitely a few shifts he wanted back, including the ones that resulted in the Flyers' final two goals, the one by Hartnell and the other by Mike Richards off a bad Mike Ribeiro turnover.
"It's little things this time of year that make a difference in winning and losing," Crawford said. "You can never avoid making mistakes ... (but) those were two huge mistakes for us. You have to eliminate those."
Some other observations:
*Crawford thought both goalies were pretty average in this game. Lehtonen wasn't as sharp as he was Tuesday. Crawford declined to say who would start Saturday against Ottawa. With games on Saturday and Sunday, it's likely that Lehtonen and Marty Turco both get a start.
*Crawford praised Philly's top defensemen, Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen. Their physical play was a big reason why the Stars weren't able to muscle their way for any goals in the final two periods.
*The refs really swallowed their whistles in this one. Take away the game's one fight, and there were only six penalties called in the entire game, including only two against Dallas.
*Stephane Robidas was the Stars' best defensemen, as usual. He had four blocked shots and three games and led both teams with 25:50 of playing time.
*The D pair of Trevor Daley and Jeff Woywitka struggled to a minus-2 rating. Woywitka was out of position on the game-winning goal.
*Brad Richards had a minus-1 rating and continues to have the team's worst plus-minus rating at minus-16, which seems odd since he's also the team's leading scorer (76 points).