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Stars fall in shootout to Blues, 4-3

11/26/2009

A late goal by Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow on a deflection -- with :25.4 seconds left and goalie Marty Turco on the bench for an extra skater -- tied the score and gave the Stars an unlikely point after they fell behind for the first time in the third. The St. Louis Blues won in a shootout to get the other point. You can view a replay of Wednesday's in-game chat here.

Discuss:

  • The Stars honored Brett Hull in a nice pregame ceremony. You could tell Hull was touched. He'll be honored by the Blues on Dec. 15.

  • Brenden Morrow got the tying goal, his first since Nov. 6 and just his second in the last 15 games. Morrow did what he does well: crashed the net. The puck found him and went in. Morrow also had a big defensive play late in the overtime to keep the score tied.

  • Nice timeout by coach Marc Crawford. The Stars won a faceoff in the Blues end and moved the puck around. I'm not sure if that's how they drew it up, but the Stars looked organized. That's why that timeout can be useful.

  • Stars got the first goal of the game on the power play but couldn't do much on the man-advantage after that. Dallas had trouble keeping the puck in the zone and finding shooting lanes. They had chances to take control of the game on the power play and didn't. The one PP goal was good (by Stephane Robidas), but they didn't make the PP a game-breaking unit on Wednesday. That included a chance with less than 5 minutes left in the game and the Stars down by 1.

  • Marty Turco got better as the game progressed, saving 32 shots in regulation. It was probably tough on Turco to get in a rhythm because he wasn't tested regularly early in the game. He would probably like another chance to save the shootout shot by Brad Boyes.

  • Turnovers were an issue for the Stars. They weren't consistent in taking care of the puck, especially in the neutral zone. The Blues weren't much better and it created some sluggish play at times.

  • The line of Toby Petersen-Tom Wandell-Krys Barch was a good one on Wednesday for Dallas. Barch was physical and made some nice passes and Wandell and Petersen had good chemistry, generating chances.

  • James Neal returned to the lineup from his two-game suspension. It took him some time to get into the flow again, but he had a few hits and a few shots.

  • Robidas played well, as usual. He got the goal and was solid defensively as he collected plenty of ice time.

  • The Blues dominated the faceoff circle on Wednesday, hurting Dallas' chances to keep puck possession and create some momentum.