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.