Some thoughts on Stars' 6-1 loss
March, 4, 2010
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
That was ugly. Again. The Stars fell 6-1 and have lost the first two games of the Olympic break by a combined score of 11-2. Some thoughts:
* Marty Turco just didn't have it. He allowed four goals on 11 shots and, unlike Tuesday's game, most of those goals were ones he should have stopped. He was lifted 1:50 into the second period.
* St. Louis sure is surging. They are now one point ahead of the Stars and seem ready to make a playoff push. The Stars are trending the other direction, though they have time to get things together.
* Kari Lehtonen got his first NHL action since last April. He gave up two goals, including one where he didn't get over in time on a quick pass. There seemed to be some rust, which is to be expected. But we'll see more of Lehtonen. He's likely to start Saturday in Pittsburgh.
* The Stars tried to get physical and there were two fights in the first period, but it didn't seem to do much for momentum. It was sure fun to watch Jamie Benn in his first NHL fight. He got two great punches in to finish it too.
* It's hard to tell if the Dallas defense was a huge issue because the goaltending wasn't good. But it sure seemed like Dallas wasn't quite with it in terms of coverage of on players without the puck. They did a better job in the third period, but by then the game was over.
* There weren't many scoring chances, either. Dallas had 29 shots, but how many were really good scoring chances? Not enough. The Stars just looked flat. Was it the break?
* The road ahead isn't easy. Dallas faces Pittsburgh, Washington and Buffalo away from American Airlines Center. This two-game losing streak means they really need to win two of the next three.