Don't like the weather in North Texas? Wait a few minutes.
Don't like the way the Dallas Stars are playing? Wait a game.
That is right, this team plays good hockey and it plays bad hockey. And it alternates between the two seemingly every time it takes the ice.
On October 28, the Stars beat the Toronto Maple Leafs at home, 4-3, on James Neal's OT goal.
From then until now: Win, OT Loss, Loss, OT Loss, Win, Loss, Win, Loss, Win, Loss, Win
Last night's win against New Jersey was as encouraging as Thursday's loss to Columbus was discouraging.
But, it was another win against an elite team that has included their last 3 wins: San Jose, Detroit, and New Jersey. That is quite a resume.
Last night featured a resilient team that was determined to silence the critics after the Blue Jackets debacle of Thursday. When they focus and play with conviction and physicality, they are very difficult to deal with. Even without James Neal, I thought they brought the noise very well and got after it.
Then, we saw two of the best offensive plays by Stars players that you have seen in quite a while. Mike Ribeiro
's pass to Stephane Robidas
for his goal was a patient thing of beauty that is often overlooked and underrated amongst the NHL Media. I guess Ribs really burned bridges in Montreal, because no matter how often he shows he is a genius with the puck, you cannot get anyone in the NHL world to talk about how well he has played since moving to Dallas.
Then, we saw Brad Richards' sweet between-the-legs, no-look pass that Tom Wandell
finished for the game-winning goal by pushing it past Marty Broduer. A brilliant pass, a huge goal, and the AAC when bananas.
Wandell has not been talked about enough. Love his game, love his speed, and it appears he has a knack for knowing what to do with the puck. He does take a ton of hits, like Robidas, so it will be interesting to see if his body can hold up, but I like his game. Man, the Stars have a bright future with all of these kids. It isn't 2003 anymore in that department.
Robidas with a big night, Richards and Ribs both doing their things, and a win to hang your hat on.
Now, Carolina and St Louis left on the homestand before Thanksgiving. The games are coming fast and furious. 2 in a row?
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