What is it about that arena?
Why do the Stars play so well generally in San Jose when they play so poorly generally in Detroit? Welcome to Sports, young man.
For some reason, San Jose is easier to play in than Phoenix, and it doesn't make sense. But, when you are on the right side of a roll, don't ask questions - take your 2 points and move along.
Friday was a heck of a game from a standpoint of players that seem to have real problems with each other, and would be more than happy to settle it on the ice. Ryan Clowe, Steve Ott, Brenden Morrow, Frazer McLaren - the usual suspects, right?
A physical game with plenty of attitude, but after the Sharks got out of the 1st period with a 2-1 lead, the game seemed to shift in momentum as the Stars continued to press forward, and the Sharks could never get that elusive 3rd goal.
Ah yes, a Stars problem - but it is infecting many other teams. Sometimes the best way to deal with the idea that your favorite hockey team is "fatally flawed" is to check out some other teams dealing with the same things. Look at the Sharks, my gold standard for the league right now, plays 5 games in the Shark Tank, loss in shoot-out to the Blues, Loss to Calgary, Loss in a OT to the Kings, Loss in a shoot-out to the Stars. 8 points to be had, 3 are taken during their homestand. Can't kill games, can't score enough. Sound familiar?
I bet some radio guy in San Jose is complaining about lack of consistency and questions the true quality of the team from top to bottom. Sounds silly, right?
Anyway, as the game went on, I kept thinking that the Stars were in great shape. As the 3rd Period started, I became convinced that the Stars were about to tie this thing up. In fact, those who follow me on Twitter Saw This:
This game sits here waiting for the Stars.
|Defenseman Matt Niskanen (5) smiles after making the winning goal during a shootout to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) |
Hardly the most insightful thing ever tweeted, but the point was simply that the game had that certain feel to it. And the Stars were on the proper side. It sure is interesting in our early looks at Stars hockey in 2009-10 that we are finding that you almost don't want to be the team playing from ahead in the 3rd period of some of these games. I know it seems silly to say, but Whether it was Saturday against Edmonton, Tuesday at Anaheim, or last night, it sure seemed like it was a matter of time before the team behind caught and then passed the leader as the game developed. Regardless, the Stars got the goal from Brad Richards - who else? - and then took part in another exciting and successful shootout. The Stars are 0-6 in Shootouts that take place outside of San Jose, California, and 2-0 in shootouts inside the city. What makes that truth even more crazy is that the heroes in both shootouts are unlikely defensemen, Stephane Robidas a month ago, and Matt Niskanen last night.
The win puts the Stars at 37 points in 31 games, and are now on the heals of the Coyotes again (38). They must go visit another division-mate that they had owned for years, but that ownership expired a few years back it would appear in those Los Angeles Kings. Something crazy seems to happen in that barn every time the Stars visit now, and by the way, the Kings look less and less like a "fluke" the longer this season rolls along. They are just a talented squad with some direction and some goaltending it would appear.
Should be a good show on Saturday Night - Now, if we could just figure out how to get it on everyone's television! In a season where it has not been very easy to find your hockey games, here is the latest missive from Fox Sports:
Saturday’s Stars Game Available on FOX Sports Plus
Saturday’s Dallas Stars-Los Angeles Kings game at 9:30 p.m. will be televised on FOX Sports Plus, a channel used by participating cable and satellite TV systems to accommodate program conflicts on FOX Sports Southwest. Coverage begins at 9:00 p.m. with the Stars Live pregame show, and will be available in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on:
· Time Warner – Digital Channel 960 (requires digital cable box)
· DirecTV – Channel 677, Channel 677-1 HD
· Dish Network – Channel 448, Channel 9518-HD
· AT&T U-Verse – Channel 755, Channel 1755-HD
The game also will be joined live in progress on FOX Sports Southwest’s main channel at approximately 10:30 p.m. after the Bobcats-Mavericks postgame show, giving viewers whose program providers don’t carry FOX Sports Plus an opportunity to watch the rest of the contest.
If your program provider is not listed above, you are encouraged to contact them and request that they carry FOX Sports Plus so you won’t miss out any Stars action this season. If you live outside of Dallas-Fort Worth, check with your local program provider for availability of FOX Sports Plus in your area.
Charter Cable customers: We are working with Charter on equipment issues to make all Stars games on FOX Sports Plus available to their customers. Unfortunately, Charter won’t have the necessary equipment installed to receive Saturday’s game. We’re hopeful they’ll have the issue resolved in time for the next and final Stars game of the season carried on FOX Sports Plus on Jan. 22.
Verizon Fios customers: Verizon has been unable to deliver the FOX Sports Plus feed due to technical issues. We continue to explore options with them to pick up the service. Verizon is aware of the problem and is working on a solution.
As FOX Sports Southwest continues to add more local programming, it will use FOX Sports Plus to simultaneously offer multiple events on two channels. In addition to the Stars, FOX Sports Plus programming includes college football, college basketball, high school sports and other local events.
Until next time...
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