Quick note after the Sunday night affair in Columbus against those Blue Jackets and Hitch...
More of the same on many fronts. Cannot get this offense jump started and you could see some visible frustration as they could not break through some frustrating Ken Hitchcock neutral zone trapping. Sometimes, you have to dump and chase, but like many teams, that is not something they like to do.
But, Marty Turco was very strong, making some nice saves, and keep the Stars at 1-0 for the entire night, no doubt hoping that would be enough to give them a chance to get the game level and steal a point or two.
One player I think is coming a long who needs a mention from his last few games is Mark Fistric. I was worried that the Stars had lost some faith in the 23 year old, and I sort of felt like they were telling us he was on the outside looking in when it came to the building blocks on the blueline. But, perhaps, the new regime sees something in him, as on Tuesday night he will match his season high in games played with 37. We forget that, I bet. He has just never been told he is in and to relax and play.
I like his strength and physicality, and now I feel like he is a lot calmer than he has been in the past. With Grossman being hurt, Fistric has stepped up and played 24 and 22 minutes in the last 2 games, and has taken a step forward.
And a +10 to lead the team? That may be slightly deceiving because he has not been given the big "shut down" assignments that some of his defensive colleagues have dealt with, but it does tell us he is making the most of what he has been given.
Very happy for him, as he has always been a favorite of mine. At some point, potential only goes so far, and performance must determine who you can believe in. Give me a dependable stay at home defenseman over a "shows flashes" offensive defenseman any day of the week.
But, that's just me.
Keep it up, Mark.
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