A quick Sunday Morning note for the blog since we have experienced quite a bit of hockey since last time I have blogged.
I must tell you that after watching the Boston game, where the Stars were out-classed pretty substantially, it was tough not to jump to some conclusions. That night seemed to bring to the forefront quite a few things that this team has as weaknesses; Blue Line Depth, Blue Line Quality, Secondary Scoring, and Face-Off Effectiveness all played a role on Friday.
The conclusions that some might jump to is the similarities at times, between this squad a year ago, and the present construction of the Dallas Stars.
Of course, the Bruins also had off since Monday, and were playing their first road game of the season, while Dallas was coming off the high of winning 6-0 on Wednesday versus Nashville.
Well, that was put to the test on Saturday in Chicago. Remember, last year, The Stars played a back-to-back on a Friday and Saturday night with the Bruins and Blackhawks. It might have been the low-point of the entire season. On Halloween night, the Stars were crushed by the Blackhawks 5-2 (with the back-up goalie starting), and then the next night, Saturday, Nov 1, they were crushed in Boston, 5-1, in a game best remembered for Jack Edwards going bananas as the Bruins and Stars fought below ...
This year, the Stars also ran their back-up goalie out in Chicago and got the game they needed from Alex Auld. Two starts for Auld, in Calgary and in Chicago - so no lay-ups for his baptism by fire - and he wins them both? In games where he saw tons of rubber from dangerous offenses? Nice job. This is just what we need from a back-up tender, and yes, the Stars were fortunate to get out of there with any points, and yes, there are still some major concerns in their own end, but to get 2 points on the 2nd night of a back-to-back is absolutely the kind of result you need to be there in the end.
It is nice to hear the opponent blaming their goalie for once, and Christobal Huet was sub-standard, while Auld took home the #1 star. Excellent work.
Big week with 3 divisional contests start Monday night at home with the Kings. They are certainly better than they have been, and will be another good test to see how the Stars react after being badly outplayed in their last home game.
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