This one didn’t seem that bad when I was watching it. It didn’t seem like all the other games where we gave up five goals. It was 3-2 right up until the last couple of minutes. A huge weight has been lifted off my hockey shoulders, so that game was just fine with me. So we lost. We’re doing a lot better. Hopes are up.
I was out of town for a long weekend so I didn’t watch Friday’s game against the Avs until Monday. I TiVo-ed it and managed (not surprisingly) to avoid any hockey talk the whole weekend. I was helping my parents (in Central Texas) give tours of their renovated 1872 Farmhouse Victorian, which was on their town’s Christmas Tour of Homes. Fortunately, none of the visitors blurted out the Stars score.
The Avs game had a lot of firsts, it seems. It was the first time all season that Marty Turco even came close to a shutout. Even Razor was trying not to mention it, but the hockey gods know what he means by “clean sheet” and Turco gave it up with less than a minute to go. Oh well! Tra-la-la!
Mike Modano continues to impress. He was great in both games. In the OT against the Avs, he was all over the place, even going in with Chris Conner (who’s also had a couple of really good games) on a breakaway. Modano is the oldest guy out there, but he doesn’t seem to lose energy at all.
The shootout was plenty suspenseful. Another first: winning it. Ribeiro’s shootout goal was pret-tee nice. He sped up, slowed down, the snapped the puck right into the net. Then Modano came up big again and got the shootout winner.
We’re winning a couple here. It won’t be long before we get a couple guys back. The cloud has lifted from the locker room. I got to watch two more games without seeing number 16 on the ice. Life is good.