Several good things happened in this game, and several not so good.
Ribeiro extended his point streak to seven games with a suh-weet goal where he flung it at Nik Khabibulin’s back and it ricocheted into the net. He knew exactly what he was doing. He works a lot from behind the net, and most of the time the defenders leave him alone for some reason. I notice that when someone is trying to work that way against the Stars, somebody usually challenges the guy.
Boucher finally got his first goal of the season. He also got an assist, but he was a minus 2. It was becoming a very exciting game by that time. He’s been keeping up with the assists, but I think it’s been weighing on him that he hasn’t had a goal yet.
Hagman got another short-handed goal. I think that leads the league now. I flipped over to the post-game show on The Ticket for about 10 seconds and I heard whoever was with Bob talking about the Stars lack of a scorer and he said that sure, Hagman’s scored a lot, but that doesn’t really count. That’s why I only listened for 10 seconds.
I actually turned on the post-game show right when I got back in my car and Bob Sturm was trying to make a point that, I admit, I didn’t stick around for. But I think what he might have been saying was that Chicago has all these great kids and who does Dallas have that can compare? I can only hope that he wasn’t saying that Doug Armstrong has failed to do what Chicago has done to bring in the skilled kids. Because the way they have done it is to SUCK for many years. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are not available for teams that make the playoffs. I’m sure if the Stars had had the number one pick in the draft, Army would have picked Patrick Kane, too. That probably wasn’t Sturm’s point, but I wouldn’t be surprised. My friends at IPB are trying to help me break my sports talk radio addiction. I’m really trying.
Back to the good stuff. Even though they were on the other team, and didn’t do us any favors, Kane and Toews are pretty fun to watch. It’s good they’re in the West, since we hardly ever get to see Sid or Ovie in the East. Each of them got a goal. I think Razor said that Toews has a point in each of his first ten games in his NHL career, let alone the first ten in a season, let alone ten in a row. Amazing!
We came from behind to take the lead!
It was good that I got to watch it in person, and it was just as good that I got to re-watch it in HD the next day. Mmmmm…HD. So pretty.
On the bad side, we lost. And I really felt for Modano. I’m guilt-ridden for cheering uncontrollably when I thought he had gotten the assist. I hope he doesn’t worry too much about the awkwardness because it certainly wasn’t his fault. Maybe he should have found the nearest ref and made him make the announcement on his little ref-mic. But short of that, there wasn’t much the poor guy could do. I think Modano is an over-thinker, like me. This is the impression I get from interviews and such. I picture him worrying a lot about things like that when other guys just let it roll off their backs. I can sympathize, because I have the same problem. I hope he gets both points in the Phoenix game tomorrow night, plus two more for good measure.
And giveaways. Rampant! They really need to work on that.
During one of the intermissions, they played a big chunk of the Thriller video on the Jumbotron, and while it played there were fun facts shown on the screen next to it. I counted FOUR TYPOS in those little blurbs. If somebody that works for the Stars is reading this, please call me. I need to go over all your materials before they go out. I’ll do it for tickets instead of a salary.
Also, Stars people, check with me on your promo plans, because that Hanson Brothers thing was triple-lame. I wouldn’t have thought there’d be a market for it, but I happened to sit behind a guy that was showing his pal his Hanson Brothers scrapbook. I don’t get it, I thought, but what do I know? But it sounded like he was the only fan of theirs in the building.