I’d like to direct everybody to my first post where I explain how I’m lazy and lack dedication to anything.
So even though Friday night’s game against the Avalanche(s?) was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time, I still haven’t posted anything about it. Part of the problem is that I’m being like Mike and getting all flustered by an event that is looming. I’m hosting my family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year and I can’t really concentrate on anything until that’s over. And it’s not like I’m getting anything done on that front, either, I’m just thinking about it a lot.
So, sorry I’m late.
It was just a great game all around. The Stars seemed to have the puck the whole time. The spent tons of time in the Avs’ zone and just kept them under their thumb the whole night.
I’m so thrilled for Jussi Jokinen. He got four goals in one game for the first time in his career. Three of them in the 2nd period alone. That had to be one of those games that you never forget. I’ve been on his side all along. I feel like he can be a great player, but it’s taking him a little time to get going. Sure, he’s a “shootout specialist” as lots of non-Dallas media like to call him. But he wasn’t brought in to do that–it was a pleasant surprise. He had a great rookie year even if you didn’t count the shootout fun. But, like many do, he had a little bit of a sophomore slump, and if you judge a player’s long-term worth to you based on his second year in the league, you’re going get burned a lot. Hopefully, this is the beginning of his figuring out how to be great in this league. If confidence was what he needed, I think it will be.
And don’t even get me started on Sergei Zubov. He had four assists in the game, and the pass he made on Jussi’s hat trick goal was unbelievable. He faked out every Av that was on the ice. In the replay it’s comical! Every one of them is looking at Zubov and bracing for the shot they assume is coming, and he passes it to Jussi who is behind all of them. Un-frickin’-believable. Zubov already has 15 assists and is 2nd in the league in scoring by a defenseman.
I thought Loui Eriksson did a good job. I only mention it because everybody’s always bashing him, so I kept an eye on him. I don’t think he got any points, but he stole some pucks and kept some pucks from being stolen quite a bit, so that’s good. I’m still not sure why Lundqvist is still in Iowa. I like Conner and Eriksson, but I also think Joel is just as good, plus he hits.
Excellent work all around, boys. I dare you to do it again on Monday.