As I predicted, I’m all panicky now because they lost. I know it’s only one game out of nine that they didn’t get a point in. I should still be happy, right? It makes me really nervous. I wish they’d just win the dang Stanley Cup and get it over with so they can cling to the current players until they’re way past their prime and I can stop worrying about who will get traded.
I don’t think they played a bad game. It appeared to me that the New Jersey Devils came out a little slow and the Stars took advantage in the first period. Yes, Marty Brodeur gave up two comical goals, but the Stars were essentially in charge at first.
But in the second and third, while the Devils picked their game up in a big way, the Stars still seemed to think they were playing the first-period Devils. They just swarmed the defense the rest of the game. Zubov got caught being too patient a couple of times, and Ribeiro was attacked behind the net more than he’s used to. I think it was more what the Devils did late in the game than what the Stars didn’t do. I give a lot of credit to New Jersey for taking it over, rather than blame Dallas for coughing it up. There’s a (slight) difference.
Even though Ribs never really got his behind-the-net thing going, he had a pretty good game. He hits quite a bit for a little scrawny guy. Plus, he had a save tonight, just like Boucher did the other night. This time Turco was on the bench for the extra attacker, but it was still a good save.
After the second intermission, Ralph Strangis interviewed Jamie Langenbrunner. I really miss him. I tried to defend Armstrong when he was fired, but the more I was reminded that he traded Jamie and Joe Nieuwendyk the madder at him I got. Ralph and Jamie are still good friends, apparently, and are managing a fantasy football game together in a league with the guys on the Ticket’s BaD Radio.
One of the things I love most about Langer is that the name on his sweater goes halfway down his sleeves.
On a separate note, there’s some bad news from the injury front. Jere Lehtinen will have to have surgery after all. I’m not sure what a “sports hernia” is, but it seems to involve the abdominal muscles and it sounds very painful. Zubov spent the summer recovering from his. Hopefully, Lehtinen will be back by the All-Star Game, although it’ll be close.
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Up next is Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. That Crosby, he’s a good.