I think I actually saw smoke coming out of Dave Tippett’s ears during the post-game media scrum. I could hear Mike Heika, off-camera, trying to ask him questions and getting one-syllable answers through gritted teeth.
When somebody asked about Matt Niskanen, though, Tipp was happy to elaborate on how well he’s doing and how well-like by his teammates and coaches he is. Happy Meals got a goal in front of a crowd of friends and family that had been bused in from his tiny home town of Virginia, Minnesota, just a few hours away. It’s too bad they lost the game so badly.
I should probably keep in mind that there are teams that are doing way worse than we are, but this game was very frustrating. After getting smacked by Detroit, they should have brought a lot more to this game than they did. Sure, they shouldn’t have been surprised that Detroit beat them, but it still should have made them mad.
Brenden Morrow did not have a good game. I love Brenden Morrow and I think he’s a great player, but he’s having some trouble handling the puck lately. It seems to me that he is too often trying to make a fancy play, when he should just shoot it. Or at least pass it. Just not behind the back or without looking, or into a pile of the other team! He lost it to Minnesota way too many times last night.
Morrow did pick a fight with Aaron Voros last night, which turned out to be a good one. I’m not a proponent of the artificial fight that is just for name-making, or energy-boosting, or message-sending, etc. But I am a fan of the fight where at least one of the players is extremely angry. I don’t think Morrow was that mad at Voros, but he was definitely mad. He just probably didn’t think it would be good form to beat up his linemates. Or Turco.
I’ve gone on and on about how amazing Mike Ribeiro can be with his slick deke-y moves. But when it’s not working, he needs to try something else. He’s not fooling people lately, but he won’t give up on it. Even when he was racking up the goals, I was not enjoying the “slowing things down” trick he does. He will go into the zone alone, basically on a breakaway, and then just stand there until everybody from both teams joins him, then he’ll either (a)wait until somebody just takes it away from him or (b)bounce it off the nearest shinpad.
I’m not going to mention the fact that Mike Modano missed a faceoff because he wouldn’t stop arguing with the referees. Sheesh.
Nik Hagman, whom I love, had a pretty good game last night. He was all over the place, trying to make plays, and got an assist on Stu Barnes’ goal. You never have to tell Hagman that he needs to work harder.
I know that this losing streak doesn’t mean that we’re going to miss the playoffs or something. But it is worrisome, and I tend to worry. They don’t stay on long losing streaks, as a rule — I think they haven’t gone to four in a row in quite some time, maybe several seasons — but with Detroit coming up again tomorrow, they might. Man, I hate the Red Wings.
The Stars need to use this anger and frustration that they’re undoubtedly feeling and take it out on the Wings. That’s the only way.