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Dallas 1, Nashville 3
Sean Avery, the guy we brought in to agitate and play on the edge and stir things up, got two game misconducts. In the second game of the season. He’s on pace for 82 game misconducts. Good job.
Seriously, though. He can’t have any more all season without getting suspended. Either he’ll be suspended a lot or he’ll have to rein in his big selling point.
To be fair, that wasn’t the problem with the game. Avery was kicked out early and the Stars went on to play a bad game.
They gave up the first goal in the first minute. They got it back when Trevor Daley scored a minute later. That’s Daley’s second goal in two games. (He’s on pace for 82 goals!) Both goals were very nice shots that are just a bit high and manage to miss about every player standing between him and the goalie. I think Bouche has been giving him pointers. Daley was one of the bright spots through the whole game.
I don’t have the energy to describe what started all the stuff that eventually got Avery kicked out of the game. Turco was bumped by that punk, Tootoo, who knew just what he was doing. Then Steve Ott grabbed Tootoo by his lapels and pushed him up against the wall (which I thought was pretty cool). Then B.J. Crombeen and some Pred fought. Apropos of nothing, Avery picked a fight with Hamhuis over by the bench. No idea why. He might need to read the rulebook again and try to avoid unnecessary stuff that gets you game misconducts.
It’s only two games, but I don’t like the disjointedness that seems to be part of their game right now. It takes time to build chemistry, of course, but I’m still a little ticked about all the chemistry they undid over the summer, just to have to start over again.