When I predicted a roller-coaster season, I meant the season. Not the opening game.
I have a feeling I’m right about the season, too.
My lovely sister (in Keller) and I went to the game. I love to go to the home opener and I’ve been making a point of it. This was my third year in a row. We met up between periods with Myra (and the Kid) and Caitlin and Jen. It’s always so fun to see fellow Stars bloggers. We all tried not to get too worked up about how things were going, so we had fun chatting.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not very good at analyzing the game when I go to the AAC. I need Ralph and Razor to help me out with what’s going on. But even I could see that the first period was Slop. Py. Sloppy!
They couldn’t catch a pass or find a loose puck. Several times, Stars players ran into each other. Still, at the end of it they were only down one goal.
The second period looked great. They scored a couple of goals and were feeling good about themselves. They’re in the game, their nerves are gone, things are going to start going right.
Unfortunately they still had to play the third period. They seemed to not know what to do. I’m not sure what was going on. They’d start a play well, then just hang back. As my sister used to tell her little YMCA basketball players, it’s not the “give and stand there.”
The third started out awful. Then it looked like they might be able to claw their way out with an exciting comeback on two goals at the end, 30 seconds apart. I was snickering about how mad all the “fans” who left early were going to be. Then they lost it in overtime. So I guess we were both right.
The defense seemed pretty good in general. Trevor Daley made some great plays, and scored the tying goal. Matt Niskanen made at least three impressive poke checks, sending the puck behind the puck carrier and taking it the other way. I thought Philippe Boucher looked very good. He was a +1 for the game. He didn’t seem rusty or nervous.
Turco looked really good, yet he gave up 5 goals. And I already mentioned I thought the defense looked good. I thought the forwards looked pretty bad, yet they scored four goals. I’m telling you, I have no idea what’s going on when I’m at the rink.
One thing I could tell was that James Neal looks like a keeper. I love to see rookies get goals in their first game. He’s been pretty highly-touted and I can see what they mean. He was all over the place. He was in front of the goal a lot, when nobody else wanted to bother. His goal was a very pretty one. He streaked in across the slot and Stéphane Robias sent a fancy pass that Neal backhanded over the goalie. Very nice indeed.
Speaking of Daley’s goal, I thought this was an interesting stat from the Stars site about Modano’s assist on it:
– Mike Modano, with an assist on Daley’s goal, collected his 23rd career point in a season opener. He ranks second among active players in that department, compiling nine goals and 14 assists in those games over the course of his career. He trails just Colorado’s Joe Sakic, who has registered 11 goals and 26 points in openers.
You only get one season opener every season, so that is a pretty impressive number. This is his 19th season.
I was anxious to get home and watch the game on TiVo, mainly to find out why Michael Peca was kicked out of the game. I watched the game and even Ralph and Razor didn’t know. Then we found out. He touched an official. That’s a no-no. Even if he just grabbed his arm, it doesn’t matter how innocuous it is, you can’t intentionally touch a ref. If it was left up to interpretation, we’d be having all kinds of trouble. Guys would be “accidentally” bumping them all the time.
I was thrilled to hear Razor say that all home games this season would be in HD, and that they’re trying to get as many away games as possible in HD, too. I just have one tiny suggestion, if anybody from the “truck” is reading. That picture was way too hot. The ice was burning my retinas.
Just like the Stars, I’m already in a hole after only two games. I know how the next one turns out, so I can’t be all peppy and encouraging. I’ll have a recap of that game up soon. We’ll see then if I can muster anything positive at the end of that one.