I can’t believe it. The Stars beat the Red Wings again! In Detroit!
So much happened with just one win! They won three in a row for the first time, they won one in Detroit’s own arena, they prolonged Detroit’s surprising losing streak.
We didn’t give up any goals in the third period!
We’re inching up the standings. We’re part of the big batch o’ 51s now — right in the middle at #9, based on tiebreakers. We’re right ahead of Columbus and we’ll be playing them on Saturday. If we can win that game, it will put a little distance between us and them. And if the other teams can lose, we might vault up into 7th or something! (I get tired-head trying to figure it all out.)
This game was executed beautifully. The Stars scored often and early. Then when they were ahead, they didn’t back off. They kept trying to score and kept hounding the puck all night.
They stole the puck in the neutral zone over and over and over, and along the boards they won one puck battle after another. Turco looked great. He made the big saves, but he wasn’t bombarded. He didn’t let Holmstrom throw him off his game.
Steve Ott had a great game. He set the physical tone and also scored the first goal from right in front of the net. They chased Osgood and then got one on Conklin when he relieved him.
Brad Richards had a good game. Mike Modano was all over the place. Conner made himself known and also got one of the goals. Robidas, Niskanen, Daley and Grossman all did well.
The Stars supported each other the whole 60 minutes. When one guy was in a battle for the puck, there was always a teammate there to take it when it came free.
The Red Wings seemed frustrated a lot of the game, just from all the turnovers the Stars caused.
Just a great game all the way around.
I still can’t get over the fact that we won the season series. Seems like only last season we didn’t win a single regular season game against them and this year we won three!
I’m not going to call this a turning point, but we might want to put a little mark next to this one in case we need to look back and find one.