The Kings even felt sorry for us. Anze Kopitar scored the 5th goal with just seconds to go and basically apologized for it.
That run of games before the Olympic break looked like it might be something building. We were all optimistic and we were just a point out of 8th place. Turco was back, we were scoring. All a mirage, it appears now.
Turco wasn’t at his best. Again. But he wasn’t the only one. Again. Brad Richards passed the puck to a Kings player more often than to a teammate. Steve Ott tripped over his own stick at one point. Krys Barch was Krys Barch.
Mike Modano had some good jump and Mike Ribeiro made a gorgeous play to score the one goal for the Stars. I liked the Modano-Ott-Lehtinen line a lot. They seemed to be trying to accomplish something (even though they didn’t).
After the third goal, they showed Joe Nieuwendyk in the pressbox shaking his head. SEETHING. He might be regretting the decision not to ship everybody out and start over. He’s probably thinking back on some of those offers for Turco that he thought weren’t worth considering.
This season has been up and down throughout. A couple of good games and we all think that’s it–now they’re going to get on a roll. Then they have a game like this and it’s obvious they’re never going to. With the standings as close as they are, we just can’t lose any games until we have moved up a little. I’m pretty sure it’s not going to happen. The Stars are probably going to miss the playoffs for the second year in a row.
I guess the trouble between DirecTV and Comcast isn’t going to be that big a problem come playoff time, after all.