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Stars 1, Canucks 7

That game was not good.

The Canucks worked the dive to their advantage and the Stars refused to dive, to their disadvantage. But that’s not why they got their heads handed to them.

A save would have helped. Even just a couple of penalty kills would have helped. Maybe a power play goal would have helped.

I was letting the previous game against the Flames kind of roll off my back since I didn’t have to watch it with my own eyes. And since they’ve been on such a run of wins, I couldn’t just dive into negativity after one loss, no matter how humiliating. But two in a row makes it hard to keep a brave face.

I’m going to try, though.

It’s not the end of the world yet. Two horrible games in a row could be a chance for the Stars to remember that it’s not going to be easy. They aren’t great yet. They’ve been pretty good, but they are going to have to work really hard to keep it up for the rest of the way.

The goalies, both Lehtonen and Raycroft, have been propping up the rest of the team for a little while. It’s probably going to be helpful that they get a good look at what the skaters need to work on.

Of course, that’s presuming that both goalies snap out of it right away. Even if other issues are improved, we’ll still need the great goaltending we’ve been having up until now.

And nothing had better be wrong with Jamie Benn. Forget all that other stuff. Nothing had better be wrong with Jamie Benn.


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(Name that movie.)

I know I keep saying it, but this is crazy!

I’ll be honest with you: I’m not a Capitals fan. But they are leading the Eastern Conference and they do have a couple of high-powered offensive guys so it’s a really good win for the Stars.

The Stars started out kind of flat-footed, and Razor spent the first half of the game talking about how great the Capitals are at everything. It’s possible he says that about every team that catches the Stars sluggish in the first period of a game, but it seems a little over the top to me. I might be overly-sensitive since I’m so not a Capitals fan. Dallas has started many a game that way so it’s not really any great feat to look good against them in the first half of the game.

But, like they’ve been doing, the Stars overcame their start and began to push back in the 2nd period. Unlike a lot of games like that, they didn’t give up any goals while they got their legs under them. So when the power play finally spent some time in the offensive zone, Mike Ribeiro was able to finally get the first goal of the game.

Ribeiro is really looking good these days. He’s fighting hard for pucks and making good moves and just climbing all over the puck. Last night he could have had three just in that shift, if the puck hadn’t been bouncing like a ball.


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