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Dallas 0, San Jose 1
Dallas 1, Chicago 3

BradG, in the comments section of Mike Heika’s post about Toby Petersen’s broken foot, explains it all:

The hockey gods called.

They said, “Even if we have to injure every single Dallas Star, you’re not making the playoffs this year.”

During the Chicago game, when the Stars were meandering around and not really doing much, Razor kept saying that they’re just not as good as the Blackhawks. I am not ready to debate that right now. I don’t like to think that that’s true, because I am used to the ‘Hawks being terrible. I see that they’re not terrible any more. I see that they’re legitimate this season.

But I’m not ready to say that we’re not as good as they are.

Now, the Sharks? We might not be as good as they are.

We are limping along with a team made up mostly of recently ex-AHL players. Bob Sturm was making this point on BaD Radio today, and I think it’s a good one. These are pretty good players, most have the potential to be great, but half the team was in the minors this season or last season. Several were in the minors a month ago.

Now that Petersen is injured, we’re really low on centers. I guess it’s a good thing our centers are the ones being injured, because we have a lot of them. But even with our big pile, we’re running out.

I took my friend Chris (in Allen) to the Chicago game and we had a great time (except for the score). I have a hard time seeing what’s really going on in a game I’m seeing live. (more…)

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Dallas 3, Columbus 2 (SO)

I’m getting to be continuing to be a slacker when it comes to recaps. You can’t accuse me of just avoiding the losses, though. I’ve skipped a few great wins, too. That’s how lazy I am.

The Columbus game last night was pretty exciting. Marty stopped 41 shots to keep us in the game. I’m not sure how we gave up that many shots. The second period was spent trying not to get scored on and we hardly spent any time in Columbus’ end. That’s probably part of it.

The Columbus goalie, Chris Steve Mason, stopped a few good chances, but that’s all the Stars had — a few.

Marty kept them in the game long enough to tie it, and then kept them tied until they got to the shootout. He was perfect in the shootout (although a couple of them stayed out on their own), and James Neal had a beautiful shot to win it.

Brad Richards got the first goal less than a minute into the game, which was good, but in the second period, was hit awkwardly from behind and appears to have injured his wrist.

The Stars have just confirmed what TSN was reporting last night. Brad’s wrist is broken and he’ll be out six to eight weeks.

This is a terrible blow. Terrible!

I feel awful for Brad. That has got to hurt, first of all. And it will be no fun for him if he’s out for a long time, after he’s finally become ingrained with the team. I imagine he is pissed.

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Dallas 3, Calgary 1

What a bright, happy, sunshiny game. I didn’t recognize several of the players out there for the Stars, but one important one was not there, so I enjoyed the game immensely.

Turco had a great game. He kept the Flames to one goal, in the face of 37 shots. That’s a lot, even for our much-maligned defense. You can say what you want about the kids on defense, but they don’t allow very many shots. In fact, they’re 5th-best in the league in shots-against per game. So Turco did better than he’s been doing while facing even more shots.

Toby Petersen was rewarded for his hard work with a nice goal in the first. Fabian Brunnstrom showed that one shift isn’t enough for him, by scoring a really pretty goal off his own rebound, and one-handed. And Loui Eriksson kept up his torrid pace with an empty-netter.

A well-played game by both teams. And we won it. It was very nice.

That’s two in a row now. Can’t say we haven’t had two in a row this season anymore.

I might change my mind about the Holiday Hat Trick, after all.

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Razor Reaugh explains everything on his blog today. He really knows how to capsulize the situation.

I think Jeff Halpern and Nik Hagman were wildly underrated nails and mortar guys. The loss of those two is really showing in the penalty kill. If you want to say that Hagman’s goal total is a fluke, we can debate that, but I don’t think anybody could claim he wasn’t a huge asset in his own zone. Same for Jeff Halpern.

Bob Sturm’s entry* kind of beat me to the punch today. I was ready to post about how they haven’t done well in the regular season since the Big Trade back in February. I’ll let him tell it.

He does say that it’s basically the same team, but I disagree with that. It seems very new to me. I keep feeling like there are a ton of new guys. The three rookies, Neal, Crombeen, and Brunnstrom, just seem familiar because we’ve heard of them before. Barch and Petersen were perennial healthy scratches last season. Richards is basically new and Avery is actually new. That’s seven. That seems like a lot of change to me.

It’s going to be a long week waiting to see what happens. They have already cast Neal, Fistric, and Conner to the four winds (okay, the minors). I’m a little worried about Fistric. I think in the long run he’s going to be a great defenseman. He’s having trouble right now, but defensemen take a long time to mature. He’s still very young in d-years, so I hope the vaunted GMs understand that and don’t do anything drastic. I’m okay if he’s in the minors right now, but we’re going to need him in the next few years, so don’t give up on him.

*After today, you’ll have to scroll down to the November 2 entry. For some reason, they don’t break them up into individual posts.

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Dallas 2, Chicago 5

See?  This is why I didn’t want to get my hopes up about the Wild game.  (I did, but I didn’t want to.)

I skipped the recap of that game, but Myra has a good one over on the great Laughs 2 Loud. It was a fun game and everything looked fixed. But as we see now, it’s still not fixed.

Tobias Stephan started this game and the last and he played pretty well in both. Yet tonight he ended up with 5 goals against.

Lots of lazy skating and more running into each other (which is really starting to irk me). I’ve never seen a team hit each other so much.

Right now, the Stars are a team of new guys. They don’t really know where to be or what to do, it seems. Avery, Brunnstrom, Petersen, Conner are all new and learning the system and that’s how they end up running into each other.

When they got down a goal, I think they overworked to get the next goal. Razor pointed this out and I agree. Still, they were down a goal and needed to score. They just ignored the part of the rink above the circles in the offensive zone and let go a lot of breakaways toward poor Stephan. (By the way, Stephan is a handsome dude. I mean really handsome. And he towers over Turco.)

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I’ll be honest with you. I hardly know Toby Petersen.

He came to the Stars in a trade from the Edmonton Oilers. But I’ve been a fan of Covered in Oil for a long time, so I had heard of him at least. He’s been around for a while, back and forth to and from the minors, but he stuck it out and now he has a two-year contract with the Stars.

Petersen played a few games during the regular season and didn’t infuriate anybody. Then when Jere Lehtinen and Stu Barnes were injured in the playoffs, the Stars struggled to contain the Wings’ Datsyuk and Zetterberg, so Dave Tippett tossed Petersen out there with Lundqvist and Eriksson, and he went nuts.

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