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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 4, Edmonton 2

I used to be much more observant that I seem to be lately. I didn’t even realize until I read it in Richard Durrett’s post on Heika’s blog this morning that Steve Ott was wearing an “A” on his sweater.

Ott said he came in and it was [sewn] on his jersey.

“It’s a big honor to wear a letter for your team and I am very proud to have that ‘A’ on my chest,” said Ott

I got an immediate mental picture of Ott in the dressing room, clutching his jersey to his chest as his eyes well up with tears.

Ott has a chance to wear the “A” as an alternate captain because Brad Richards can’t do it for a while. In hockey, the “A” is pretty important, especially to a guy like Ott who is working hard to be a leader on the team in the absence of Brenden Morrow and Sergei Zubov and now Richards.

To me, this is just more of Dave Tippett’s genius. Tipp knows what works for each of his players. This season he has uncharacteristically called out Richards a couple of times in post-game interviews and Brad responded by going on scoring streaks.

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