Thanks to the lovely station that is Versus, I didn’t get to see game 1 and since I don’t have Center Ice I didn’t get to see game 2….so, my views about the first two games are pretty much limited to what I could see on replays. Let’s give this a shot…
We’re up 2-0 in the series (again)! I am happy with this result, obviously, but I’m not quite satisfied with the performances the Stars have been putting out. “WHAT?!?!” you say? I’m not happy we won an OT game and blasted the Sharks out of the water last night? No, I’m just saying that I don’t want the team to just limp into games and manage to scrape out a win. Please, for the love of everything that is hockey, play from the first face-off! That’s all I really want. I think many fans would love to see the Stars close out the series at home on Wednesday, and that is very possible if the guys do come out to play the way they can. I’ve heard musings on the Stars lulling the Sharks to sleep and then dominating the 3rd period (and OT), but I’m not so sure that was the game plan.
Let’s take a look at a few keys in the series so far:
The Artful: Marty’s play has been great so far this series; he’s kept his eye on the puck and made many of what Razor would call his “cerebral” saves. Smarty Marty, indeed! Nabakov has been great as well; he certainly isn’t out of this series and no one should count him out because of a game of crappy play.
The Asinine: Jonathan Cheechoo, I HATE you. Yes, you. You and your predilection for sitting on Marty in the net is just not cool. He doesn’t need a lap dance, Mr. Cheechoo. Goaltender Interference, anyone?
The Artful: The center trio for the Stars has performed admirably in the past two games, netting 6 points just in game 2 alone. Ribsy, Mo, and Richards have been a force on three strict lines, but now that one or more of the guys will be double-shifting while we play with 7 D-men, a whole new set of opportunities may arise. And as always, our lovely Captain has been his usual self. If you need me to explain that one, you must live on Mars.
The Asinine: There’s not much to say except, WAKE UP BEFORE THE 3rd PERIOD!
The Artful: Ahh, wasn’t it nice seeing the DMN Stars Blogtell us Zubie was in right before the game last night? I almost threw my laptop on the ground when I jumped up in surprise/happiness at the news. And that spin-o-rama no look pass to Mo. Simply beautiful. The d has played well this series, but I’d like to see more.
The Asinine:Daley, Daley….don’t crap out on us! Against the quackers, Daley used his speed and his brain to great avail….but this series, no dice. Daley had multiple defensive brain farts in game 2, one of which ended up in the net behind Marty. Nisky still isn’t up to his potential, but at least he’s been invisible rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. Is this a sign of an upturn in his play? I hope so; he can do so much better.
Everything so far has been pretty neutral. The PK’s of both sides have triumphed and faltered, not much news there. Here’s hoping PK and PP for the Stars drifts towards the artful category in games 3 and 4.
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