Yeah, we feel the same way, Daley! Whether or not the sky was clear in Dallas last night, the Stars were shining last night!
I believed we could do it, but I’m still in shock! It’s an AMAZING feeling knowing we at least beat the Quackers and we’re alive to play another series!
But seriously, about that next series…If the guys play the way they did in the 3rd last night, we are going to be playing well into the WCF (I hope) and more. If this is our February Stars coming back to life, I think we may just be pleasantly suprised about the outcomes to come.
The problems as I see it:
There are only a few things I have seen that were troublesome in this series. Matt Niskanen, while he is certainly one of my favorite young guys on the team, his play was lacking at best through the series. The old “give him time, he’s just a rookie” excuse doesn’t work when Grossman and Fistric were dominating their shifts. I expect he will be better in the next series, but I still worry. Another concern I have is the same one I always have for the guys: can they keep the momentum going through a whole series? I hate seeing those meltdown moments like games 3 and 5 and I don’t expect anyone cheering for the Stars does either. Those horribly inopportune fizzle-out moments cannot happen anymore…it’ll be the end of the run for the guys if it does.
All the bad stuff aside, the guys’ “lock it down” motto and pack playing worked wonders! Norstrom was phenomenal in the series and every bit the veteran player he has needed to be! The depth in all of the lines was the key to this series win; there wasn’t a line that failed contribute! I was even impressed by Richards….that is, when he didn’t fall down and cough up the puck. Someone get that boy some better skates! But all in all, I was pleased with Richards’ contributions to the series.
My 3 Stars of the Series:
3. Marty Turco – It was said that Marty HAD to be the best player on the team or the Stars would fall out early in the series. His first two games were stellar and not a speck less than what most people expected from him. His play was also shaky in the 2 losses to the Quackers, but had he not been in goal, the score might have been 7+ against the Stars in those 2 games.
2. Brenden Morrow – His addition point-wise was not the only major contribution our Captain brought to the ice, as usual. His grit and passion kept the Stars alive in the weakest points of the series. Also, his absence in those 10 minutes he missed with a misconduct showed just how much the team needed him to keep the fire going.
1. Stephane Robidas – Need I really explain this one? Robi may not have had the most points in the series, but he certainly earned all 6 points and the place as the hardest working player in the series. He started the series and ended the series scoring for the Stars. He played team high minutes out on the ice. He took a puck in the face and broke his nose, yet came back to play minutes later. Robi is the epitome of heart and soul on this team along with Brenden Morrow. With underrated players like him, we may suprise many people.
Ohh and a side-note here:
I ordered a Robi jersey last night! Quite an impressive feat for me since I have problems buying anything that doesn’t have a 35 on it! 🙂