Some thoughts and observations after the Dallas Stars beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 Wednesday to snap a four-game road losing streak.
That was a nice bounce back effort considering Monday’s dud in Toronto. They played a solid 60 minute game, a really good road game. Nothing really fancy or pretty, but just a good, hardworking effort. They came out strong and finished strong in protecting that 2-1 lead.
It wasn’t pretty, that’s for sure. But sometimes that’s how you need to win ‘em on the road. They don’t give out style points in the standings, but you get two points for a win and that’s what the Stars needed.
The score isn’t an indication of how much better the Stars were in this game. They created a lot of quality chances (and missed on a few glorious ones) and gave up few.
The Stars were 0-4 on power play and are now 1-31 on the power play on the road. Some of the road woes didn’t get fixed Wednesday. The chances were there, but the finish wasn’t.
The Stars are 11-8-1 as they hit basically the quarter mark in their season. That’s not bad. It’s a .575 points percentage (or a pace for 94 points), which currently puts them eighth in West based on points percentage.
Last year at the 20-game mark they were 9-5-6, which had them ranked sixth in the West with a .600 points percentage.
Daniel Alfredsson, Alex Kovalev and Jason Spezza had a combined two shots on goal in the game. That says a lot about the effort.
Andrew Raycroft wasn’t really tested much, but he played a solid game in improving to 2-1-0 on the season. “We got another good performance from Andrew Raycroft,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “That’s always encouraging when your backup can go in and play that well.”
Raycroft has stopped 100 of 106 shots in his four appearances and five of the shots he didn’t stop came in that debacle in Colorado a couple weeks ago.
Really strong game from Brenden Morrow, who had the game-winning goal and led the Stars with five shots on goal. He’s now got nine goals on the season, which ties him for second on the team with Loui Eriksson.