It was not a productive road trip for the Stars, who lost 5-2 to the Rangers on Wednesday after a shutout loss to the Devils on Tuesday. Sean Avery helped the Rangers grab the monentum after Dallas took an early lead and the Stars never really could regain it. The Stars' special teams didn't help them, either. BTW, click here to view a replay of Wednesday's in-game chat, which featured guest Mark Stepneski from Andrew's Stars Page.
Avery. He had a four-point night and was all over the ice. He really had an impact on the game against his former team. He hadn't scored in a while and managed to get the first Rangers goal of the game. He also got an assist on the Rangers' other three goals. It's the first time Dallas has seen him in New York since his departure and he certainly seemed into the game. The fans even chanted his name after he got his fourth point on a nice assist. Dallas just had no answer for Avery.
Marty Turco. He let in several goals from angles where they should have been stopped. Turco has let in too many questionable goals this season. There's still time for him to get it together, but he hasn't been the difference maker that he was a few seasons ago. They need more from Turco.
Dallas had 54 seconds of a two-man advantage and hit a post, but couldn't score. Dallas never did really grab the momentum, even though they had some chances to do so. Stars power play was 0-for-6 on the night.
Stars coach Marc Crawford moved Mike Modano to a line with Jamie Benn and Brenden Morrow. That pushed Tom Wandell down with Krys Barch and Toby Petersen. I like seeing Modano with Benn and Morrow. What do you think?
The defensive pairs were altered a bit too. Mark Fistric was with Karlis Skrastins and Trevor Daley played with Matt Niskanen.
Good games by Toby Petersen and Jere Lehtinen. Petersen was active and seemed to have his legs. Once again, Lehtinen was solid. He played with Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson and helped tighten things defensively. He was excellent on the penalty kill as well.
Nicklas Grossman. He sometimes goes unnoticed because of how well Stephane Robidas has played this season, but Grossman has been solid. I thought he played well on Wednesday.
Both Stars' goals were off Rangers players. Brad Richards and Jere Lehtinen were credited with the goals.
Skrastins made a nice diving stop to keep the game 4-2 in the third. It was a big heads-up play. He sure does know how to block shots.
Mike Ribeiro had a stick hit him in the face (it got underneath his visor) in the second period and did not return for the third. Stay tuned here for an update on his progress.