There was nowhere else for me to talk about this, so I’m talking about it here. At 13:06 in the second period of the game last night, I was banished to my kitchen by the internet. I went and I stayed and WE WON so who’s laughing now!?
Why at 13:06? Well, I feel like we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves friends, so let’s go back.
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Look I’m just not fussed. I’m not. I tried to be. But it was a lackluster effort on a Tuesday night at the end of December and it’s just . . . blah. The Capitals didn’t play tonight so we’re still at the top of the league, and after the Caps it’s 8 points down to the next highest team. In the Central Division it’s 7 points to the Blues and 9 points to the Kings.
WE’RE GONNA BE FINE. We were never gonna go 82-0 and honestly, after the week we’ve had I’m okay with this. At least it’s Columbus and not, like, the Ducks. Or the Capitals. Or anyone in the Central. So we phoned it in against the bottom of the league. IT’S OKAY.
That said, my GOD, that first period blew.
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I’m gonna talk about this shutout in a minute, I swear. FIRST, though, I’m going to talk about Christmas week, and the fact that we played four games in back-to-back pairings against three Central Division teams currently in playoff positions. One of them won the Stanley Cup last spring, one of them won the Division last season, and one of them has a goalie I kind of like.
We got 7 out of 8 points this week. The game we lost? We lost by one point. The three games we won? We won by at least 3 goals each time, and the two second halves of each back-to-back were shutouts.
Tell me again we aren’t ready for a playoff series against the Central Division. TELL ME.
In other news, Kari Lehtonen gets a shutout for the first time this season, while at home, where his record hasn’t been as good as it is on the road. His Sv% at home has been .883 over 7 games with 5 wins. His Sv% on the road is .928 over 7 games with 7 wins. On both counts, I dropped two games where he played under 8 minutes (one of those road games was the one in Minnesota before Christmas) but they’re statistical outliers and shouldn’t be counted.
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Well first you should know.
LOVE LIFTS US UP WHERE WE BELOOOOONG
WHERE THE STARS KEEP WINNING
AND THE EAGLES FLY
That got away from me.
Carolyn is on vacation, so I don’t know if we’re going to get the accustomed chart, but the possession was actually . . . . pretty equal? Listen, they spent maybe five minutes total in 5v5 (not actually but man there were 14 penalties so it kinda feels that way) so there wasn’t a lot to count.
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Despite impressive efforts, the Stars didn’t win the game last night, and I didn’t particularly feel like writing about it. So I’m letting Tyler Seguin’s face do my reacting for me.
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If I could make this recap nothing but a rage face, I would. But I mean, first time they’ve been shut out all season and that took 30 games? I’m not used to having nice things, I don’t know how to react when the nice things have a not so nice game.
The Stars have only had 4 games against the dreaded Central Division so far this season. They’ve won 3 of those games but lost 6-3 to the Avalanche in the second game of the regular season. And, all four of those games have been against the bottom three teams in the division.
So like. This was a test. This was a test the Stars, sadly, did not pass. Talking heads are going to point to this game as proof that the Stars won’t be able to survive a playoff series, let alone FOUR of them to get to the Cup.
To that, I say
Anyway, let’s talk about this game I guess.
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When you read this recap please do yourselves a favor and picture a dirty, sweaty Russell Crowe standing center ice in the AAC yelling to the crowd “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED???”
This game, friends, is pretty much EXACTLY what lands the Dallas Stars in the “fun” category of all those charts the analytics crowd (Carolyn included) posts on twitter. What makes them fun? HIGH EVENTS. SCORING CHANCES. GOALS.
So many goals.
Admittedly, for a certain subset of fan of either the Dallas Stars (myself included) or the opposing team, these games are less “fun” and more “mind-blowingly stressful.” Read More »