The Dallas Stars came away with one point against the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Flyers, losing 3-2 in a shootout at home in Dallas, despite losing Defenseman Nicklas Grossman in the first period with a leg injury and Karlis Skrastins in the third period.
Being strictly results based, it must feel good to earn that point. Philadelphia is the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot. They played for the Stanley Cup last year. This is a good team. To fall behind 2-0 1:17 into the second period could have been disastrous. The air could have left the team and the building could have gone silent but it didn’t. The fans stayed alert and loud and Dallas rewarded them by fighting for the last two goals to push the game into overtime.
Being more of a broken record, the same problems continue to plague this team. Out-shot in first period? Check. Fall behind? Yep. Get nothing from the powerplay? Zero-for-five, with eight shots so it wasn’t exactly nothing, including an opportunity for the last 1:30 of regulation and first :30 of overtime.
Dallas has shown they can come back to steal points from teams, no matter how good they are. They have shown that Kari Lehtonen can be saddled up and ridden for a month straight, giving playoff quality performances. They have shown depth and resiliency when it comes to injuries. They have shown that they belong in the playoffs. The only way to get another crack at Philadelphia is to meet them in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Can the Dallas Stars show they can be vengeful?