Stars Struggles Continue After the Break

Stars' Jason Spezza had an assist in the game against the Ducks and a game tying goal against the Sharks this week.  Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi
Stars’ Jason Spezza had an assist in the game against the Ducks and a game tying goal against the Sharks this week. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi

By Stephen Elliott

The Dallas Stars finish their week second in points in the Western Conference a position they have not been in since October 29.

Last week the Stars finished up a break in the schedule and travelled to California for a western road trip.

The week began with a 4-2 loss to the Ducks on Friday. The Ducks four first period goals were too much to overcome as the Stars put in two goals in the second and third period. The Stars were sluggish and overmatched in the first period but battle back and were the better team in the final two periods. However, Anaheim and the league’s number one penalty kill held onto their early four goals. The loss was the Stars second consecutive.

A quick turnaround as the team travelled to San Jose to play the Sharks on Saturday. The Sharks won in overtime on as Tomas Hertl tallied the game winner. Despite it being the Stars third loss in a row, they played better than their recent struggles show, and it seems they are on the right path to shaking their losing skid.

“When you go through a stretch like we went through, sometimes you have to crawl before you can walk.” Jason Spezza said on the Stars performance against the Sharks.

The result was not a win, but as Spezza referred to the Stars are heading back on track. The third period in the Sharks game was some of the best hockey the Stars had played. They out-shot the Sharks by seven shots and tied it twice to force overtime. Lindy Ruff alluded to the work his team put in the third period.

“That’s a good point for us. I thought we played a heck of a third period,” Ruff said. He would later continue to speak on their third period success.”I thought we had three or four other looks that could’ve won the game for us. We had some guys who skated really well for us. I thought we started a little tentative but really came on in the third.”

The Stars road stand will conclude with the Kings on Tuesday before heading back to three straight at home.

Notes
Ales Hemsky returned from his lower body injury in the loss in Anaheim. He scored in the first period of the San Jose game. Radek Faksa was sent back to the Texas Stars as a result of Hemsky’s return.

Patrick Sharp’s point streak was snapped at 12 games against the Ducks. Sharp was a game away from tying the franchise’s best point streak at 13 consecutive games.

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