Now that’s the way to start the season. Obviously the Stars weren’t perfect, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that they looked really, really good out there. I’ll admit that I thought the game was lost after we fell behind 2-0. But I’d waited 181 effing days to see them, and I wasn’t going to be so quick to turn the game off.
Luckily, Ilya Kovalchuk’s shot rand off the post, allowing the Wonder Twins to cut the lead on half to 2-1. After that, some hard work and being in the right place at the right time gave Loui Eriksson his first goal of the night, tying it up.
Obviously it couldn’t be so simple. The Devils scored on the power play after a questionable Steve Ott call (had it been anyone else, charging wouldn’t have been called). Then, Nealer let out his inner Brad Richards and gave a perfect pass to an incoming B-Rad.
The third period was scoreless, but extremely tense. My favorite moment was Stephane Robidas’ game-saving defensive play. No stick and kicked the puck away LIKE IT WAS NO BIG DEAL. Robi saved the game right there.
Then in overtime, Kovalchuk got tied up by Trevor Daley and B-Rad and Loui went in on the odd-man rush. Loui scored, causing many to launch into cheers of “LOUI, LOUI!” Just a little note, Kovalchuk: don’t be bothered by Trevor Daley; he’s really not that important.
Here are the highlights if you want to see them again (psh…as if you missed the game):
Unfortunately, they didn’t put in Jamie Benn’s big hit that sent a devil headfirst into his own bench. Allow me to fawn over him, because he’s so wonderful. Even though his line didn’t score, Bennster was a monster.
Also, I’m loving the Morrow-Ribeiro-Burish line. They generated a lot of chances, and their one goal was a thing of beauty. It’s good to have the Wonder Twins back, it really is.
In other Stars news, Mike Modano scored in his Red Wings debut. I was so proud of him. Don’t be a hater; he just wants to play hockey. Is that such a crime?
Next up: Tonight against the Isles. Kari is the starter again. Let’s not fall behind again, ok?