Roll With It

Yesterday’s win against the Canucks was huge in so many ways.  We got two points that we never expected.  We won against the best team in the league.  We came together in a perfect, flawless comeback that I won’t forget any time soon.

The first period started off well: a 0-0 deadlock, which is more than anyone usually asks for when playing Vancouver.  However, the Cancucks made it 2-0 in the second off of a couple of soft goals.

Michael Ryder countered with a hell of a one-timer late in the second to cut it to 2-1.  The score stayed like that for awhile…until the final minute of regulation actually.  After receiving a lucky icing call, the Stars managed to get that tying goal with the sixth attacker on.  Steve Ott wonderfully won the faceoff, Sheldon Souray settled it down, and Alex Goligoski shot a perfect shot that deflected off of Mike Ribeiro’s stick and into the net.  My, it was a magnificient tip.

From ESPN Dallas:

“It was a big draw. Otter won it pretty clean, so it gives you more time to do something with it,” said Ribeiro. “Great heads up play from Goose We kind of looked at each other and it was more of a shot-pass than anything else and I was just trying to redirect it on net. I was lucky enough that it went in.”

By the time overtime came, the Stars were buzzing and much more relaxed than they had been the entire game.  They dominated that overtime period.  Vancouver registered no shots to the Stars’ 4.  That last one was the one that mattered, because that was when Trevor Daley took a pass from Steve Ott and sent to a lonely-in-the-front-of-the-net Loui Eriksson who sealed the win.

“It was a great pass,” Eriksson said. “I was open there … so it was pretty easy to put home.”

Here are just some random tidbits about the game…

  • The Canucks were previously 5-0 in overtime until the Stars played spoiler and made them 5-1.
  • This four-game winning streak is the first the Stars have had since October-November.
  • It was a great crowd.  The final attendance number was 18,010, a pretty big draw for our lowly Stars.  The fans came out and were treated well.  But most of all, they treated the team well, chanting “Let’s go Stars” and making me smile.
  • The trade deadline is now over, and the Stars did absolutely nothing. That’s ok, though, because I wouldn’t split up the team right now.  Not now that we’re actually #winning. A week ago I wouldn’t have said good things about the Stars, but now there’s this belief all around that we CAN do this.  We CAN pull this off.

Just roll with it. 

And that’s the story of how the Dallas Stars made a huge comeback against the Vancouver Canucks to stay in the eighth playoff spot.

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