This was such a dangerous game for the Stars. They've struggled in St. Louis in recent games, they were emotional over losing three players in a trade and were playing short-handed. It showed in the first two periods, but the Stars came to play in the third and dominated. St. Louis only had two shots on goal and Dallas scored three times in a seven-minute span. They turned it on when they needed to.
Twelve wins in 14 games is amazing, and there's no reason the winning should cease with three winnable home games coming up--Chicago, Nashville and Phoenix.
Now we'll see how Brad Richards stirs the pot. I think the best thing about Richards is that he's not a rental. The organization has made a commitment to him so he'll be around for a few years. Stars coach Dave Tippett talks about the family atmosphere he and his coaches try to foster so it should be easier to accept Richards as "family" because he won't up and leave after the season. Plus, all reports out of Tampa is that Richards is as good a guy as he is a player.