The Stars are showing great energy (where has this been?!) and the boos we heard at the end of the period were definitely not for Avery. Oh, how quickly the home fans can turn on you.
Anyway, back to the Stars. They came out jumping and controlled the action after the Islanders got a few quick shots off early in the first period. The Stars had the Isles scrambling midway through the period, when the Stars controlled the puck so well and were just setting up one shot attempt after the other in the Isles' zone.
Oh, and now onto the Mike Ribeiro show... the Stars No. 1 center was every bit of that in the first period, with three sweet passes leading to goals. (Stars have been waiting for him to show up again). When he made the pickoff and pass to Loui Eriksson at the end of the period, you could hear the collective groan in the building. Ribeiro's now up to 302 career points, by the way.
We'll see if the Islanders come back shooting in the second. They've been off a few days, so maybe they were sleepy in the first.