The Stars were happy with this one, but a few of them said the same thing: Can't just stop here. There are still things to clean up, still have to keep pushing forward and not be content with just one. The Stars are still looking for their first two-game winning streak of the season, and they'll be going right back into the vipers nest tomorrow with the San Jose Sharks.
Still, it was a pretty decent night in a few respects. The power play looked better (thank you, Mark Parrish, and you too, Sergei Zubov... I know he didn't get a point, but that PP looked much calmer with him out there). The penalty kill was almost perfect. Marty Turco looked good in a building he's done well in previously, and there's no doubt he needed that one.
All in all, everyone needed this: A good win against a good Ducks team. Yeah, I know the Ducks weren't their best tonight, but with how well they had been playing, and facing the Stars for the first time since they were eliminated last spring, it could've been more. But the Stars took them out of that pretty quick.
Some quick hits:
Brad Richards left the ice late in the game. Dave Tippett said they'll check him out tomorrow. Guessing he was feeling a little twinge and there's no need to push when you're up 5-2. Need legs tomorrow.
I liked Sean Avery tonight. Good stuff, especially on setting up Parrish's first goal. Sweet pass. And he took the ugly boarding from Chris Kunitz, came back but didn't cause problems (by the way, Kunitz was named third star in this game in the building... um, OK).
I've talked a ton already about Parrish, but it bears repeating. Hungry player looking to make a statement and he was great. Gave the Stars a jolt.
Fabian Brunnstrom with another goal. That's six goals on 16 shots this season. His goals are all point-blank babies, but nevertheless the odds are with him, eh?
We'll see if anything changes on Jere Lehtinen's status. It would be nice for the Stars if he's ready, give them a fresh set of legs on the back to back, but don't know if that's possible since he still hasn't taken in a full practice. But this is Lehtinen...
Now I know Brian Boucher will be in net for the Sharks on Satty, not Evgeni Nabokov. But keep in mind: he's 2-0 with two shutouts this season. Pretty darned good goaltender. And remember how they love to hate the Stars in San Jose. Oooh, this'll be a fun one.