If you had to point to one thing, that was it. Seconds remaining in the first period and, boom, deflating goal. You owned the period. Owned it. And all you have to show for it is a stinkin' first-period tie. It undid a lot of great work.
Had a chance to get it back, tied the game, boom, another late goal. Lead gone. Momentum gone. And basically, game gone. It's hard to catch up when you've shot yourself once in each foot. So the Stars players got together and chatted about this one. Nobody was really chatting about the chat.
Said Brad Richards, "that’s in the locker room. Obviously we’re frustrated right now and we don’t like what’s going on. We’re trying to find answers."
On those goals, Mike Modano said it best: "Those are backbreakers. We take pride in those times of the game, how we don’t allow those type of goals to happen. But it’s a byproduct of what’s going on this season. You have some breakdowns, give up those goals and it forces you to keep coming from behind."
Stephane Robidas, meanwhile, said that's no excuse: "We should be strong enough mentally to overcome that stuff. Mistakes are going to happen. It’s part of the game. We can’t expect a perfect game. We have to play with a consistent effort from everybody."
It's become the theme of this season. A lot of looking, a lot of talking, but not a lot of results. And you just wonder what could happen next at this point. Which brings us to Brenden Morrow...
I admit, I was looking down (deadline typing) and didn't even see when he went off, or what caused it. I thought he was in that scrum with some Blackhawks along the boards later in the third, but don't know if something happened there or elsewhere. Dave Tippett said he hadn't checked with the doctors immediately after the game, so we'll find out tomorrow what's up.
So the worm continues to turn.