The Stars dictated everything in the second period, and thanks to that they have two goals, the lead and 47 seconds remaining on a 5 on 3 when they resume in the third period. The Stars outshot the Devils 18-2 in that period. Yikes. Devils were reduced to just clearing pucks into the Stars' zone but there wasn't anything sustained over there.
Now the question is, how tired are the Devils at the start of the third? They played last night in St. Louis, and I would think the second period took something out of them. But we'll see. Another goal on that 5 on 3 wouldn't hurt.
Great work from a lot of players in that period. I know Jere Lehtinen didn't get that goal he attempted toward the end of the period, the one following James Neal's shot, but he's looking pretty good regardless. Mike Ribeiro having a good game tonight and Mark Parrish one relieved boy. He was willing to shoot a few more times after that, so obviously the goal gave him confidence.
Mark Parrish knocks home a bouncing rebound and then looks like the most relieved guy on the ice. Brad Richards had the original shot, and Scott Clemmensen came out pretty far to stop it. But he didn't get it clean, and the puck bounced around a bit before Parrish lifted it in for the power-play goal. That comes at 9:58, from Richards and Stephane Robidas.
It's been a frustrating month or so for Parrish, so good for him on that one.
Stars are on another power play right now in a game that's gotten very snippy. Good times.
Landon Wilson somehow regained his footing enough to push this one through after taking the nice pass from Mike Ribeiro, and the Stars tie this one up 2-2 at the 5:39 mark. Did I see that correctly afterward? Did Wilson elbow Ribeiro in the head? Hehe.
Anyway, Krys Barch on the secondary assist. And now we have a game again. It had gotten dead in here the last few minutes.
Well, just like that the Stars are looking up at a deficit. David Clarkson, who has been buzzing around Turco since the start of this one, gets the rebound and quickly knocks it right back through him for a 2-1 Devils lead with 24 seconds remaining in the first.
The Stars did some good things in that one, had some good scoring chances on their end, but here we are again, with the Stars down...
The Devils keep control, get a few bodies to screen and it's 1-1 with 2:30 remaining in the first period. Defenseman Mike Mottau got one through all those bodies, with Patrick Elias and Brian Gionta assisting. That shorthanded goal looms large now, doesn't it?
By the way, the Devils are now on their third (THIRD) power play of the first period.
The Stars get their first shorthanded goal of the season, and it comes from their leading goal-scorer. Brad Richards got the puck to Trevor Daley on the Devils' power play, and Daley looked like he was just going to knock it down to clear. But Loui Eriksson came on during a bad Devils change, Daley got it to him, and Eriksson had clear sailing to beat Scott Clemmensen high on the glove side.
It's 1-0 Stars on the team's first shorthanded goal of the season. Richards and Daley on the assists.
Brian Sutherby moves up with Loui Eriksson and Brad Richards, and Toby Petersen is centering the fourth line. Here's the rundown: Sutherby-Richards-Eriksson Neal-Modano-Lehtinen Ott-Ribeiro-Parrish Barch-Petersen-Wilson
David Clarkson just hit the post at the end of the Devils' power play. Light went on, but no goal. Still, the Devils are flying right now. Really pushing and controlling the tempo.
Defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy is being called up to the big club today. Now I'd be stunned if he was in the lineup tonight against the New Jersey Devils, so I'm not quite sure why the Stars are bringing him into town. Maybe the Stars just want one extra body up there, maybe he's going to Canada, who knows. But that's what we're looking at, kids.
I'm throwing that in the headline because there wasn't much else to chat about at morning skate. All the available boys were skating this morning, and as of today it looks like the Stars will not be calling up anyone. With the Edmonton-Vancouver trip coming up, however, Chris Conner will probably be brought up.
Otherwise, just a little chit-chat with some of the boys about the upcoming New Year's Eve game: longtime tradition, although it hasn't been very successful lately. Lost 1-0 to Nashville last season, and I don't think the previous year's game against San Jose was very pretty. So maybe they get back to the good NYE outings tonight.
The Devils won in St. Louis last night and did not skate this morning. Scott Clemmensen got the victory in goal; now he gave up three goals, so I'm wondering if Kevin Weekes, who hasn't played since Dec. 13, gets the start. We'll see in a few hours.