Last night, after that absolutely awful 6-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, defenseman Stephane Robidas called goaltender Marty Turco "superman." Indeed, that's been an accurate description of the Stars netminder. Even in that 1-0 loss to Phoenix, he was stellar.
But here's the problem kids: "superman" hasn't had much help from his friends at the Hall of Justice (oh come on, I'm not the only one who remembers the Super Friends cartoon, am I?) After scoring 14 goals in two games against Nashville and the New York Rangers, the Stars have just managed four in their last three contests. And I'm not sure how much I should count the two last night (late garbage goals, mainly).
The bigger glare has been defensively. I thought the Stars were getting better in this category, and even though Marty's stopped a lot of those shots, they've been pretty darned good shots way too often. He's had to be too acrobatic too often.
Turco will be back in there again on Monday night in Columbus, where the Stars put a 7-3 hurting on the Blue Jackets at the end of January. I'm sure they're having a "wakeup call" practice today.
So, folks, what do you think: Do the Stars come out on fire on Monday?
-- Tracey Myers