I know plucky rhymes with ducky, but it's more a homage to the Stars and how they just seem to dominate the Duckies in the Honda Center. Remember the last time they were out there? Mark Parrish, in his Stars debut, had a hat trick. Anyway, onto the countdown.
1, Marty's revenge. How do you make up for a big, ill-timed hiccup on Thursday? You stop 36 shots on Friday. Marty Turco was great against the Ducks, stopping 36 of 38 (including 19 in the second period; Stars didn't have 19 the whole game). Well done.
2, Loui's back. Boy, is he. He was still tallying points when Brad Richards first went out, but he still wasn't looking quite the same. Well he looks fine now, ay? He gets Nos. 30 and 31 tonight, and that second one was a thing of beauty. Great work and a great goal at a time when the Stars needed some breathing room again.
3, Top line, top guns. Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro this season look like Brenden Morrow and Ribeiro last season: Put those two together, and add whoever you want on the right side. Eriksson was there tonight, but Ott and Ribeiro continue to be stellar. Six points among the trio this evening.
4, Three Stars? Hey, I'm the first to admit that I'm terrible at picking these. But I'd like to think I'm close when I do. Here were the three out of Anaheim tonight, as picked by someone in the Duckies building: Loui Eriksson was No. 3, Marty Turco was No. 2 and the No. 1 star: James Wisniewski. Uh-huh. Sure, he had a goal. On the Ducks' 34th shot of the game. The No. 2 star stopped 36 shots. Moving on...
5, Back in the hunt. Yep, just like that, the Stars are in the top eight again. It's going to be like this the rest of the way, kids. As I play off last night's blog headline, can the Stars be more Dr. Jekyll the remainder of this regular season?
-- Tracey Myers