I'm not sure if games like this bond you together as a team or just frustrate the heck out of you.
Either way, the Stars were pretty ticked off Thursday night.
They felt they were on the bad end of some calls, and they let the league know about it. GM Joe Nieuwendyk talked to the officials, and contacted the league. The Stars were told that they needed to handle things internally, and they were trying to do that.
However, a couple of interesting quotes:
From Marc Crawford: ``You watch the tape, and all of them aren't penalties. We already talked to them, and the league told us not to say anything, so we'll shut up.''
This from Brad Richards: ``It's a guessing game every night. You can handle emotion, but when people are going after heads and some of it's called and some of it's not, that's when you get a little confused. The hooking, that's pretty basic, but some of the other stuff makes you wonder...if you lay on the ice, if you don't lay on the ice, I guess there's lots of ways to draw penalties now.''
Richards appeared to get hit in the mouth in the second period, and no penalty was called. Meanwhile, Los Angeles drew two boarding calls and three interference penalties. Adam Burish took a major for boarding in the third period, and Los Angeles scored the goal to make it 3-2.
Burish said the team would learn from the mistakes:
``This game will make us better down the road,'' Burish said. ``It almost had a playoff feel to it. It was a 1-1 game where there was a lot of battle, and it's going to get a little nasty and a little edgy. That's one of the best teams in the league right now, and that was a measuring stick for us. And for 50 minutes, I thought we played pretty well.''
``In tight games, you've got to walk that line,'' Burish said. ``You've got to play on the edge, play with some energy and some bite in your game, but you can't cross the line. We'll learn from that, but this game made us better tonight.''
The Stars won't have long to think about the game, as they play at Anaheim on Friday.
Krys Barch played Thursday and Brian Sutherby sat out, so we'll see what coach Marc Crawford does with his lineup against the Ducks.