I'm not sure what else this team can do right now.
Whatever they seem to need they find a way to come up with.
They were a few tired Pavel Datsyuk legs from being down 3-0 in the first period, and yet they somehow came back and beat the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in overtime. They came up with the big goal to tie on a fantastic shift from Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, Jamie Benn, Stephane Robidas and Nicklas Grossman with just 3:14 left in regulation.
And then, after not being able to score on an overtime power play, they come back and still win it. Loui Eriksson got off on a 3-on-1, saw that both Jamie Benn and Trevor Daley were taken away, so he just snapped in the game-winner. It deflated a very excited arena that wanted badly to give Chris Osgood his 400th regular season win...and it gave the Stars a huge, huge win.
Coming off a back-to-back situation in which they had less than 24 hours between game starts and had travel inbetween, and capping a stretch where they just played 6-of-8 games on the road, Dallas has put together its hottest streak in quite some time. They are 10-2-2 in the last 14 games. They have now defeated the Red Wings twice this season and are 8-2-0 in their last 10 meetings with their most hated rivals.
And they sit one point behind Detroit in the Western Conference standings.
That is amazing. There is no other word for it. If you watched it play by play, it's understandable how all of this happened. They got some timely goals, some timely saves and clearly have improved their goaltending and overall defending. But to get to that point from the inconsistent bunch this was all of last year and to start this year...well, that's amazing.
And the funny thing is you really have a hard time trying to explain how all of this is happening. Brad Richards is obviously taking his game to a place where it probably has never been in his career. His career best in goals is 26. He has 15 through 33 games. He ranks sixth in scoring 38 points. Plus, linemates Loui Eriksson and James Neal also continue along at career-best paces.
But on Sunday when the team really needed a goal, it went to the Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn line. Morrow came through and now has 12 goals.
On defense, Stephane Robidas played 26 minutes in a 2-1 win over Columbus Saturday. Meanwhile, Trevor Daley was huge on Sunday with a big assist and 28:30 in ice time. Daley and Jeff Woywitka are playing so well that they often find themselves out against the other team's best players. And Daley has been a big part of the penalty kill's improvement.
In net, if it isn't Kari Lehtonen, it's Andrew Raycroft. He pushed his record to 6-3-0 on the season with the win Sunday and he also drew some interesting insight into what he sees in this team.
``The odds are a little against us on a night like this, but it's such a good feeling to be on a good team that just doesn't give up,'' Raycroft said. ``Tonight was a perfect example of that. We could have mailed it in at 2-0. We could have mailed it in when they got that late goal in the second. But we didn't. It seems like we are never out of games, and that's a great feeling.''
``I've been around some good teams that have done this before,'' he added. ``When you can get points on days like this, that's something important, it's something special.''
And maybe that's what this team is...special. We'll have to wait and see.
``More than anything, it's our ability to stay with the game,'' Stars coach Marc Crawford said. ``When you've got everybody working toward one goal, and everybody wanting to play hard for one another, that's huge. And right now, our guys really want to have something good happen. We're playing with confidence.''