It's No. 22 for Loui Eriksson, who went on a 2-on-1 with Mike Modano and hit paydirt. Brad Richards with the secondary assist, and Modano sent a pretty little pass to Eriksson. That's 22 for No. 21, at the 4:19 mark.
Let's think back to about a month ago shall we? Maybe even beyond that... if the Ducks score that late goal on the Stars then, the Stars are hanging their heads, their body language is abysmal and they're likely out of here with a loss. My opinion, obviously, but I think Saturday night was an indication for how far this Stars team has come the past few weeks. No more Sean Avery, healthy bodies are back in the lineup, chemistry among the lines...
Good times. OK some tidbits and quotes: I will continue to be a James Neal cheerleader if the kid keeps playing like this. Great work from him again tonight, and he's a great fit with Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen (you'll remember Neal had chemistry with Modano early this season, when B.J. Crombeen was on the right side. Those two haven't lost it. And Jere, well, is Jere). Brad Richards is putting up the points we expected him to. Five games, 10 points, including a goal in each of his last four. He and Eriksson you never worry about, really, and Toby Petersen is fitting in just fine with that group. Thought he was strong on Saturday, and that pass that led to Richards' goal was a beauty. So was the placement of Richards' goal. Eriksson may have ended up without a point, but he drew that penalty in overtime to put the Stars on their fifth power play. Mike Modano is ageless. I should have that sentence on a save/get key on my computer. It bears repeating. In 72 career games against the Ducks he now has 77 points, more than anyone else against that team.
OK, some quotes: Dave Tippett: "I didn't like the game from a coach's point of view. It was sloppy and messy and looked like a lot of turkey was involved in it. But we'll take the points." Brad Richards: "Winning is addictive and losing is addictive, and right now we’re winning. It gets the good feeling going. That's just the way sports are. You have to turn it your way and we have the last few weeks with hard work. It wasn’t pretty at times but I think we deserved to win this one. Overall, we had some good opportunities and played, with the exception of maybe 5-6 minutes in the second period, pretty solid." Mike Ribeiro was amusing about his missed one-on-ones against Jean-Sebastien Giguere: "He knows me. Those French goalies, they know I’m not going to shoot right away. He was just standing there. Usually he goes down in the butterfly. (I took) too much time, I think." James Neal on his play lately: "I’m playing with (Mike) Modano and (Jere) Lehtinen, and they do such good things with the puck. It helps me out so much. You’ve seen over the years how good they are, and they help me out."
OK, kids, I'm ready to call it a night. That's four consecutive victories at home, all four have gone to overtime or shootout. Ah, at least they're keeping them interesting.
Just in case the Oilers haven't been stymied by Mike Modano enough in his career, he's at it again. Mo gets what could be the game-winner, and it's also good for his 1,300th career point as the Stars go up 4-3. He may be 38, but he isn't looking like it.
For a change, the Stars score on their first or second shot instead of giving one up at that point.
Mike Modano scorched one, and the puck goes up in the air, hits Oilers goalie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (wow, imagine spelling that name over and over) in the head, off the arm, and Mike Ribeiro knocks it home with his stick below the crossbar.
It's 1-0 Stars, with Modano and Brad Richards on the assists. Power-play goal, too, ending their 0 for 21 skid.
Krys Barch and Zach Sortini in a lengthy little brawl right now. Guys aren't going to have enough friggin' energy for the rest of the game.
Mike Modano evens the score once again, and this was a sweet-lookin' one. Trevor Daley sets it up with his pass from behind the net, and I don't even know if Modano got it with the fat of the stick... but I don't think the Stars care.
Anyway, it's 3-3 (almost a Flyers lead again there for a second) as we're about to end the second period.
Sergei Zubov tried to stop himself behind Turco, but he slid and went head-first into the boards instead. He was down for a few moments, but as you can see he has returned to the ice. Scottie Upshall got called for the trip (although he didn't), but Mike Modano turned it into a power-play goal for the Stars at 2:30. Mark Parrish and Stephane Robidas on the assists for the Stars.
The Stars are showing a lot more life right now, and Josh Gratton just went to the box for roughing at 4:38. We'll see if the Stars can do anything with that.
Modano, by the way, is now three points away from 1,300 for his career.
I almost want to send a memo to the rest of the Stars: Follow the 38-year-old. Seriously, I wondered where Modano was going to be this season but any doubt I had has been answered. The guy is playing great. What a goal, and at a ridiculous angle, too. If only that could spread through this team.
Anyway, I didn't have much to say about the second period, other than it was one of those grinding little 20-minute sessions. Still, the Stars need to clean things up on the other end. Looks to me like the Kings are still getting some nice little opportunities.
There's no substitute for talent and longtime chemistry, as Mike Modano and Sergei Zubov just showed. Zubov held, held, held that puck until the right time, then a pass to Modano and a sweet goal that caught the inside of the far post to help the Stars tie this one at the 9:46 mark.
Wow, did they need that one.
By the way, unbelievable hit by Dustin Brown on Stephane Robidas, sending Roby into the Kings bench. Of course, Mr. Durable got right back up and at 'em.
Mike Modano is the only man I've ever met who can be vehement without ever raising his voice. And his words after Saturday's debacle in Boston spoke volumes. He was mostly angry at the way the Stars conducted themselves with all the penalties, as well as the yapping at officials and fans (Morrow, Ott, Avery were each guilty of one or the other): "It's idiotic, it's stupid. It's one of the most embarrassing things I've seen, on the ice and involved with the fans. In 20 years I've never seen anything like that. If that's what we're going for here, then I need to find me an office job." On the Stars letting frustrations take over: "There's no mental toughness. We're letting everything get to us. We're letting refs get involved in the game with us. We're taking our energy out on them instead of the details of winning the game. It's been a real bad part of our game as a team." On the goaltending: "They're doing as best you can ask from them (Marty Turco and Tobias Stephan), but the quality of the chances are doorstep goals. You can have two goalies in there, they're still going to go in."