OK, I'll get this in before all attention goes to the Cowboys game...
Jussi Jokinen did not practice today, as he suffered a knee "tweak" on Saturday night. He will have an MRI on it tomorrow to find out the extent of the injury. The lines were different today, as a result, with Hagman, Modano and Chris Conner together on the second line. Halpern was back with Ott and Eriksson.
Norstrom had a good day and he is a go for tomorrow night's game. The Stars will keep Fistric around at least through the weekend.
That's about it, for now. I'll be back later to chat about this crazy little division called the Pacific.
Yeah, this certainly won't stack up as the Stars' best 60-minute effort, considering how that 2-goal lead in the third period went away. Still, it was a fun one to watch. It would have been more fun if it wasn't so close to deadline! Anyway, Modano said he was wanting to get that equalizer in the shootout especially considering that missed opportunity in the overtime. Nice stop by Smitty on Kariya's shootout attempt, too (yeah, I know, the guy still had a hat trick. He's pretty good, eh?) Jokinen has some sort of a knee issue. He was limping around the locker room afterward, saying he was OK. Tippett said he'll be re-evaluated today. He wasn't sure if that would include an MRI.
So the Stars will take it, take a deep breath and move on. At least now when they have off nights or periods, they're still pulling them out. We remember how those type of games were ending early in the season, don't we?
He gets the hat trick, and the man has earned it. He's been a Stars killer this period, and Kariya has made life miserable for all Stars folks here in the third period. That third one comes with 10.7 seconds remaining in regulation.
It's a career-high 21, and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Stars. He's right in front for a rebound, and easily slips it into the side of the net to give the Stars the lead again, now 4-3, at the 14:59 mark.
The Stars came out humming in the first half of the first period, going up two within 46 seconds. But once St. Louis scored that goal, the Blues came alive and were the more determined team over the last seven minutes or so. I'll be interested to see how the Stars respond to that here in the second.
Stephane Robidas made two great blocks near the end of the first period, but he was hurt on the first one. He made it back to the bench, but he was hobbling off the bench and needed help up the tunnel. We'll see if he comes back.