Well, there shouldn't be any flack about Brad Richards' play tonight. The Stars get their second power-play goal in as many opportunities, and Richards is the one feeding a pretty open Jere Lehtinen, who came down the slot for the goal and the 2-0 advantage. Steve Ott got the second assist, at 11:32.
Stars are finishing up their third power play. Not going to get anything on this one, but hard to complain after going 2 for 2 to start.
Brad Richards gets the Stars' rare road power-play goal, and the Stars are up 1-0 in the building of demises past.
Richards fired this from the blue line, and it looked to hit something or someone (probably defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom) and got past Chris Osgood at 10:15. Mike Ribeiro and Jere Lehtinen on the assists.
It's that line working again, and this time Steve Ott capitalizes on the work. There was a delayed penalty on the Thrashers, but Mike Ribeiro found Trevor Daley at the left point, and Daley made a pretty little pass to Ott, who had a clear look at the net. That's Ott, just 28 seconds into the second period.
Jere Lehtinen gets on the board first, and in a very odd way. Mike Ribeiro's pass (?) goes off Kari Lehtonen's glove, then off Lehtinen's chest and, I think, his stick and in for the Stars' 1-0 lead at the 3:48 mark. That's Ribeiro and Steve Ott, who had the steal, on the assists. That line is looking pretty good to start this one, too.
The lines: Ott-Ribeiro-Lehtinen Lundqvist-Richards-Eriksson Neal-Modano-Conner Sutherby-Petersen-Barch
The Stars needed to get something on the power play, and another defensemen makes it work.
Matt Niskanen recovers the pass from Steve Ott (Jere Lehtinen got a piece of it on the way over), and his shot beats Ryan Miller stick side to give the Stars a 1-0 lead at the 10:44 mark. That's the kind of start the Stars need, especially if they get a few chances on the man advantage. The Stars had good rotation on that first one, good possession and never left their zone.
And I believe they're about to get another power play... Drew Stafford heading to the box again, this time for hooking.
Well, when Mike Ribeiro is at his best he makes passes like he just did. Just flicks it cross-ice to a wide-open Steve Ott on Toskala's stick side, and Ott has an easy one for a 2-0 Stars lead at the 8:55 mark. Fabian Brunnstrom gets the second assist.
Now I don't know what's up with the scoreboard in here, but they still don't have a shot up for Toronto. I know they have at least two, but still...