Perspectivating

Sunday, 11.13.2011 / 12:32 PM CT
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Razor With An Edge Blog

So the road trip ended with the thud of anticlimactica. (Pretty sure that's not a word but it fits what was witnessed) That shouldn't smear all the good that was percolating after wins at Carolina and Washington. A .500 road trip used to be an acceptable take-away, and still should.

Let's deconstruct the swing in the East if not for the simple reason I need to produce a blog.

@Carolina 5-2W

The Stars kicked the snot out of the Tobacco Road Canes in a matinee affair. Benn - Eriksson - Ryder did a lot of the damage. It was a peppery and manly outing for the boys who registered a powerplay goal, a shorthanded goal, and killed 7 of 9 penalties while making the Jussi Jokinen-less Hurricanes appear as threatening as a warm tropical shore breeze. The most passion their side showed was play by play man John Forslund's frenetic and maniacal cranking of the hurricane siren prior to puck-drop.

@Washington 5-2W

How deeply did they embarrass the then unbeaten at home Caps? Well the dismantling was followed by a next day bag skate for Ovechkin and company, so... The Stars outhit, outworked, and severely out-executed the bewildered Capitals and had their faithful silent most of the night before retreating to the exits with half of the third period still to play. Ovechkin looked ordinary at best as Benn and his brigade again had a tip of the spear night.

Next day the boys enjoyed some team building at a go-cart track, Yes indeed, it felt like the good-life in the fast-lane for the surprising Stars who were no doubt basking in the glow of sitting first overall in the National Hockey League.

Then came the blue-collar pit stops in Steel Town and Motown, and with them some speed bumps and a little dose of reality.

@Pittsburgh 3-1L

Dan Bylsma didn't grab a Stanley Cup and a Coach of the Year Honor because he's decent at putting Sidney Crosby on the ice. (Crosby didn't even play) And James Neal wanted to remind Starsnation what they gave up. With a full 6 days to prepare for the streaking Stars, Bylsma's team choked the life out of the Dallas attack. Sure the officiating was sub-NHL quality but the Pens were decidedly better too. Two powerplay goals, a successful penalty shot, and an easy night for goalie Marc Andre Fleury led to a new #1 overall. Neal potted both PP tallies and the man he was traded for, Alex Goligoski broke his hand blocking a shot. Ugh! :(

@Detroit 5-2L

Take that Bylsma stuff and substitute "Babcock". Back to back nights Gulutzan and the Stars faced arguably the two best coached teams in hockey. This time Mike Babcock used his fire first approach to outshoot the Stars 40-27 en route to a three goal third period and a convincing win. Andrew Raycroft didn't handle traffic well in yet another tough start on the road and the Benn line was again suffocated, this time Henrik Zetterberg shut him down, the night before it was Jordan Staal, you won't find two more formidable centers to counter. On the heels of mounting success vs the Wings and at the Joe in recent years, this one felt like so many defeats of yesteryear, a little déjà vu, eh?

However, at the end of the day (which is phrase that needs to die) the positives on the trip probably slightly outweighed the negatives as I deeply pondered things with the wheels touching down at Love Field.

They were tied entering third periods in both losses against good, motivated teams in difficult buildings.

They throttled a top team at every position in D.C.

They bonded a little tighter as a group with some precious downtime on the road.

The Fiddler - Dvorak - Nystrom line continued to be a shining, 'pacey' example.

And, as stated in the beginning, they picked up 4 of 8 available points on the swing.

It might not have felt like it as they strolled out of odorous Joe Louis Arena but it was in fact "a good trip".

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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