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Razor With an Edge: No Offense Taken?

Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 9:49 AM / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: No Offense Taken?
Razor longs for the day when the Stars are greeted with respect, but until then, use it as motivation and thank them for the two points.

I long for the day when Stars hockey is again viewed as an example of excellence and measuring stick for others.

That day is coming, I truly believe that. But it's over yonder down a winding, bumpy, draft and develop road. In the meantime, Stars Hockey Inc. is going to have to endure the odd derogation from current elite powerhouses like the Boston Bruins.

Cam Neely, a friend of mine, and a respectful and respected former player - now executive - of the Bruins was quoted in their Behind The B documentary series saying, 'No disrespect to Dallas, but this is an Original Six team." to Loui Eriksson when greeting the former Star in person following the July 4th trade that brought Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Big D.

I kidded Cam about the episode with a Ron Burgundy reference ("...this is an Original Six team. People know us. We're kind of a big deal...") and he was of course adamant that he meant no disrespect (which he didn't) but the slight is there (So too are the leather-bound books no doubt).

Fast forward to Tuesday night when the Stars met the Bruins in Beantown. After the dramatic Shootout victory that featured the former Bruin forwards Seguin and Peverley scoring to secure the win. Boston's classy but irritated head coach Claude Julien was asked about the outcome to which he replied, "Well it came down to a shootout because we played at the level of the other team. Not to take anything away from them but I like to think we’re a better team than what we showed."

"Not to take anything away from Dallas..." "No disrespect to Dallas..."

The two men meant that, but it still stings, no? Maybe it isn't full soul crushing stuff but it's at the very least a little bit velvet pride pummeling - and motivating, I would think.

With a Cup and another trip to the Stanley Cup Final in the past three seasons, the Stars certainly want to become what the Bruins have been lately. They're going to have to earn it though, because that level of respect is never just given.

So in the end, no offense taken. And thanks for the two points.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
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8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
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12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
 
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K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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