Razor With an Edge: No Offense Taken?

Thursday, 11.7.2013 / 8:49 AM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: No Offense Taken?

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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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
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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 10 5 9 6 14
J. Spezza 10 4 7 2 11
C. Eakin 10 1 7 2 8
P. Sharp 10 4 2 1 6
R. Faksa 10 3 2 2 5
A. Goligoski 10 3 2 -5 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
J. Klingberg 10 1 3 -3 4
A. Hemsky 10 1 3 -1 4
M. Janmark 9 1 3 -1 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 5 1 0 .906 2.58
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .872 3.33
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