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Razor With an Edge: 2013, Year of the Blackhawks

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 7:03 PM / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: 2013, Year of the Blackhawks
Razor shares a little of his post-game diary from the games featuring the Stars and the Blackhawks in 2013.

This will be somewhat painful, but then again as the time honored gym maxim goes, 'No Pain, No Gain"

The Chicago Blackhawks were the best team in hockey in 2013 (64-14-12 in the regular season and 16-7 en route to winning the Cup) - something the Stars hope to be in the not too distant future. Head-to-head this past year the Hawks repeatedly showed the young upstarts from Texas how far they have to go (Baby steps boys, baby steps).

Here’s a little review of the Stars’ matches against the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks with context-free (and mostly cleaned-up) excerpts from the post-game diary I keep.

Lessons a plenty from the Windy City ice mob, but as Frederick Douglass famously said, "Without struggle there can be no progress."

Struggles appear below:

Jan. 24
3-2 loss at AAC

Ooh, ahh, Hawks on the warpath. Stars lost by only a 3-2 score but were severely outclassed – Kari was brilliant. The Stars actually had a dumbfounding 2 goal lead but penalties 100, 190, and 160 feet away from their own net lead to 3 power play goals including Hossa’s winner. No Jamie Benn, but his deal was announced mid-game.

Mar. 16
8-1 loss at AAC

As a game, it was an 8-layer shellacking. To broadcast, it was 51 minutes of chewing tinfoil. In retrospect, it seemed insane to guffaw through warm-up in 'St Patty's Day jersies' with the 'On a Mission' Blackhawks in town - and warm-up was where the smiles and chuckles ended. The Stars appeared discombobulated, outclassed, and rattled. Hawks played blisteringly fast and the boys were left in the vapor wake. Lehtonen couldn't save them, was pulled at 4-0. Benn, “We sh*t on our goalie” (hope he showered). Hawks top forwards gave Stars a lesson in determination and execution – lead by Toews, of course. Barely enough green beer available to numb the pain after this one.

April 15
5-2 loss @ UC

It was tax day and the Stars were, well, OVERTAXED! The Hawks dominated from puck-drop then scored on 4 of 6 third period shots on Bachman to vanquish the Stars. Benn scored a pair of goals on nefarious wrist shots. Team was plucky but grossly overmatched.

Nov 12
5-2 loss at AAC

The Hawks speed, smarts, maturity and superior special teams trumped the speedy, dullard, yeasty and special teams deficient effort from the Stars. Patrick Sharp had four assists. The Chicago penalty kill was 6 for 6 (Stars home PP is an abomination). Dillon and Robidas had a rough one (on for 4 of 5 goals against). The Stars actually outplayed the Blackhawks in chunks of the game but didn’t play smart and didn’t show needed patience.

Nov 30
2-1 Shootout loss at AAC

The first sellout of season at AAC was eventually witness to an epic 22-shooter shootout before the game was decided. Prior to the ‘skills competition’ they had to endure a ‘nothing to see’ 2nd period and a dreadfully safe overtime that produced one shot a side. Chiasson hit the pipe on a penalty shot attempt. Stephane Robidas broke his leg on a freak play (big big loss). Ben Smith, of all people, won it by beating Kari on Hawks 11th attempt in Shootout.

Dec 3
4-3 win @ UC

Kari beat the Hawks…by himself. No Seguin. No Robidas. No problem. Just 47 saves from Lehtonen (two shy of the team
record) and a roller coaster night for Antoine Roussel led to victory despite being outshot 50-18. Roussel’s night: Fought Shaw (and a linesman), took penalty on Toews with Stars up 3-0 (Sharp scores on PP), turned the puck over in neutral-zone (Hawks score to make it 3-3), but then redeemed himself by converting a 3rd period penalty shot for the game winner and squirted an entire container of French’s mustard on the hot dog (or 'chien chaud') during his exuberant celebration. There were 55 face-offs thru two periods, 55!! Stars spent almost as much time in their own zone as Kari. First win in five versus the Blackhawks. Hooray!!!

Dec 10
6-2 loss at AAC

Apparently the Stars got the Hawks full attention with the win and exploits in Chicago and so the defending Cup Champs answered back by Zamboni-ing the AAC ice with them. They played a stunningly efficient and complete two-way game, looked to be saying to the upstart division rival Stars, “So you think you can hang with our stuff?” Kari was yanked at 4-0 midway through. Roussel continued to ruffle the headdress feathers of the Blackhawks, this time with a pair of goals. The Stars home power play sunk to a feckless 1 for 47 with an 0 for 5 night. Lindy Ruff called the loss “…an old fashioned ass-kicking”…I think I spoke for all Stars fans when I said, “Well that will be quite enough of the ____________________ing S Cup Champs for a while.”

"We learn from failure, not from success" - Bram Stoker

A cautionary message to the Blackhawks in 2014: When you think you have someone eating out of your hand, count your fingers. (Get ready Champs, these Stars are comin' for ya!)




1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46


J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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