Ah, well. Win streaks can’t last forever, otherwise hockey would be pretty boring.
I would say that the Stars pretty much dominated the first period, with a short-handed goal from Stu Barnes (his first of the season! Go Stu!), and an unassisted goal from Jussi Jokinen. The second two periods proved less fortunate for the Stars, with two goals from the Devils in the second, and two in the third (one empty netter, too).
Let me give some major props to Mike Ribeiro. Ribs, I know that I make fun of you a lot, with your bulging eyes and occasionally frightening skinniness, and your formerly greasy hair (thanks for cutting your hair, by the way, Ribs, it looks much better). But I want to give you some props, and thanks, for standing in front of the net when Turco was on the bench in the last minute or so, and stopping a shot from one of the Devils. That score could have ended up 5-2, but it didn’t, thanks to you.
All in all, I’d say the Stars actually looked pretty good in this game, despite the score. They turned over the puck more than I’d like, but they were skating hard and trying to score, which is what really matters. If Brodeur hadn’t been so great during that 5-on-3, I have no doubt that the Stars would have won it, but with a goalie like Brodeur, it proved to not work out for the Stars tonight.
Tune in Friday night for a matchup between the Stars and Sidney Crosby. Oh, wait, they’re playing the Pittsburgh Penguins, not just Cindy Crosby. The Penguins will be well-rested – they haven’t played since their 5-0 shutout against the Thrashers on Saturday. Also, former Star Darryl Sydor plays for the Pens now. I miss you, Sydor. I’m sure you don’t like it when Cindy hogs the mirror.