The Stars made themselves a comfortable cushion for the Pacific Division lead with a win over the Anaheim Ducks. Here’s your Pacific Division standings, as of right this moment:
1. Dallas Stars – 77
2. Anaheim Ducks – 71
3. San Jose Sharks – 70
4. Phoenix Coyotes – 62
5. Los Angeles Kings – 51
Oh, Western Conference standings, you ask? I am happy to oblige:
1. Detroit Red Wings – 87 (the Columbus Blue Jackets beat them tonight, 5-1)
2. Dallas Stars – 77
3. Minnesota Wild – 70
4. Anaheim Ducks – 71
5. San Jose Sharks – 70
6. Calgary Flames – 66
7. Nashville Predators – 66
8. Colorado Avalanche – 65
And the entire league? Well, let’s just say that the Red Wings and Stars are first and second.
Oh, so you probably want to hear about the game. Well,
Yet again, the other team scored first, a goal from Chris Kunitz early in the first. I hate it when that happens. Like, fuck you guys. Also, Honda Center sounds like it’s fucking LOUD. They also really like booing. No matter, because Mike Ribeiro scored a power play goal in the first period to tie it at one going into the first intermission. It was a plucky first period, too, with plenty of penalties. Otter fought with Kunitz early in the first period, which led to 7 minutes for Ott (5 minutes for fighting and a 2 minute roughing), and 19 minutes for Kunitz (5 minutes for fighting, 4 for instigating, and a 10 minute misconduct). Eeeeeeeeheeeheeeheee. Krys Barch later dropped the gloves with Travis Moen, and two other Ducks got roughing penalties later. Jesus, guys, chillax.
The second period had TWO power play goals (and yet, once again, I was not the power play contestant), both from Stèphane Robidas. Yeah, you read that shit right. ROBIDAS. Kunitz scored again in the third period, and damn if the Ducks didn’t try for that third tying goal, but they pulled their goalie and Otter gave them the finger with an empty netter.
Good win for a team that was probably pretty tired. I hate back-to-backs, but man, this was a good one. I think I heard Razor say that the Stars have an excellent record on the second game of a back-to-back. Here’s hoping that they can keep this momentum for Saturday’s matchup against the Red Wings, who will undoubtedly be out for blood.
Oh, and there was something about Marty Turco getting his 200th win, too. ;) I love you, Marty!