Dropping a 1-0 game to a team that sits atop a division in the opposing conference is frustrating, but not at all devastating. Especially when you note that the Dallas Stars didn't exactly outplay the Blueshirts, just cashed in on an opportunity and we couldn't. We had some chances on the PP, and even though our zone time was impressive, we didn't seem able to generate enough dangerous scoring chances (rebounds, 2 on 1s down low, point blank shots). On top of that their call-up goaltender Richard Bachman was up to the task, stopping 34 shots for the shut out on the road. He's a Colorado College grad, as am I, so I'll give that to Dallas.
During the game my roommate txt me "He's no Jeff Sanger." To which I have to agree. That kid was one of a kind.
The Dallas goal was crafty, began with a giveaway by Woywitka on a clearing attempt where the puck unfortunately seemed to die on the boards. Ribero made a nice feed to Daley who out-waited Lundqvist until he found some room 5 hole.
The most exciting part of our attack was probably Hagelin colliding with Bachman who came way out of his crease to chase a puck. Shouldn't have been called a penalty, but the refs were in no position to make the right call. Not sure how that happens. Maybe it has something to do with the recent contact on Ryan Miller from Lukic and Tootoo?
Regardless, need to regroup for the road trip ahead of us as we tangle with St. Louis, Phoenix and the Devils. We recalled Tim Erixon for the voyage, probably just to spot some of our D on the road.