The Stars and Ducks love home-ice advantage and it has been evident this season. And it also seems that the Stars love to annihilate the Ducks in the second period. However, it was not a strong enough second period for Dallas and the Ducks came marching back.
The Stars started playing like they always do. They relied solely on defense and put very few shots on goal. Dallas did get a powerplay but unfortunately, they did absolutely nothing. The Ducks seemed to have complete control of this game and eventually cashed in. A big night for Ducks Ondrej Kase started with a back-door, wrist shot off the rush. The Stars held on thankfully and looked to regroup during the intermission.
The regroup seemed to work as the Stars began doing what they normally to the Ducks in the second period. The Stars found themselves back onto the power play and with a few seconds left, took the reigns away from Anaheim. Miro Heiskanen found a hefty rebound from Spezza and blasted it past John Gibson. Then a few minutes later, Blake Comeau had an easy tip-in shot after a beautiful feed from Devin Shore, off the rush. Now the Stars didn’t stop there as they continued there comeback. The Stars got another power play and took advantage of this one as well. Alexander Radulov was given too much time from the right dot and sniped one over the right shoulder of John Gibson. The Ducks, now stunned, were in disbelief that this was happening again. However, Kase was not about to let the Stars make a fool of them once again. After a Ducks power-play expired, Kase ripped one past Bishop to make it more interesting going into the third.
The final period was not one for the Stars to remember. The final frame started with the Ducks essentially manhandling the Stars in their zone. The complete meltdown began when the Stars sort of lost Kase on the side of the net and he ripped one past Bishop again for his first ever hat-trick. Then mere minutes later, Montour found the puck off a broken play and shot into the gaping net and gave the Ducks the lead once again. It didn’t stop there, however, as the Stars desperately needed to get one back but could not get settled. The Ducks broke out of their zone and on the rush Jakob Silfverberg ricocheted the puck off his skate, and into the net, past Bishop. The Stars tried to mount a miraculous comeback but to no avail. The Ducks Hampus Lindholm then sent one down into the empty net to ice the game at 6-3.
This is one game that the Stars try their hardest to forget and move on. The entire team was bad, even Bishop. Usually, this happens every once in a while, but it seems too common for the Stars. It is difficult to pinpoint the root of the problem, but it is most likely a lack of effort. The team has talent and the capability to win, but they just shut down sometimes and look completely lost on the ice. This could be where the inexperience of Monty comes in but the Stars need their leaders to step up more if that’s the case. Overall, there are still some issues that the team needs to address. Yet, it is still plausible to say that the Stars have the potential to be an elite team. Again, the season is young, but the Stars cannot afford to slip in the standings. Hopefully, Monty or Nill can conjure up something to shake this team up.
The Stars stay in California to take on the Sharks.
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