The Dallas Stars concluded their preseason with a scoring frenzy that resulted in a 6-5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the Stars finished the preseason with a 4-2-1 record.
After a strong start to the preseason the Stars couldn’t keep the winning coming. The opposite to the preseason finale where a bad start with some penalties put the Avalanche up by 2. The Stars then turned things around with a goal from Jason Dickinson and then a power play goal by Jamie Benn to equalize. Tyson Barry then picked up a goal in the last two minutes of the 1st period to restore the Avs lead.
The Avs scored again in the 2nd extending their lead to 4-2 before Faksa bought the Stars back to within a shot, then a minute later Colorado yet again restored their two goal advantage.
Colorado scored first in the 3rd period extending their lead to 6-3, the Stars picked up the pace and Devin Shore makes it 6-4 half-way through the period. With time running out the Stars pull the goalie and with the extra attacker Tyler Seguin gets the Stars back within reach, but its too little too late and the Stars fall 6-5.
The season finale had both teams producing almost opening night rosters, the biggest difference is the Avs played their top goalie Varlamov all night the Stars due to minor injuries and wanting to rest their top 2 goalies started Carlton Point. Point despite the score had a good night, the Stars defense should have been much better and an early 2 power play goals did not help his night. The Stars continued to make mistakes all game totaling 14 giveaways and plenty of things for the Stars to work on.
The offensive production is a very good sign however, Jamie Benn & Tyler Seguin combined for 13 shots on goal plus a bunch of shot attempts and getting 5 past Varlamov is no easy task.
Brett Richie dropped the gloves early in the second with Ian Cole and received a 10-minute misconduct as it was deemed he punched Cole in the back of the head after the players fell to the ice.
Valeri Nichushkin & Stephen Johns and both the Stars net minders were the only ‘guaranteed’ Stars to sit this game out the rest of the lineup was pretty similar to what we will expect to see on Oct 4th.
Jim Montgomery was not happy with the performance, he liked the offensive production but was not happy with the turnovers and the amount of time and space we gave Colorado in our defensive zone. Jim has till Tuesday to cut the roster down to 23 players.
It is finally October, hockey is here!! Be Loud, Wear Green & GO STARS!!!
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