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"The Honeymoon's Over"

Those were the words of Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan following a 6-0 destruction at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday. And how right those words are for a team that has lost its third straight game.


Kari Lehtonen (32) looks on helplessly as Tomas Fleischmann scores

"You start off 11-3 and teams are prepared to play you, they probably watch you a little closer," Gulutzan continued. Fair enough. The Stars started off as hot as any team in the NHL. Now, here is that added dose of adversity that every team goes through.

It's what a team do...

Dynamic Duo in Dallas

If you haven't seen the first goal Jamie Benn scored against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon, please, do so. Pay attention to the disgusting pass from Loui Eriksson. Eriksson's pass to Benn on the second one wasn't too shabby either. This Stars forward duo continues to develop into one of the most potent in the entire league.


Benn (left) and Eriksson (right) celebrate a 7-6 OT victory over Colorado

NHL fans have seen their fair share of dynamic duos throughout the years. Kurri and Gretzky, Crosby and Malkin, Forsberg and Gagne, Datsyuk and Zetterberg...the list goes on. But who would have thought of Eriksson and Benn b...

Stars' Winning Attitude Pays Dividends

This Glen Gulutzan guy, man, what a find, huh? The Dallas Stars are the best team in the entire Western Conference through nine games.


Adam Burish fist pumps with glory after tying the game late vs. Phoenix (AP Photo)

The Dallas Stars look rejuvenated, and, dare I say it, better, since the departure of Brad Richards and the beginning of a new season. From an observer's standpoint, that loss to Minnesota to end their season last year is done and over with.

Tell me you thought the Dallas Stars would be the best team in the Western Conference after 9 games. Better than the Blackhawks, better than the new-look Kings, better than the alw...

Lehtonen Driving Stars Forward

Did you know that Dallas Stars Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen was the second overall pick in 2002 behind Rick Nash? Up until this year Lehtonen's career stats hovered around the .500 mark. With him as the starter, he made the playoffs once with the Atlanta Thrashers, and that run did not last long at all.


Kari Lehtonen makes the blocker save — AP Photo

Enter this year.

The 27-year-old native of Helsinki completely changed his offseason workout routine. He shed a few pounds, gained more muscle mass, and in the process, strengthened muscles that gave him injury fits in the past. Throughout his stint in Atlanta, he would miss...

Passing the Test

Earlier this summer, I highlighted that the first two games of the Dallas Stars' season would be one of the toughest tests. A tough win, and a tough loss. By my indication, they made a statement and passed the test.

In the first game, Kari Lehtonen tended the nets and played out of his mind to the tune of a 2-1 victory. He made 26 saves on 27 shots, and the only Chicago goal came with less than a minute to play. He made several key stops to keep the Stars in it. Two of them came in succession against one Marian Hossa as he got his own rebound.

Some of the new guys factored in on the new game plan, which is aggressively defensive. Michael Ryder had three shots, and third-li...

Hawks Thoughts - Season Opener vs Stars

 

I didn't realize that CSNChicago's Blackhawks column by Tracey Myers and Chris Boden was titled "Hawk Talk," so I had to change my blog title to "Hawks Thoughts." Let me know if you have any other suggestions as I'm not crazy about it at the moment.

Last year, the Chicago Blackhawks lost a grind-it-out battle against the Colorado Avalanche in OT from Paul Stastny's game winning goal in their season opener in Colorado. This year, the Blackhawks hope to avoid a similar fate tonight when they face off against Mike RiBeiro and the Dallas Stars.

 

Notable starters for the Blackhawks who ...

Western Conference Predictions

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Before the season begins, i thought I'd take a stab at predicting where each team will fall in the 2011-12 season. So, without further ado:

 

Vancouver Canucks – They might have a slow start coming out of the gate, as two of their top six players in Kesler and Raymond are out to start the season, but this is still a darn good hockey team. The Canucks will be icing basically the same roster as they did last season, minus Christian Ehrhoff, and I do not see any reason why they won&#...

A Real Star

He was the first overall selection by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988.  He was the face of two franchises.  He was a playoff performer.  A complete player, and a class act.

Most importantly, he is the greatest American scorer in NHL history.

These are just a few accolades that can be used to describe Mike Modano.  One could argue that Modano’s entrance into the NHL started a revolution in attitudes towards hockey in the United States. 

The Livonia, Michigan native gained notoriety by becoming the second American player taken first overall in the NHL Entry Draft.  Modano replaced draft bust Brian La...

Hockey's Back: Someone Send the Memo to the Habs


Hockey has finally returned! For the first time in months, the Montreal Canadiens took the Bell Centre ice last night, taking on the Dallas Stars in the first game of the pre-season.

Unfortunately, it seemed as if someone didn't give the Habs the memo, who found themselves on the receiving end of a 6-3 loss at the hands the Stars, led by former Habs Michael Ryder and Mike Ribeiro.

The Canadiens had an especially tough start, going down 0-3 to Dallas in less than ten minutes, and 0-4 by the second period, with Carey Price between the pipes. The Canadiens would rally with three goals of th...

Uphill Climb

For those of you who haven't looked at the Dallas Stars' schedule, the beginning of the season is approaching soon.  Thing is, it's going to be a tough start for the new-look team.

The 2011-12 season begins within the confines of the American Airlines Center, but against the team that The Hockey News picked as the Western Conference finalist--the Chicago Blackhawks.  Not only one game against the Hawks.  Two.  October 7 and 8, prepare yourself for a home-and-home with one of the strongest teams in the entire National Hockey League. 

Not all is lost.  Last season, the Stars romped over not just the Chicago Blackhawks, but the Central Di...