5 takeaways: Despite Lightning result, Stars rose to the challenge
The level of competition was there, and for most of the game the Stars were one shot away from taking the lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Despite losing 3-1, the Stars stayed with the Lightning the entire game, even through a second period when possession of the puck heavily favored the home club. They bent, but didn’t break, and came so close to scoring a game-winning third-period goal thanks to glorious chances from Luke Glendening and Radek Faksa.
Here are the game’s five takeaways.
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LINDELL JOINS THE BOARD
Known more for his stop work, anytime Esa Lindell contributing offensively is a plus. The veteran defender put the Stars on the board with a pinpoint shot that sliced through traffic before crashing into the nearest post and into the back of the net.
It gave the friendly defenseman points in three straight games and, more importantly, gave the Stars the lead. Unfortunately, Dallas gave up the tying marker with 12 seconds left in the first period, but Lindell’s goal was a byproduct of the Stars’ hard work and creating chances in the offensive zone.
Video: [email protected]: Lindell enters the area, shoots well
TWO SHOTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FRAME ARE NOT ENOUGH
At one point, the Stars went nearly 25 minutes without a shot. They were left with two in the middle frame, but an attack that struggled to come up on the road didn’t do them any favours.
GREAT CHANCES IN 3RD, BUT NO DICE
The Stars had a streak early in the third period where they had back-to-back Grade A scoring chances but couldn’t solve Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Glendening was launched on a partial breakaway but stoked his backhand attempt. Moments later, Faksa was robbed on the doorstep when Vasilevskiy pushed from right to left to seal the backdoor.
Unfortunately, the Lightning struck soon after, a breakaway goal for Colton Point that led them 2-1.
KHUDOBIN DOES HIS PART
Despite the defeat, Anton Khudobin had a solid performance in goal for the Stars. He kept the Stars in, especially in the second period when they were outshot 9-2.
“He was awesome,” coach Rick Bowness said. “Anton did his job and made big saves when needed.”
The only goals that passed Khudobin were on the power play and on the breakaway.
After being embarrassed on Friday, the Stars responded with a much better performance on Saturday. Both games were against elite teams and the level of competition, according to Bowness, was day and night.
Bowness says he was proud of the way his team fought the Lightning and told the players before the game that regardless of the outcome, they had to walk away with their heads held high.
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Kyle Shohara is the digital manager of DallasStars.com and writes about the Stars/NHL. Follow him on Twitter @kyleshohara.