It’s amazing how things can change in a week. Last Friday the Dallas Stars were having their tails handed to them by the Chicago Blackhawks and last night the Stars showed the Anaheim Ducks a team’s record has nothing to do with its talent.
Last week the Stars were looking for a scoring spark and a missing piece that may or may not lead the team out of the depths of a slump. Last night Sergei Zubov the rock on the Stars blue line returned along with new addition Mark Parrish who would record a hat-trick in his first game as a Dallas Star. Way to set the bar high mark.
“Great start by Parrish, we knew he was in his element,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said in the Stars pregame recap. “He had some timely goals on the spot and he was a solid player for us tonight.”
Anaheim may have come into the game seeking redemption after last years disappointing playoffs exit at the hands of Dallas but the Stars would open up scoring at 7:07 of the first with a backhand goal by rookie Fabian Brunnstrom. Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow assisted on the goal. At 9:14 the Ducks Travis Moen took an elbowing penalty setting up the Stars Mark Parrish with a power play goal at 10:44. Sean Avery and Philippe Boucher recorded assists on Parrish’s first goal of the season. Anaheim’s Brendan Morrison, an offseason free agent signing, would chip away at the Stars two goal lead with a tip-in goal at 17:28.
“Brunnstrom is very typical for a young player, good hands around the net and he is an astute learner,” Tippett said. “He is a good player around the net and he’ll continue to improve as he goes.”
The second period would be all Mark Parrish. Parrish would score his newest team two more goals in the period, making the score 4-1. The first goal came on a snap shot and on the power play. Mike Ribeiro and Brad Richards assisted on the goal. At 5:52 Parrish scored his first hat-trick as a Dallas Star. Can anyone believe Dallas got this guy for half a million?
Notable penalties of the second period were a fight between the Ducks Brian Sutherby and the Stars Phillipe Boucher at 3:24, and offsetting roughing penalties at 15:39 between Anaheim’s Chris Pronger and the Stars’ Steve Ott.
The third saw just as much exciting action between the two teams, including a very talented Ducks team refuse to give up on the game. At 9:01 Brad Richards extended the Stars lead to 5-1 on a tip-in goal from Steve Ott and Trevor Daley. Scott Niedermayer would draw final blood on Marty Turco with a power play goal at 10:35. Assisting on the goal were Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf.
Surprisingly enough Anaheim outshot Dallas 30-26. Dallas’ Marty Turco seemed to regain some confidence in himself and his team with the win, especially with a talented goalie like J.S. Giguere across from him being lit up, and replaced by back-up Jonas Hiller. Both Hiller and Giguere faced 13 shots; Hiller stopped 12 while Giguere stopped 9.
“I’ve been working hard and we’ve been through some rough patches, I wasn’t myself, but tonight is a step in the right direction,” Turco said. “Parrish was really good tonight obviously and I think playing the Ducks here brings out the best in us tonight. It’s important to get a win no matter what and build on this moving forward.”
Other Stars News:
- Dallas’ Sergei Zubov recorded 21:09 worth of ice time and seemed more than ready to be back on the ice.
- Mark Parris appears to have been paired on a second line with Sean Avery and Brad Richards.
Ken Armer is the NHL Community Coordinator for Bleacher Report and also serves as the Community Leader for the Dallas Stars. He can be contacted on his profile or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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