As frustrating as this game was, it's not as bad as everyone might make it out to be.
A.) You aren't going to keep winning road games in the NHL. Too hard. Pens got off to the third-best start on the road in franchise history.
B.) The high of almost getting Jordan Staal back...and then losing him was present in this game. It just was there.
C.) First game back for Big Z, and it was rough. He is going to be a huge part of the defense. Might be the worse game he ever plays. And he only ended up a -1.
D.) No Pascal Dupuis, who is just starting to get hot. He was with his wife, witnessing his baby being born.
Which begs the question: Would he have been given moustache leeway if they had this baby in October?
Would you really make Dupuis sport a porn stache in all the hospital-room pics? No way.
Even though we're sugar-coating this shit, it still wasn't a whole lot of fun watching the Stars pretty much dominate from start to finish. Not to mention that if you looked up in the sky around 9:30, you would've seen the Space Shuttle Johnson breaking apart as it came back to earth.
But that's where we are at. Expect MAF to come up big on Friday and Johnson maybe on Saturday.
It is going to be a choppy stretch here for the next month.
And apparently some reporter in Austin, Texas, has nothing better to do than attack bloggers on Twitter:
"So smoke on that and shutup" is the new "run and tell that, homeboy."
This tweet has since been deleted by Chris Sadeghi.
Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee had nothing to say after the game
as he got on a flight to New York to talk with Yankee management.
Don't know what the HD looks like.
But Dallas' TV camera angle is suffocating.
The Pens immediately change their line-up and have Talbot play with Kunitz and Crosby.
Johnson plays a puck, and it goes right to a Star.
The guy throws it at the net. Johnson plays it funny. No one knows where it's at.
If that wasn't an omen, nothing is.
Ott with a big hit.
Comrie confuses Ott with Hilary Duff and hits him from behind. No call.
FSN makes a "Toby Petersen used to be a Penguin" reference.
Stephane Robidas with a shot from the point. Goal.
Rock & Roll Part 2. Actually, Part 1 of 5.
Robidas is a beast. Steiggy or Errey mentioned the Pens wanted him at the draft or something.
Felt like the Pens had no shots for the first 10 minutes.
Nothing was getting through. And that would be a theme on the night.
The Stars dump a puck in.
Michalek still thinks he's at Southpointe and loses a battle on the boards
Every Penguin in the zone stands and watches as Star comes off the boards with the puck.
Brad Richards is sitting untouched in the circle. Snipe. 2-0.
Richards is filthy. He kills the Pens. rogue mouse pointer.
The Stars come back with a chance, but they hit the post. Johnson was in trouble.
The Pens' defense has no idea what's going on now. They give up a two-on-one. Johnson with a big save.
Malkin and Sid are playing together with Kunitz. A long shift for them. The Stars take a penalty.
Godard got jobbed, and Malkin got a stick in the face. Another penalty. A Pens power play.
Pens had a 5-on-3 for almost an entire 2 minutes. And it was probably the most embarrassing 2 minutes we've ever seen on television. We aren't hockey experts, but Letang has to be on that instead of Goligoski. They're trying to set up one-timers, but that would be infinitely better if there is a threat of one-timers at both points. But, no, whoever was gonna pass that one-timer has to go to the left point before passing it. Way too predictable. Disappointing.