They should be happy they even squeaked away with a point, considering they were down 2-4 against COLUMBUS with the final minutes of the third period ticking away. Leave it to Stephane "Cage Face" Robidas to get his third assist of the night (objectively - that's impressive; subjectively - suck it, Dallas), setting up Brad Richards on the first of two goals in about thirty seconds. Trevor Daley got the tying goal with help from The Two Mikes - Ribeiro and Modano.
Fortunately, Columbus star Rick Nash, previously without a point for the evening, got the game-winner with twenty-one seconds left of overtime. The Columbus Blue Jackets spoiled the Stars' home opener, 5-4.
Way to stick it to your old team, coach Hitchcock.
Martin Brodeur's least favorite NHL player (and new Dallas Star) Sean Avery was without a point tonight, though (not surprisingly) he did serve Dallas' first penalty of the year - for slashing.
Elsewhere in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks fell to the New York Rangers at MSG, 4-2; the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Islanders at "the Rock," 2-1; the freakin' ATLANTA THRASHERS kept Alexander Ovechkin without a point, and came back to beat the Washington Capitals, 7-4 in Atlanta; the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers, 6-4 in N.C. (yawn...); the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in the shootout, in Buffalo (let's-go-Bu-ffa-lo); the St. Louis Blues won over the Nashville Predators, 5-2, in St. Louie.
Great night for the home crowds - except, by the grace of God, at the American Airlines Center. Suck it, Stars.