Despite the Stars 2nd straight SO Loss, the Stars have looked strong and eager to return to the leagues elite as the team has looked very strong as some players are looking like their are taylor made for Marc Crawford's style of play.
One of the best ones so far is James Neal who scored both goals in the Nashville game and a SH goal which was set up by a fantastic pass by Marty Turco to make the game 2-1 early in the 2nd period.
Brendan Morrow is continuing his comeback from last year's nasty knee injury by scoring twice in last night's game, the first goal was kind of lucky as he was attempting to pass the puck to Robdias but with off the Oilers skate to deflect the puck in to the net.
One of the biggest changes for Marc Crawford's style is allowing the defense to be more involved with the offense attack while he wants forwards to be a lot more responsible to play defense. James Neal is perfect for this style with his speed and scoring ability with him scoring 3 goals already in the first 2 games.
If this style is going to work throughout the season, Crawford is going to keep the forwards vigilant on defense, this will really be put to the test when the Stars play teams like Detroit and Chicago later in the season.
Early in the 3rd period when the Stars and Oilers were tied at 3-3, Morrow netted his 2nd of the game on the PP with Ribero setting it up from the right face off circle and after a couple of strides into the slot to put it in 5 hole to give the Stars a 4-3 lead. Unfortunately, just 5 minutes later, Denis Grebeshkov converted a one timer that deflected Nicklas Grossman's Leg and over Turco to tie the game 4-4.
During the SO, Stephane Robaids was in a must score situation when he shot the puck off the post and gave the Oilers a 5-4 win in SO. This is the 2nd straight game where the Stars lost in the SO after being one of the best SO teams in the NHL since the SO was introduced after the lockout.
This takes Dallas to 0-0-2 while the Oilers won their first game of the season last night.
On an interesting note, with both Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen out of the lineup. It was the first time that they wasn't a single player from the 1999 Stanley Cup team on the ice.
NCAA Preseason Rankings
With the NCAA Season about to start up, the first rankings of the season are now out and the University of Denver will start the year as the #1 ranked team in the country as the season get's underway for most teams starts on October 9. Chris Brown's team in the University of Michigan will begin the year ranked 3rd.
As for Austin Smith and the Coalgate Raiders which will begin the year unranked after a rough year last year after finishing 8th in their conference last year.
The rankings will have the records for the 2008-2009 season.
1. Denver 23-12-5
2. Boston University 35-6-4
3. Michigan 29-12-0
4. Miami of Ohio 23-13-5
5. Norte Dame 31-6-3
6. North Dakota 24-15-4
7. Cornell 22-10-4
8. Yale 24-8-2
9. Minnesota 17-13-7
10. Princeton 22-12-1
11. Mass-Lowell 20-16-2
12. Boston College 18-14-5
13. Wisconsin 20-16-4
14. Vermont 22-12-5
15. St. Cloud State 18-17-3
16. New Hampshire 20-13-5
17. Ohio State 23-15-4
18. Minnesots-Duluth 22-13-8
19. Air Force Academy 28-11-2
20. Northeasten 25-12-4
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