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Stars flop in season-opener

Oct 4, 2013, 12:01 PM EST

After a 5-0-2 preseason, hopes were high for the Dallas Stars as they prepared to open the regular season Thursday at home against last year’s worst team in the NHL.

Unfortunately, if we had to describe the Stars’ performance last night versus the Florida Panthers, we might have to go with this:

The Stars — featuring a new head coach in Lindy Ruff and a new tantalizing talent in former second overall pick Tyler Seguin — lost the game, 4-2.

And deservedly so.

“Maybe we thought it was going to be a little easy,” said Ruff, per Stars Inside Edge. “We had a good camp. That’s what I took from the game. Situations that we battled hard and came out on top, we lost tonight. Those are battles we have to win.”

The power play — an area many expected to improve with the addition of Sergei Gonchar — was particularly ineffective. In fact, the Stars had 5:08 of power-play time against the Panthers and had no power-play shots on goal.

“We had five or six attempts and all those shots were blocked. I thought our composure on the power play a couple times wasn’t good enough,” Ruff said. “We weren’t very good on the entries either.”

Yes, it was only one game, but given their current status in the local sports marketplace, it sure wasn’t the way they wanted to start. The announced crowd at the American Airlines Center was just 16,100, and the empty seats in the lower bowl were noticeable.

Dallas plays next on Saturday versus the Capitals.

  1. mgp1219 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Seguin is their savior. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Good luck with that spoiled brat. You’ll learn soon enough what he’s all about.

  2. alicesrightfootesq - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    What an overreaction. They played well against an improved Panthers team and the game could have gone either way.

    • Jason Brough - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      They played well? Really? Guess we watched different games. I was watching the same one Ruff watched.

      • hubeydubeydoo11 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        The stars did good. Didnt play to their full potential but they still played well. It isnt a matter of “we thought it would be easy” they just got outplayed by a good panthers team. They are healthy right now and they will be tough win. The stars need to bounce back and the panthers need to keep playing with that same intensity

      • Jason Brough - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Agree to disagree. When the coach says “We just didn’t play well enough” and the captain says ““I think they outworked us tonight,” I’m not putting that in the “did good” category.

        http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-stars/headlines/20131003-heika-third-period-breakdowns-prove-new-look-stars-are-raw-rough-and-unfinished.ece

  3. alicesrightfootesq - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Jason: Were you expecting them to come out and pull a Matt Leinart? Of course they’re going to say generic post-game comments.

  4. earpaniac - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I wouldn’t put “we got outplayed” & “we got out worked” as generic post game comments.

  5. dbida - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Seriously? Justifying the loss by building up Florida as this “very improved team” is pretty sad. They’re somewhat improved, at best, and still a basement team. And when you consider how much more improved Dallas is, it sounds like nothing more than excuses from fans.

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