I imagine we're going to be hearing about this one for a while.
The Stars just scored seven straight goals at home against the Rangers, including six in a row in the third period, during a 10-2 blowout. Dallas had only nine shots on goal in the third period, making netminder Steve Valiquette's save percentage for the period just .333.
It'll be interesting to get some reaction as it comes from both camps.
The game was really a matchup of two teams headed in opposite directions. As I wrote in the Sean Avery post earlier today, the Rangers have been wholly mediocre since a hot start and, with Henrik Lundqvist out with the flu, you could see something like this coming. Dallas, meanwhile, started the year 11-14-4 and was in the Western Conference basement but has gone 14-5-3 since mid-December to move into fifth spot in the playoff race.
UPDATE Here are some stats from the game as provided by the Stars media relations folks:
- The 10 goals scored by Dallas is the most scored by the team since moving to Texas in 1993.
- The last time that the Rangers gave up 10 goals was April 9, 1993 vs. Pittsburgh.
- Dallas is now 10-1-1 in its last 12 home games, and in the last 15 contests at American Airlines Center, the team is 12-2-1.
UPDATE Here's some reaction from the Rangers from the team's official site:
“There’s no way to sugarcoat it,” said captain Chris Drury. “It was embarrassing, humiliating, and it was awful.”
“We’re all embarrassed, and it starts with me,” Scott Gomez said. “It’s unacceptable, and we’re embarrassed the way we played. We embarrassed our fans and the organization.
“I feel the worst for Vali. The guy is always there and is a great teammate, and we let him down. It’s an embarrassment.”
There seems to be a theme there.
“This is a big loss, there’s no question about that,” said head coach Tom Renney. “But 3-2 or 10-2, a loss is a loss. The one thing we can’t do is hide behind a low-scoring game this time around. We got hammered.
"You can't be more disappointed than what happened tonight."
UPDATE I've been hearing from an increasing number of Rangers fans all season about Renney, and it's almost all been bad. New York's starting to fall back into the fringes of making the playoffs, and if their slide continues, the coach is going to be in jeopardy.
UPDATE Scotty Hockey isn't having any fun after this one.