I’m going to go ahead and turn my game one summary, a 4-1 Detroit win over Dallas, to Star captain Brenden Morrow, since he kind of captured things perfectly: “You can’t stand around and watch the puck.”
Dallas seemed to spend most of the game standing around, watching the Wings. When you think of Dallas, you tend to think of tight defense. Last night was more like the Stars were watching video. Spending so much time on the penalty kill didn’t help things for Dallas. I’m not sure you can play a typical penaltykill box against the Wings. Since so much of their offense comes in from the point, I would seriously consider playing three up high and one in the crease, to at least try and pretend Johan Franzen can be contained (at one point last night, I actually saw Franzen making a sandwich in the crease; he’s very comfortable there).
At least not too many people saw Detroit win. That’s one thing Dallas can take away.