There are a lot of things Zdeno Chara can do in hockey. He hits hard, he shoots the puck with tremendous velocity, he can even punch your lights out. But pulling off a spin-o-rama and scoring a backhand goal to the short side? Uh, yeah, you can add that to the list.
Check out his goal against Jacob Markstrom and the Panthers this afternoon that put Boston up 2-0 in the first period and just allow for your jaw to hit the floor. Also, enjoy Jack Edwards’ call of the play. “6’9″ and he’s a ballerina!” (YouTube)
Sometimes a final score is misleading. In the case of the St. Louis Blues’ 6-1 thrashing of the Dallas Stars, it might just be the start of the story.
Honestly, the most positive thing the Stars can say is “Well, at least it was just one game.”
It was one ugly game, however, and now the Blues hold a 2-1 series lead with a chance to really take control if they can win Game 4 at home.
The Blues dominated just about every category on Tuesday, firing more shots on goal, enjoying better special teams play and throwing more hits. They even blocked a higher number of shots, which often isn’t the case for the squad that carries play.
This leaves the Stars picking up the pieces, especially when it comes to their work in their own end.
Do you put greater blame on struggling goaliesKari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi or is this more about the Stars’ lax defensive coverage? The scary answer may be “Both,” and the Stars likely know that they need to find answers quickly.