Dallas was unprepared from the drop of the puck. They could not gain possession and spent the better part of the first period chasing the Panthers.
Allowing 22 shots in 20 minutes, while simultaneously only putting six shots on the opposition, is unacceptable in this league. There is no specific recipe for success; however, surrendering an immense amount of shots against is not usually going to work out in your favor.
The Stars were not physical, were not shooting and seemed discombobulated during the opening 20 minutes. That resulted in a severe disadvantage as they gave themselves 40 minutes to overcome a three-goal deficit.
With Niemi in net the Stars forgot what to do defensively. They were giving pucks away and taking away the less dangerous player’s positioning instead of following their system.
As the game continued they improved their defensive play. However, by that point Florida’s lead was too much to surmount.
Dallas lost this game in the opening frame and they lost their winning streak at the same time.
Dallas will host the Montreal Canadiens this Wednesday in hopes of a different result.