Dallas (6-2-4) entered last season with lofty goals after falling to Detroit in six games in the 2008
In an effort to return to the postseason, Dallas fired coach Dave Tippett and replaced him with Crawford, who spent last season as a TV analyst after not reaching the playoffs in two seasons with Los Angeles.
Crawford, who guided Colorado to the Stanley Cup in 1996, has the
The 1995 Jack Adams Award winner will become the 15th coach in NHL history to reach 1,000 games Friday, but he’ll still be 1,141 behind Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman for the all-time lead.
“I thought the overtime was our best period for whatever reason,” Crawford said. “It looked like we had good command in our own zone, good control of the puck, and it looked like we had some sustainable pressure. (Wednesday) we were able to persevere.”
Neal, who added an assist against the
Neal’s seven goals lead Dallas and his 14 points are one back of
Florida is also trying to end a four-game slide (0-3-1) after falling 4-3 to Ottawa on Wednesday.
“When things are going bad, you never get the bounces,” said defenseman