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Once again, it was a woeful first period from the Blues. They were outshot 11-7 and gave up three powerplays to the Stars – including a 5 on 3. The Stars took advantage, scoring twice to go in at the interval 2-0 up.
The second period was much better but despite outshooting the Stars 12-1 they still couldn’t solve Kari Lehtonen in the Stars goal. It was coming – you could feel it – it was just a question of when. The period was further livened up with a fight between former Blue, Jeff Woywitka and Roman Polak. Woywitka is no walkover and yet Polak simply destroyed him.
Raycroft took over for Lehtonen in the Stars goal for the third period and it happened to coincide with the Blues finally exploding into life. David Perron scored a powerplay goal to bring the Blues right back into the game before, rather wonderfully, Brad Boyes levelled the game minutes later with a strangely looping yet powerful shot close to 5 minutes into the period. Of course, another powerplay to the Stars – a very ragged penalty kill from the Blues and the Stars pulled ahead once again with Niskanen scoring after 9 minutes.
The Blues weren’t finished – and TJ Oshie levelled the game once more with a trademark goal from a seemingly impossible angle. The game went to overtime and former Star, BJ Crombeen netted the winner for the Blues.