It wasn't a good night for any Dallas Stars player whose primary job it was to keep pucks out of the net.
The New Jersey Devils made just about every Stars defenseman look bad at one point or another in their 6-3 victory over Dallas on Friday. The fine folks at the Prudential Center might have only knocked the Stars with three giveaways, but that number is laughably low. I would venture a guess the Stars defense combined for at least 8-10.
And young goalie Richard Bachman, fresh off three consecutive wins, also struggled.
It started when he allowed a bad-angle goal from David Clarkson to tie the game late in the first period, a goal he admitted probably rattled him longer than it should.
"I just look at moments in the game and wish I would have reacted differently,'' goalie Richard Bachman said. "I gave up that first one, and it probably bothered me too much. But this is a tough league and you're going to learn lessons every day. I think that's a good thing.''
Still, it was an above-.500 road trip, which all things considered probably has to be taken as a positive. Though once again, they win the road trip mathematically but end up with a minus-3 goal differential on the trip. One day they will need to fix that.
After the jump, more on the Stars loss to the Devils, Matt Niskanen has apparently morphed into a stay-at-home defenseman and fun with internet trade rumors, this time involving the Dallas Stars and Kyle Turris.
- The Stars have been on their best behavior in terms of the penalties the past few games, but they were undisciplined in other key ways against New Jersey, as Mike Heika discusses in this paywalled gamer. [DallasNews.com]
- Mark Stepneski picks up on that same theme in his gamer. Gee, I wonder if they think turnovers were a problem. [ESPN Dallas]
- Young defenseman Philip Larsen left the game early with what was later revealed to be a charley horse, which can either be used to mean nasty leg cramping (I find this one unlikely) or a painful bruise or hematoma to the quad (I find this one very likely). Although he indicated to Heika that it hopefully wasn't serious, there's still a paywalled article about how it might force more defensive shuffling. [DallasNews.com]
- Our friends over at In Lou We Trust are, understandably, quite pleased with the way everything went. [In Lou We Trust]
- Um, Zach Parise is really good. End of game story. Though it was not very nice of him to do it in front of my sister, who lives in NYC and therefore only gets to see the Stars a couple times a year. Not nice at all. [The Star-Ledger]
- Oh TFP, I sometimes think you just make things up to drive the hit counts up. I haven't seen any reports that linked the Dallas Stars to Kyle Turris of the Phoenix Coyotes (not including crazy trade proposals on HF) until this little blurb. [The Fourth Period]
- And once again proving how the great game of Telephone online works, that got picked up by the Edmonton Journal. Still looking for those original reports, TFP. [Edmonton Journal]
- Lord knows I haven't payed one ounce of attention to Matt Niskanen this season, though like all former Stars I hope he does well (just not well enough that the Pittsburgh Penguins fans start gloating about that trade again). But has he really become a stay-at-home defensemen in Pittsburgh? I find that hard to believe. [ESPN]
- In other former Stars news, Krys Barch is fitting right in with the Florida Panthers. Though their coach seems to be looking for some offense out of him, and I'm not sure how reasonable that is given his strengths. [Miami Herald]
- I don't agree with everything former Montreal Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden lays out in this article about head injuries in hockey, but he's a wonderful writer and worth reading just for the word choices. [Grantland]
- Meet the enemy: Ralph Strangis called them the Duckies on Friday's broadcast, but the Anaheim Ducks played more like Ducklings in their 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Around the Pacific Division: So many inappropriate headline jokes to make with this article about Dan Boyle and his sticks, so little time. [CSN Bay Area]
- New game - spot the DBD commenter who makes an appearance as a contributor in this Jersey Fouls entry. I do hope none of you showed up in the pictures. [Puck Daddy]
- People take kids' sports way too seriously. I know this is in good fun, but promising a preteen girl you'll get a tattoo of her favorite team if her team wins the city championship? A bit much. Funny, but a bit much. [Winnipeg Free Press]
- The Stars were so eager to get home after the five-game trip, and really, I can't blame them, that they didn't put up their normal post-game interviews by the time I went to bed. So instead, I bring you this holiday classic from the Belfast Giants. Yes, it's a year old. But it's that time of year and awesome and features a giant, dancing, hockey elf. Unfortunately, copyright issues mean I can't embed it as per usual, but follow the link. Just... trust me. [YouTube]
- I mean it, Stars. I want Jamie Benn in a funny, holiday-themed video, and I want it yesterday. #PeskyChristmas