If there's one thing that's been consistent about the Dallas Stars this season, it's that you can never count them out.
According to Mark Stepneski of ESPN Dallas, Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the American Airlines Center was the fifth time this season the Stars have rallied "late" to tie a game they would eventually win.
I'm not sure what his definition of late is, but the resiliency of this team has been a definite strength, and it showed again Thursday as Radek Dvorak tied the game with less than six minutes remaining, then Eric Nystrom added another game-winner in the final three minutes.
"Games are 60 minutes," said Nystrom, who scored his 9th goal of the season. "They scored one but there was still plenty of time left and we popped a couple of late ones. That’s the character we have on our team. We are never going to give up until that final buzzer goes. We’ve won games like this and this is just another example of it."
After the jump, more on the Stars victory over the Senators, checking in on the Stars prospects in major junior and why you shouldn't spend your money on concert tickets when you might be called up to the NHL.
- In this paywalled story, Heika talks about how injuries to key players are not only posing a test for Glen Gulutzan, but they are also giving opportunities for guys like Dvorak and Nystrom to step up. [DallasNews.com]
- More quotes from both sides from the post-game media scrums. [ESPN Dallas]
- The Ottawa Citizen focuses more on the Senators late collapse in an... oddly-formated game story that quotes Steve Ott from the second intermission interview. Okay then. [Senators Extra]
- Our friends over at Silver Seven give a lot of credit to Andrew Raycroft for his performance, particularly the two late saves. But I thought the most interesting part of this was the shot chart, which shows a significant lack of Senators chances from the slot (the sides of the crease yes, but not the slot proper). The Stars have that system where they care less about total shots than shot location, and we're seeing over and over again that it's fairly effective. [Silver Seven]
- The power play scored a goal! Plan the parade! Or not. [DallasNews.com]
- I don't know if I've ever seen a goalie power rankings (which probably means I'm not paying enough attention, honestly), but the Stars sit 11th in this one even with the Kari Lehtonen injury, and honestly, Andrew Raycroft is earning spots like that with his play as of late. [CBC.ca]
- The writers over at Hockey's Future do some relatively detailed catching up with the Stars prospects in major junior. [Hockey's Future]
- The folks over at ESPN are more than pleased with the Stars first quarter of the season, though they're not quite as optimistic that the team can keep it up given some of the key injuries, particularly in the crease. [ESPN]
- Meet the enemy: The New York Islanders are also thin on the blue line after Andrew MacDonald was injured blocking a shot in Tuesday's victory over the Buffalo Sabres, prompting the team to call up Dylan Reese on an emergency recall. [Lighthouse Hockey]
- Around the Pacific Division, the winners: Carey Price had some issues for the Montreal Canadiens, who fell 4-3 to the San Jose Sharks in the shootout, and the Los Angeles Kings jumped up early and never looked back for a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers. [San Jose Mercury News/Miami Herald]
- Around the Pacific Division, the loser: Pity the poor Phoenix Coyotes. Not only did they get booed every time they touched the puck against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, but they couldn't muster up one measly goal in a 1-0 loss. [NHL.com]
- In this usually funny-or-sweet story of the day spot, I am going with heartwarming today as veteran Erik Cole paid for the parents of rookie Louis Leblanc to fly to their son's first NHL game. Too bad it was when the Anaheim Ducks finally woke up and beat the Montreal Canadiens. [Puck Daddy]
- No. 24 in your roster but No. 1 in your heart, Eric Nystrom talks about his game-winning goal.