Defensive effort - they have it. Also note the strategically-placed stick of T.J. Oshie on Mark Fistric here.
But you certainly can't fault the effort as the Stars played their first game with their top two centers sidelined by injury.
And that, more than anything else, is what the Stars want to take away and into tonight's contest against the Detroit Red Wings.
"I thought we were pretty good tonight. We talked about keeping it simple, nobody trying to do too much and everybody pulling their end. I think we did that. A 0-0 game coming in is what we expected and wanted to play. We were one shot away. Give St. Louis credit. That’s a good hockey team. But that is the kind of game going forward, with the injuries we have and what we’re going through, that’s how we have to play. I think overall we can be positive about it."
After the jump, more on the Stars loss to the Blues and their upcoming game against the Red Wings, Jamie Benn gets released from the hospital and jumps on Twitter and Terry Pegula is a sad owner of a struggling hockey team.
- Okay, so I originally thought this was a wire story. But after reading through it then seeing the top of the paywalled gamer on DallasNews.com, I realized McClatchy just used Mike Heika's gamer as their wire copy. So go ahead and read it for free today. [PennLive]
- The picture (which is really a video still) at the top of this story makes me sad. [ESPN Dallas]
- The Blues, meanwhile, are quite excited to be tied for first place in the NHL. Given that the Stars were in this position last season, I feel like I can offer a nice piece of "make sure you finish it out" advice. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
- This is likely more a housekeeping move than anything else, but Mike Ribeiro was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 7 on Monday. He can come off any time, but this allows the Stars to make any call ups if necessary. [DallasNews.com]
- Headshot of the day: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Dane Byers gets three games for his shoulder to the head of San Jose Sharks center Andrew Desjardins. [NHL.com]
- Because you know you missed the weekly Sidney Crosby update, the Pittsburgh Penguins center is apparently going back to his chiropractic neurology specialist because he is still experiencing symptoms. Remember, kids, when you get that first concussion, don't come back and play three days later. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
- In happier injury news for Stars fans, general manager Joe Nieuwendyk called Jamie Benn a "definite possibility" to participate in the All-Star game. He also jumped on Twitter before the game, so we know his hands are feeling well. And if you go earlier in his feed, he was already looking forward to ice cream. [DallasNews.com/Twitter]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: It was a good night to be one of the Detroit Red Wings, who rolled Buffalo 5-0 and saw Pavel Datsyuk pick up his 700th career point. [MLive.com]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: It could be worse for the Stars - they could be playing the Wings at home, where they've now won 15 consecutive games. [Winging it in Motown]
- Around the Pacific Division, the games: In a good news-bad news type of game for scoreboard watchers, the Colorado Avalanche got clobbered 6-0, but it was at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes. [Arizona Republic]
- Around the Pacific Division, the gross: Um, I don't know why the national anthem made Jonathan Quick's nose bleed. I swear I had nothing to do with it. [LA Kings Insider]
- As bad as things are, at least the Stars aren't the Buffalo Sabres. [Yahoo]
- Best Facebook/hockey contest ever or simply inane? I'm going with a little bit of both for this fun with Jeff Skinner and the Carolina Hurricanes. And yes, this is real. [Deadspin]
- The post-game video wasn't up when I went to bed, but there was this new feature which features morning skate interviews over footage.