While the Dallas Stars showed up emotionally engaged to their Tuesday night game against the Detroit Red Wings, there were other critical parts of the game that didn't seem to make it to the American Airlines Center for the 5-4 loss.
Gap control for most of the defense was a big one, as the Stars struggled to hand of the onrushing Wings forwards from the backchecking forwards to the backing-in defense. And general defensive zone coverage could have been sharper too, especially when it came to turnovers.
Those were the types of things things coach Glen Gulutzan pointed to after the loss.
"Yeah, his performance I thought was fine. Even that one that went from the side of the net went off our defenseman's skate. What do you do? He made some huge saves in the first. He's still trying to reach for his stick on one. Second goal, good shot. We just made too many mistakes. Our D were backing off the line too much and we had some lazy mistakes. If you're going to be lazy, it's going to cost you."
After the jump, more on the Stars loss to the Red Wings, a bunch more on the debut of the Benn Brother Act and Stephane Robidas on learning how to age gracefully.
- Predictably, a lot of the attention went to the pretty solid NHL debut of defenseman Jordie Benn, who was on the ice in the final minutes of the game, played 16:31 total and ended up with an assist. [DallasNews.com]
- A nice little collection of notes from the game from Richard Durrett. [ESPN Dallas]
- Even the Red Wings players admit they got a couple of lucky bounces for goals, and they also know they didn't get a top-notch night from goalie Jimmy Howard. [Detroit Free Press]
- If you're in the mood for an incredibly detailed breakdown of how each goal happened, our friends at Winging It In Mowtown have you covered. [Winging It In Mowtown]
- The debut of the brother act of Jordie and Jamie Benn got a fair amount of attention around the league, including this pair of articles from NHL.com. The first is a typical feature and the second details all the other brothers who are currently in the NHL. [NHL.com/NHL.com]
- Earn a bid to the Cotton Bowl, get tickets to a Stars game. Apparently both the Kansas State Wildcats and Arkansas Razorbacks football teams were in attendance tonight. [ESPN Dallas]
- God bless Stephane Robidas for trying to attend every optional practice and go the extra mile every day, but even he knows he can't keep that up as he moves into his mid-30s. On the plus side, he is still a possibility to return Thursday against the Nashville Predators. [DallasNews.com]
- The agent for Florida Panthers enforcer Krys Barch is confident that the incident where he was tossed out of the game against the Montreal Canadiens for alleged racial taunts will end up being a big bag of nothing. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
- Meet the enemy: Shea Weber still doesn't have a timetable for his return after suffering a concussion while being checked by Mark Fistric just before Christmas, but the Predators defenseman did take part in Tuesday's practice. [On The Forecheck]
- Around the Pacific Division: Only one game tonight other than Dallas, and it featured the Phoenix Coyotes never getting their heads in the game in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. [StLToday.com]
- Look what story is still rolling! Yes, that Randy Cunneyworth can't speak French and it makes some Habs fans crazy storyline still has some legs to it. [Puck Daddy]
- No. 58 on the roster but No. 1 in your hearts, Jordie Benn speaks to the media after his NHL debut.