The Dallas Stars have happily embraced the Twitter hashtag #peskystars as almost a moniker for this season, putting on T-shirts and their official webpage.
I now submit Jamie Benn should go ahead and try to do the same thing with #BeastMode.
When the 22-year-old center gets going, there is precious little in the NHL that can stop him, and he proved that again in Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Benn scored the game-tying and game-winning goals and was the best player on the ice.
"A real big night for Benny. He was our best guy up front tonight," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "Double shifting him, mostly in the third, you can see it paid dividends. The more you play him the better he gets. I thought he was strong tonight in all aspects of his game, not just the two goals. He was physical, he played both ends and it was fun to watch for all of us."
Benn has nine points in the last four games and is on a four-game multi-point streak. Yup, I'd say #BeastMode is warranted.
After the jump, more on the Stars win over the Oilers, which NHLPA representatives voted for realignment and two NHL teams lose their minds.
- While Benn is getting a deserved amount of attention, it was another eventful day from center Mike Ribeiro, who tried a cage, got kneed, put a brace on and took his cage off, then came back and scored two goals. Gerry Fraley details some of that in this paywalled article. [DallasNews.com]
- Like Brandon did yesterday afternoon, Mark Stepneski breaks down Adam Burish talking about the NHLPA's realignment decision. [ESPN Dallas]
- Our friends over at Copper and Blue wrap up what was a horrendous road trip for the Oilers, not only because they lost all but one game but because they also lost several key players, including Jordan Eberle to a knee injury on Saturday. [Copper and Blue]
- There's not a whole lot of national outrage about the Steve Ott hit on Anton Lander, and there is absolutely none about the Andy Sutton hit on Loui Eriksson. Is that precursor to nothing from the Shanahammer? We'll probably find out Monday. [Backhand Shelf]
- The Edmonton Journal also takes on those injuries in an extremely comprehensive look at the game, including the only mention I saw anywhere other than Dallas outlets about the Sutton hit, though the writer does try to excuse him a bit. [Edmonton Journal]
- I thought this was a fairly comprehensive look at the realignment vote with informative links to things I didn't know, such as that the vote from the PA was 28-2 and the only teams that voted in favor of it were the representatives from the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings. Considering that there were several other teams really helped by the realignment who also voted against the proposal, that tells me a lot. [ProHockeyTalk]
- Why oh why can't some Montreal Canadiens fans let go of the fact their new coach doesn't speak French? I mean, even though it was silly, I could stomach the initial outrage. But it's been like a month, people. Why protest now? [Toronto Sun]
- Meet the enemy: There is so much unintentional comedy in this story about how the Anaheim Ducks should take a lesson from the Boston Bruins about not trading their superstars. Because losing Joe Thornton was painful, yes, but it absolutely set the stage for last year's Stanley Cup win. Of course, since this is a Vancouver paper, I can see that they might not want to acknowledge that fact. [Vancouver Sun]
- Around the Pacific Division, the winners: Shane Doan had the first hat trick of his career, scoring his third goal at 19:59 of the third period of the Phoenix Coyotes' 5-1 win over the New York Islanders. And the San Jose Sharks look to be starting their spring surge early with a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals. [Arizona Republic/San Jose Mercury News]
- Around the Pacific Division, the loser: The Los Angeles Kings were back to their old offensive problems in a 1-0 shutout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets where Grant Clitsome had the only goal of the game. The gallows humor from Jarret Stoll is kind of awesome in this story. [Los Angeles Times]
- The Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. Seriously, both of these teams lost their minds a little bit, including lowlights from Alex Burrows and Brad Marchand. [Puck Daddy]
- Thinks I learned from this Glen Gulutzan post-game interview - Richard Bachman has relaxed since Kari Lehtonen returned to full health, Loui Eriksson is sneaky and Eric Nystrom is the team's Typhoid Mary.