The biggest among those, at least in my mind? The fact that Jamie Benn took yet another step towards moving into a key leadership role.
It wasn't the best game of the season for Benn, who took a key penalty early that set the Stars reeling and lost a key draw on the second goal then couldn't come through with any desperately needed offense in the second and third periods.
But to his immense credit, he very publicly acknowledged that he needed to do better.
``There was a bad penalty in the first by me, and that led to a goal. And then, lose a faceoff and don't block the shot, and it goes into the back of the net and you're down 2-0 right away,'' Benn said. ``I have to be better than that. I have to take accountability for that.''
Now, there are lots of other mistakes to break down on both goals, and it would be easy for Benn to fall back on something like that and talk about team concept and everyone needing to be better. And the real test will be how he responds Thursday against the Calgary Flames.
But personal accountability is a great start.
After the jump, more on the loss to the Red Wings, why the Stars should trade for Rick Nash and all the scoreboard watching to get your hopes up and then quash them.
- If you want to relive all the infamy that was the last 15 minutes of the first period, Mark Stepneski's got you covered. [ESPN Dallas]
- Another of the good things from the game was a bounce-back performance from goalie Kari Lehtonen, who seems to be better the more shots he sees. This paywalled gamer from Mike Heika details what the Stars learned about him on Tuesday. [DallasNews.com]
- Here's how our friends over at Winging it in Motown saw the game. I did get a good chuckle out of the headline. That's how you make a Valentine's Day pun without making the readers groan at the punniness. Also, props for the permalink in all its abruptness. [Winging it in Motown]
- All the focus from the Detroit side, rightfully, is on the Red Wings home winning streak, which while done in a different era than the original records is certainly a huge accomplishment in and of itself. [Windsor Star]
- This blog makes the case that the Stars should try to pry Rick Nash away from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now, I'm not sure I agree with the author on all facets, but he does lay out a solid argument. [The Hockey Writers]
- If you want a little bit of an outside perspective on how the Stars prospects are developing, check out this write-up from earlier in the month. [Hockey's Future]
- This is mostly an Edmonton OIlers Q&A column, but Loui Eriksson gets a nice mention as a possible Lady Byng candidate. [Vancouver Sun]
- If you're looking for a job in professional sports, the Stars are holding a career fair at the end of the month. Plus you get tickets to a Stars game - what's not to like? [NHL Hockey Jobs]
- If you want a guy to root for, if you can get past the fact that he's a prospect for the San Jose Sharks, goalie Alex Stalock has a very nice story of his recovery from a nasty, nasty skate cut. Remember, kids, those are knives on the bottoms of their feet. [The Oakland Tribune]
- Meet the enemy: The Calgary Flames are also trying to make a playoff push and took a good step towards that with a 5-1 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs. [TSN]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Anaheim Ducks are closer to their quest to move up in the Western Conference with a 2-1 regulation win over the Minnesota Wild. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
- Other scoreboard watching: I don't know quite what is going on in the Windy City, but the Chicago Blackhawks continued what has been an incredible free-fall with a 3-2 regulation loss to the Nashville Predators. [Chicago Tribune]
- If you need someone to laugh at today, might I suggest Phil Kessel of the Maple Leafs, who was picked by his fellow NHLers as the easiest star to intimidate. [Backhand Shelf]
- These aren't nearly as fun as the mic'ed up morning skates from a few years back (which featured such gems as Steve Ott getting called out by Stu Barnes for snot in the towel). But the raw, if silent, film of the Stars morning skate is a nice behind-the-scenes peak.