Eric Nystrom put it better than I ever could.
@enystrom24: huge win! Gotta keep it rollin. got his appendix out, n an injection of dangles at the same time!
Although he had a strong showing in the NHL All-Star festivities, Wednesday was the first time in more than two weeks that Dallas Stars fans got to see Jamie Benn with the rest of his teammates, and the results were immediate.
Benn's semi-breakaway goal gave the Stars a two-goal lead they would never lose in a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, and he also pulled linemates Michael Ryder and Steve Ott out of offensive slumps. Ryder also had a goal and two assists, and Ott had a pair of assists and a great screen on a Sheldon Souray goal.
I'm going to cheat a little bit and grab something from a story that actually was posted before the game, mostly because I think this quote from Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau is fabulous.
"I thought (Benn) was a pretty good player, but i didn't think he was going to turn out to be the player he is,'' Boudreau said. "I think he's one of the finest young players in the league that nobody knows about. If this kid was in Toronto, they'd be making statues of him."
After the jump, more on the Stars win over the Ducks, a local continues to move up the Ottawa Senators system and controversial clock management in Los Angeles.
- The Stars were looking for a quick start out of the All-Star break, and they absolutely got it on Wednesday. [ESPN Dallas]
- So we thought this team was all healthy, but it turns out the DeathFlu is still going around the locker room, taking out Nicklas Grossman on Wednesday. Also note the short but promising Glen Gulutzan quote. [DallasNews.com]
- Remember when the Stars played an okay game against the Minnesota Wild save 59 seconds of utter garbage? The Ducks kind of felt like that on Wednesday as they gave up two goals in 69 seconds and three goals in just under four minutes. [Los Angeles Times]
- Even our friends at Anaheim Calling were struggling to find positives for the Ducks after that game. [Anaheim Calling]
- Not only do the Dallas Stars have too many defensemen up, but the Texas Stars soon will as well as they called up Jace Coyle from the ECHL to bring their d-corps to eight, though a couple of those are battling injuries. [Hundred Degree Hockey]
- The first few grafs of this story are a really pained attempt to make hockey relevant to National Signing Day (for the uninitiated, that's the first day high school football players can officially sign with a college), but the rest of the top section is an interesting update on Plano-raised prospect Stefan Noesen, who recently signed with the Ottawa Senators. [MLive.com]
- Looking a few games down the road, Mikko Koivu is making the trip with the Wild and might be ready to play by the time they get to Dallas. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
- Jere Lehtinen gave a lengthy interview to a Chicago-area outlet? It makes sense when you know that the writer used to cover the Stars for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. And Lehtinen is onboard with the idea that Marian Hossa should be a Selke candidate. [CSN Chicago]
- Brad Richards only has three assists since Dec. 9, and even though his team is still winning, there's some frustration there. There was more Wednesday when his struggles in the shootout continued as his New York Rangers lost 4-3 in the special-teams contest to the Devils. [New York Daily News]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: The big news from San Jose Sharks land was the presence of Milwaukee Brewers player Nyjer Morgan at practice. [San Jose Mercury News]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: With the Sharks definitely the playoff picture, there are also some trade rumors out there, including one involving Paul Gaustad of the Buffalo Sabres. [Fear the Fin]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Los Angeles Kings got a buzzer-beating goal from Drew Doughy to take a 3-2 regulation win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. More on the end of this game in a bit. [Los Angeles Times]
- This type of story pops up a couple times a year, but it's always awesome when someone gets arrested for driving a zamboni under the influence. [KSDK]
- So that Kings-Jackets game? This is what happened on the clock at the end of it. See if you can spot where the problems may have occurred. We'll see if anything comes of this. I'll also link a summary with some quotes, but the video is too blatant to pass up. [Puck Daddy]