What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?
Even the Stars ridiculous issues in the second half of back-to-back games this season was no match for the Wild's problems in the Lone Star State. Sure, Dallas was 0-9-2 on the back end of back-to-backs this season, but the Wild have not won in Dallas in nine freaking years. Dallas is on a 16-0-0 home run against them.
So while the win might have been expected in one way, it was also a desperately needed streak-buster and, even more important, helped give the Stars a little more foothold on their still-very-tenuous grasp on a playoff spot. Eric Nystrom, who probably got a lot of personal satisfaction out of his second-period goal, talked about breaking the streak.
"That was a long time coming, we were due to get it eventually and there’s no excuses tonight. They played back-to-back also, and one of their top guys is out, one of our top guys is out, and we just came in here and head-to-head, just played our game and ended up coming out on top. It’s huge."
After the jump, more on the Stars win over the Wild, two stories that have won my heart about the trade deadline and how not to respond to poor officiating.
- So what message are the Stars sending general manager Joe Nieuwendyk a few days before the trade deadline? Mike Heika ponders this question in his paywalled gamer. [DallasNews.com]
- And Mark Stepneski takes a look at all the good things the Stars have done over this three-game winning streak. [ESPN Dallas]
- Our friends over at Hockey Wilderness were, well, not shocked which of the two streaks continued. [Hockey Wilderness]
- This blog entry from the venerable Michael Russo covers a lot of ground, from a trade that I'll link about later to the game in Dallas. But if you're short on time, I suggest you skip ahead to the end where he puts the best entries from his Twitter contest, "The last time the Wild won in Dallas, _______." Feel free to add your own entries in the comments. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
- I failed on giving you Thursday Morning Cupcheck yesterday once again, but it actually kind of works because I basically agree with every word of this article and the following one. So consider them a matched set. [Thursday Morning Cupcheck]
- And here's the second one. These two blogs basically encapsulate all my feelings about the endless trade deadline speculation. [Backhand Shelf]
- According to this brief from D Magazine, Mike Modano has a "standing offer" from Tom Gaglardi to join the Stars front office, but Modano is still coming to terms with that whole being retired thing. [D Magazine]
- You can understand why the Wild might have been a little off. Shortly before warmups, defenseman Marek Zidlicky was pulled away and informed he'd been traded to the New Jersey Devils for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux and a pair of draft picks. [Puck Daddy]
- In the "I'm not sure he's really worth all that money" category, I give you Ales Hemsky re-signing with the Edmonton Oilers on a two-year, $5 million per season contract extension. [Edmonton Journal]
- Meet the enemy: Wait, Vancouver still has an NHL team? Dallas fans wouldn't know from the screwy schedule so far this season. But those Canucks overcame some travel issues of their own in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. [Vancouver Sun]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Los Angeles Kings are definitely keeping busy right now. The day after the Kings acquired Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets, they announced a two-year, #3.5 million per season extension for defenseman Willie Mitchell. [ESPN Los Angeles]
- I know Stars fans have been unhappy with the quality of the officiating recently. But here's an example of how not to handle that type of anger. [Prep Rally]
- Glen Gulutzan talks how desperate the team is for points, Kari Lehtonen losing the shutout and when he thinks the playoff picture will be sorted out in the post-game press conference.