This man may get an unscheduled break from the NHL stretch run.
There was Kari Lehtonen getting to play hero once again. There was the return of the freaking turnover bug and how those turnovers have an alarming tendency to end up in the back of the Stars net. There was the oddly chippy play from the Coyotes and the response from the Stars.
But what will get by far the most attention today is Shane Doan's elbow to the head of Jamie Benn in the second period. It was a hit you could easily argue should have been a major since Doan chicken-winged Benn right in the face. And it's a hit pretty much everyone thinks will land Doan in the press box for a few games.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan helped fans breathe a sigh of relief when he said Benn was "fine," and he didn't mince words about what he thought of the hit.
"I think it is a suspendable offense. He targeted the head with his elbow. The league will look at it for sure and decide. But it's deliberate."
Dave Tippett had this to say.
"I haven’t looked at it yet but we’ll see how that goes."
How non-committal of him.
The Coyotes next game is Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche (go regulation!), so we should hear about any possible suspension sometime today.
After the jump, more on the Stars shootout win over the Coyotes, Graham James receives his sentence and Glen Gulutzan is cranky.
- Mike Heika had the day off, so Gerry Fraley wrote the DMN's paywalled gamer that highlights how the stellar play of Kari Lehtonen turned what could have been a disaster back into two points. [DallasNews.com]
- Is it gaining two points or giving up one? Either way, the Stars stay on top of the Pacific Division for another day despite some issues in the third period. [ESPN Dallas]
- I don't think our friends over at Five For Howling are big fans of Steve Ott, but they are kind of resigned to the fact Doan's probably getting suspended today. I also loved their comment of the night since it's been a really bad habit for them recently. [Five For Howling]
- The Coyotes couldn't quite keep pace with the Stars, but they picked up a point that could be invaluable later on in this ridiculous race. [Arizona Republic]
- The fine folks over at Backhand Shelf are impressed with all the goalies in the Pacific Division (save poor, struggling Antti Niemi), but they are particularly impressed with Kari Lehtonen after Tuesday's game. [Backhand Shelf]
- Even Mac Engel has some hockey thoughts this late in the season. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- The more I read from Bob Sturm, the more I think these final 10 games are giving him a serious case of indigestion. He might use other terms he swiped from English soccer. Silly Brits and their phrases. [Fox Sports Southwest]
- Austin Smith official joined the Stars minor-league fold Tuesday when he signed a professional tryout contract. That means his ELC won't kick in until next season. [DallasNews.com]
- Graham James was sentenced to two two-year prison sentences for molesting young hockey players, including Theo Fleury when he played for James' junior team. I don't know enough about the Canadian justice system to know if this is a typical suspension for child molestation but it seems way to short to me. [Yahoo]
- Elliotte Friedman presents his always interesting 30 thoughts, starting with the ever-increasing danger in drafting Russians after the Alexander Radulov debacle. [CBC]
- Meet the enemy: The Vancouver Canucks have been a mystery wrapped in an enigma, especially recently during a 2-5-0 slide. They have a chance to snap out of that tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. [The Province]
- Around the Pacific Division: Dustin Penner scored a goal for the Los Angeles Kings, and that tells you all you need to know about how the night went for the San Jose Sharks, who lost 5-2 and continued to waste games in hand on everyone. [San Jose Mercury News]
- Other scoreboard watching: There've been so many 3-point games this time of year, so I guess it's no surprise that the Calgary Flames took the Colorado Avalanche to overtime before falling 2-1 on a David Jones goal. [Calgary Herald]
- I love graphics guys, and they apparently love Dr. Mark Recchi. [Puck Daddy]
- I've seen many faces of Glen Gulutzan this season, but I'm not sure I can remember sarcastically angry Gulutzan until the first answer of the media scrum last night.