Okay, so it's not quite revenge for the baseball-series-that-never-happened-last-fall, but the boys from the Texas Tornado came back to force overtime and eventually beat the St. Louis Bandits 4-3 in overtime Tuesday to win the Robertson Cup in front of their home fans.
It is the fifth NAHL title for the Tornado, the third most for any franchise in the league.
And fittingly, Texas natives played a very large role in all aspects of the game for the Tornado, as Mike Heika detailed in his game report.
Plano's Justin Greenberg popped in a shot at the edge of the net at the 4:36 mark of overtime, giving Texas a huge win in front of a rowdy crowd at Dr Pepper Arena. In addition to Greenberg, Plano's Marc Biggs scored a goal and Garland's Frederick Leisner got the win in goal.
After the jump, Stars teammates get to meet royalty in Finland, ownership updates from around the Western conference and you, too, can get a suite at the AAC.
- This story was posted well before a Plano native scored the overtime winner for the Tornado, so it's a bit prophetic that it chronicles Glen Gulutzan's thoughts about the state of youth hockey in North Texas. [DallasStars.com]
- Jame Benn and Loui Eriksson might be the stars of the scoreboard at the IIHF World Championships, leading the tournament with three goals each and Eriksson tied atop the points list with Evgeni Malkin, but Kari Lehtonen was the Stars only active player on Tuesday, and he led the undefeated Finns to a 5-2 win over Switzerland. [ESPN Dallas]
- You can't link to individual entries on this blog, but if you scroll down to the entry "Fit for Royalty," you'll get to see Stars teammates but World Championship enemies Philip Larsen and Loui Eriksson getting to hang out with some bona fide royalty after their recent game. Stick tap to reader Mike Russo for this one. [IIHF.com]
- The Pacific Division = not such a pushover. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- If you have a spare $135,000 lying around, you can purchase a promotional suite at the American Airlines Center for Stars and Mavericks games. I've got $2.27 in cash. Anyone care to join the fund? [Dallas Business Journal]
- It ain't Canada if they're not complaining about line combinations somehow, someway during an international tournament. This writer is advocating for Jamie Benn to go back on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle instead of with party buddies Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. [OurHometown.ca]
- So about those second round predictions we had here at DBD. Apparently the New Jersey Devils weren't all that fazed by the Philadelphia Flyers, especially when goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was in a giving mood, and they became the first eastern team to advance to the conference finals with Tuesday's 3-1 win. [ESPN]
- In the news conference that became a little bit overblown, Gary Bettman announced that the league has reached a tentative agreement with former San Jose Sharks executive Greg Jamison to buy the Phoenix Coyotes. There's still approval needed from, well, everyone, so there's a long way to go yet, but it is a nice step forward. [CTV.ca]
- In other ownership dramas with lots of twists and turns, the St. Louis Blues are set to be officially sold to the Tom Stillman ownership group today, and he seems intent on bringing Brett Hull into the fold. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
- Apparently the way the Swedes prepare for the World Championships is by doing awkwardly monotone karaoke to ABBA, as shown here by Victor Hedman and Gabriel Landeskog. First person to get video of Eriksson's attempt at this wins 100 internets. [Puck Daddy]
- The final Stars Insider of the season was posted on the Stars website, so go back and relive those final painful games of the season if you wish. Or just flash back to how much you miss those idiots already.