But on Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers, it was their veteran linemate's show.
Jaromir Jagr's opening assist and game-winning goal in the Stars 3-2 overtime win at Rexall Place didn't just leave the young Oilers stunned. As Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan put it:
"The winner, he is so hard to stop one-on-one. The first goal, the play he made to Benn, our bench was in awe of that play. Eric Nystrom said it best when he said, ‘What a beast.’ He still surprises the way he can dominate."
Jagr was particularly unkind to Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney, who got turned around in overtime and let Jagr walk around him for the game-winner. The goal tied Jagr for 10th on the all-time NHL goals list at 668 (though he's being pursued by ageless wonder Teemu Selanne).
It was also his 115th career game-winner, according to the crack Stars public relations team. That puts him three behind Phil Esposito for most in league history.
Also in today's links, looking at last night's win, how not to defend a 3-on-3 break in and Razor takes a trip down memory lane.
- Before we get to the game coverage, a quick flashback to the last lockout, when an already-veteran Jagr met a tiny little Nail Yakupov. They grow up so fast, don't they? [Backhand Shelf]
- The Stars have been searching for momentum since the season started, it seems like, and letting a third period lead get away from them against an injury-depleted Oilers could have been disastrous to the team's confidence. Thankfully for Dallas, Jagr pulled a vintage trick out of his hat. [DallasNews.com]
- Mark Stepneski has the quick and dirty recap as well as some notable numbers from the Stars second win in a row. [Stars Inside Edge]
- The Oilers depleted lineup got even thinner during the game when they lost Anton Lander to a foot injury, so they were relatively pleased with their effort even if they couldn't get the extra point. [Edmonton Journal]
- Heika dug up this awesome video of Stars assistant coach Curt Fraser fighting with Mark Fistric's father. [DallasNews.com]
- Before we get to the other game in the division, the Anaheim Ducks made a roster move and sent a fifth-round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Ben Lovejoy. I'd expect Lovejoy to be available for the Ducks when they come to Dallas on Friday. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
- Speaking of those Ducks, they stayed uber-hot Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. And Sheldon Souray is earning every bit of his contract, at least so far. [NHL.com]
- I love Justin Bourne's work on these Systems Analyst post, and even though this features a pretty easy-to-spot error from Ryan Suter, it's still a great learning tool for why peeling away from your man coverage to defend space is a really silly idea. [Backhand Shelf]
- If you really, really want to know when the league is displeased with a referee, you can search the game sheets to figure out who is missing from the rotation for a week or longer. So I'm not sure I agree with the assertion here from Puck Daddy that ref punishments should be made public. After all, some of the most egregious decisions in recent days have been made by linesmen (such as the illegal check to the head miss that started this rank), and nearly all of the things that make people so crazy, particularly goalie interference, are subjective calls. But at the same time, I do understand venting about when bad calls change games. [Puck Daddy]
- On the off-the-ice discipline track, Brandon Dubinsky avoided the Shanaban, but he did get the maximum fine allowed under the new CBA for his recent boarding penalty. [Puck-Rakers Blog]
- The first cardinal rule of warm ups is you don't shoot high on the starting goalie. I bet Cary Price is writing down the second rule for warmups after this unfortunate incident with a Lars Eller shot before the Montreal Canadiens game. [SBNation]
- This video is a little older (posted in December), but it's a really fun watch. Daryl Reaugh opens a box of cards with the fine folks from Panini and tells some great stories about his playing days. Plus if you've never heard him tell the story about his autograph, you'll get a kick out of it.