Savor the moment Ryan Garbutt. It's not every day you're named Puck Daddy's first star of the night. Granted, there was only one NHL game played last night, and an Anaheim player sure as heck wasn't going to be named first star. But still... In fact, as it turned out, Anaheim got no love. Antoine Roussel took second star honors, and Cody Eakin was given third star. [Puck Daddy]
It's amazing what 53 seconds will do.
Listening in on Marty Turco's inaugural radio game call, alongside Ralph Strangis, I couldn't quite credit what I was hearing. Not only did the Stars shake off what could have been a backbreaking goal scored in the final minute of the second period, but they turned the tables completely. The Stars came out firing in the third, while the Ducks looked like this. Actually, I don't know if that's what they looked like. I only listened to the game. But it sure sounded like that. Especially when the barrage of goals first tied the score, then gave the Stars the lead, then turned the game into a blowout.
Other beautiful things to savor, the Stars were 41-26 in the faceoff circle, which could without a stretch be called dominant, and the Stars goals came from everywhere but the top line. Above all else, seeing the Stars 4th line chip in 3 goals has me smiling. And it has others paying attention too. The correspondent for NHL.com said it well last night in the recap, "The Dallas Stars served notice that they're more than a one-line team." And it gets even better when you browse the enemy blog and see an article titled Ducks Done in by Dallas' Depth.
Dallas' depth? Now we're talking...
He said, she said. But mainly he said, because these are interviews of the players from last night's game. [Sports Day DFW]
And notes on the game, from Mark Stepneski. [Stars Inside Edge]
So if you're not already excited about where the Stars are heading, take a look at this article on possession in the AHL. The Texas Stars aren't doing half bad. And by that, I mean they were leading the league as of a week ago when these stats were collated. [NHL Numbers]
So big news yesterday was the agreement of a new TV deal in Canada. But how does it affect those of us on the south side of the border? [Sporting News]
I love a good assist. I still think it's unfair that nobody remembers the beautiful pass if it doesn't result in a goal, but what can you do? Video here of ten of the top assists... ever. [Kukla's Korner]
And lastly, the return of Daniel Alfredsson to Ottawa might just be the most emotional of all the homecomings we've seen so far this season. But how's it going to go down? [Grantland]