Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, and the most appropriately uniformed team was not in action. I hope everyone wore their Stars' jerseys anyway.
Despite not playing though, for three quarters of the night, the Luck o' the Irish was with the Stars, as first Winnipeg, then Vancouver, and finally Minnesota all fell in regulation. And indeed, even two thirds of the way through the final match of the night, which would make it eleven twelfths of the way through the entire night if my math holds up, luck was still with the Stars, as the Los Angeles Kings had come roaring back from two goals down to take a 3-2 lead over the Coyotes. And then the unthinkable happened. The Kings collapsed and lost 4-3 to Phoenix in regulation.
I say unthinkable, when really I meant inevitable. There's obviously a Pacific Division conspiracy to eliminate the Stars from playoff contention, since everyone knows the Stars are going to win the Pacific. That or it's just the Kings continuing to be the anti-Maple Leafs, finding a way to lose, despite dominating in possession stats. Sound familiar Stars fans? The Kings only had 39 shots though, so it doesn't count.
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Because team's can never be clear about these things, as of last night Kari Lehtonen was still just 'real close' to returning. [Stars Inside Edge]
And speaking of that return, what to do, what to do? [Sports Day DFW]
Obscene Alex's 'Week in Review' has once again been [redacted] and made safe for your innocent eyes to read. [III Communication]
Pluses and minuses from around the NHL. Is it a good sign that the Penguins managed to be the 'definition of a bad weekend'? [LA Times]
Columbus as the next best hockey market? Really? [Melrose Minute]
Down Goes Brown with the Weekend Wrap and, surprise surprise, he leads with the Montreal comeback against Ottawa. Also, the new playoff format is even weirder than you'd thought. Unless you knew more than me, which I refuse to believe... [Grantland]
St. Paddy's Day articles? Why not? [Puck Daddy]
Save of the year? Alex Rigsby, goaltender for the Wisconsin women's team has my vote.