I didn't see the game last night.
I had every intention to. Being on Pacific Time though meant I had to start it on a delay. Had it paused at the beginning on Gamecenter, pressed play, heard the melodious sounds of Ralph and Razor's voices as they began the introduction... then the Apple TV popped up with an error message. And because the game was already over we couldn't restart it. Ended up watching the condensed game, so I spent ten minutes watching the Stars lose, instead of two and a half hours.
Call it a bullet dodged.
Stars have been outscored 12-3 over the last two games. You know what they could really use? A steadying presence on the defense. And that steadying presence did return last night. Only, he returned for the Anaheim Ducks. It's great to see Stephane Robidas back on the ice yeah? But it's the opposite of great to see him not wearing a Stars jersey...
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Notes. [Stars Inside Edge]
And quotes. [Sports Day DFW]
If it makes you feel any better, San Jose outshot Florida 54-24 and still lost. At home. So you just never know. [NHL.com]
On the development of everyone's favorite Russian rookie, Val Nichushkin. [The Hockey Writers]
30 Thoughts, with the primary thought, which incidentally is un-numbered, being on potential changes to the draft system. Don't worry, this is primarily for teams that finish at the bottom, not bubble teams like the Stars. [CBC]
It's all Pat Quinn's fault! The incredibly illuminating 'upper-body injury' label that is applied to everything from a broken fingernail to a concussion originated with the former Maple Leafs coach. [Leafs Page]
Down Goes Brown, with a post-St. Paddy's Day post. Really I'm just impressed that Sean McIndoe created a whole list of the best NHL moments involving players named Patrick. Also, the Maple Leafs used to be called the St. Patricks. Which is just cool. [Grantland]
And lastly, everyone's favourite big-toothed hockey blogger, Megalodon, has posted this handy dandy chart, elucidating the decision-making process behind the awarding of goals in the NHL. [Battle of Cali]