Special teams and goaltending- A common refrain.
The Dallas Stars possessed the puck at length Tuesday night, out-chancing the competition significantly in what would turn into a 4-2 loss. The reason? They lost the special teams battle and their backup netminders moved to 0-7 in starts this season.
Lindback has a win, but it was in relief in Edmonton. Lindy Ruff did not mince words Tuesday night, speaking of the power play, and Lindback again.
"It's tough," said Ruff. "We probably needed another save out of him. He committed a little too early on a couple, and it's not easy. He hasn't started in a long stretch, and it's tough. But we probably needed him to be a little bit better if we're going to win that game." [Dallas Morning News]
Meanwhile, former Star Kevin Connauton potted the game winner, and had this to say afterward...
"I went in tonight with the mentality that it's just another game. But I think anyone could agree that when you kind of get pushed aside by someone and come in and have some success against them, it's a good feeling. It was nice and weird at the same time, but like I said, the fact we walked out of here with a win is a good feeling." [Blue Jackets Extra]
- There were a number of earth quakes in the DFW area yesterday, and a certain Stars captain says they disturbed his afternoon nap [UPI.com]
- Here is a ridiculous Pekka Rinne save, in which he purposefully thrusts the unprotected back of his leg at the puck in a feat of tracking few could manage. But really, it's just hilarious because Mike Ribeiro started an absolute dumpster fire with a lazy turnover. Predictably, the Preds won, because this just seems to be their year. [Puck Daddy]
- Also in the category of displeasing Western Conference results- The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks both got points last night, as that game was always going to overtime. [Yahoo - AP]
- The Stars, before last night, anyway, are starting to pop up a bit in the national conversation as an emerging team that's finally performing to their potential. [Katie Strang- ESPN]
- Fun with NBC's subpar broadcasting Sunday night continues, and Defending Big D gets a shout-out on the Dallas Morning News' discussion [DMN]
- The Toronto media faces off with Phil Kessel- And this is hilarious, asking him directly, to his face, if he is difficult to coach and part of the reason for the change the Maple Leafs made this week. Kessel tells him that he is "such an idiot." [Puck Daddy]
- Steve Hunt writes a good recap here, but his headline writer decides that "Listless Stars Flattened by Smoldering Blue Jackets" somehow describes a game in which Dallas dominated possession. [Fox Sports Southwest]
- See those numbers here at war-on-ice. Dallas dominated overall scoring chances and possession at even-strength. [war-on-ice.com]
- Tom Gaglardi will bring one of his restaurant chains, "Moxies," to Uptown later this year. [Dallas Business Journal]
- The Texas Stars had a big win in Oklahoma City last night [Hundred Degree Hockey]
BTW, Texas Stars center Radek Faksa was at the Dallas-Columbus game Tuesday. He had his arm in a sling.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) January 7, 2015