Remember that whole thing where the Dallas Stars had a hard time finding the back of the net against the Edmonton Oilers? Well, that wasn't the problem last night. Despite having just 20 shots—compared to 43 on Friday—the Stars scored six times to beat the Carolina Hurricanes. And while you might think scoring six goals makes it easy to win a game, you'd be wrong. Mike Heika walks us through the aftermath of Dallas' "dramatic, yet strange" 6-5 win, which left us with more questions than it answered.
Feel free to take a crack at figuring out Heika's Qs.
1. Are they ready to play a consistent style of hockey for at least a week at a time?
2. Do they really struggle to focus against lesser competition?
3. Are they happier being the hunter instead of the hunted?
4. Is this a formula for long-term success? Especially playoff success?
Tyler Seguin also shared his thoughts on the game, as did coach Lindy Ruff and Patrick Sharp.
"To be honest I don't know if we had a good start."We were down four shots to none really quickly and it could have really easily been four to one. We were very happy to bear down early on and we had a chance to close up the game, especially being up five-to-one in your own building. It's unacceptable for them to come back and tie that game. I thought we gave them a lot of chances and they capitalized when they needed to, and we're going to take the two points and move on."
Stars captain Jamie Benn also sounded off.
To relive the rest of the high-scoring affair, head to the link. [SportsDayDFW]
Previously, on Murder, Death, Kill...
- The Blackhawks defeated the Predators 4-1, and Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 23 games. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- The Blues ended their 0-2-1 skid by dispatching the Coyotes 4-1. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
And while wins for Chicago and St. Louis aren't ideal, there's good news.
Dallas Stars were 10-13-5 at this point last year. This year they are 21-5-2. #CentralDivision— Rick Ralph (@RickRalphTSN) December 9, 2015
Considering John Klingberg's multi-point game last night, it seems like as good a time as any to read about his rise to the top. [The Score]
Patrick Sharp's ability to fill in wherever he's needed has been invaluable this season. [SportsDayDFW]
Over at CBS Sports, Adam Gretz gave a little recognition to the five most under-appreciated players in the NHL. Jason Spezza makes the list, as does former Star Loui Eriksson. [CBS Sports]
John Klingberg and Mattias Janmark are no longer roommates, but Janmark does have a Twitter now.
If you missed Julie Dobbs' AMA, now's the perfect time to catch up on her answers. [Reddit]
As of January 1st, the NHL's compensation policy for coaches and execs will be toast. [The Hockey News]
Could a goalie be on their way out in Anaheim? Rumor has it that either Frederik Andersen or Anton Khudobin could be headed to a new home. [Anaheim Calling]
Due to ongoing issues involving blood clots, Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has announced his retirement.
It's not always easy living the backup goalie life, but guys like Antti Raanta and Mike Condon understand their roles on their respective teams—and how that could turn into a full-time gig later on. [The New York Times]
The family of Steve Montador has filed a lawsuit against the NHL. [Chicago Sun-Times]
For your daily dose of #fancystats, check out Travis Yost's analysis of player deployment and possession numbers. [TSN]
And finally, here's a reason to be happy.