The Dallas Stars dropped their third preseason game last night with their second preseason loss to the Florida Panthers, 4-2 (with an empty-net goal). What can you say about a game in which Travis Moen – gritty vet that he is – earns two-thirds of a Gordie Howe hat trick and the Second Star of the Night? Brad has already recapped it, so let's hear the Stars talk it out in their own words.
First of all, Lindy Ruff will remind you how good the entire team looked for most of the game, especially on the penalty kill: "If you play games like that, you're gonna win."
Kari Lehtonen was looking good until a huge misadventure behind the net led directly to the Panthers' go-ahead goal. He kicks himself for it in this clip, but he also lets on that he was really, really enjoying himself during his rather brilliant performance in the 3-on-3 OT test afterward.
And at some point during his performance against the Panthers, did you get the impression that Mattias Janmark wants a job in Dallas? ...Was that just me? Here he relives the evening talking about "the most fun game I've played over here."
Our Gang is at it again tomorrow night, hosting the St. Louis Blues at 7:30 p.m. in American Airlines Center. Josh Bogorad offers this bit of advance intelligence about another recent addition who'll be getting in his first game with the team:
Yes, the Stars dropped that decision last night, but here's a little something to help put things in perspective.
The Hockey News has posted its 2015-16 projections for the Stars (and for "the league's best projected duo"). [THN]
Chris Peters says the 2015-16 Stars may be the most fun team to watch in the Central. [CBS Sports]
But he still thinks the
homicide division is going to be all about the Blackhawks.
Speaking of fun...that relentless party monster Tyler Seguin is at it again. Look at him at Park & Palate on Friday, helping "raise money" for a "community park" in "downtown Dallas." If you can imagine.
And speaking of guys who thrived after leaving Boston, Josh Cooper tries to figure out why no one seems to give Joe Thornton the credit he deserves. [Puck Daddy]
Joel Quenneville likes Ryan Garbutt, and he'll tell you why. [CSN Chicago]
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette needed X-rays after blocking a hard shot with his left leg in Dallas on Saturday night. The good news is that nothing is broken.
NEWS: the X-rays on Cedric Paquette were negative. He is listed as day to day. #TBLightning— Michelle Gingras (@michellegingras) September 27, 2015
The family of the late NHL enforcer Todd Ewen has donated his brain for concussion research. [The Hockey News]
The CWHL's Montreal women's hockey team has changed its name from the Stars to the Canadiennes. [Sports Illustrated]
Finally: What do you do when you get an opponent's stick stuck in the back of your jersey in the middle of your shift? If you're Alexander Semin, you just deal with it. There's a long and hilarious sequence posted at SB Nation, but check out the appetizer from Stephanie @MyRegularFace Vail below. [LookIt]