The Dallas Stars got off to a slow start in their season opener last night, only firing one shot on goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period. They made the most of that one shot, getting a goal from defenseman Stephen Johns.
Stephen Johns scores from close range. Stars lead 1-0 with 16:20 left in the first period.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) October 14, 2016
The Stars then got some timely third and fourth line scoring from the newcomers later in the game, with Antoine Roussel and Adam Cracknell finding the back of the net.
Stars top Ducks 4-2. Niemi (33 saves) and the usual offensive suspects (Cracknell, Korpikoski, Johns, Roussel) lead the way.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 14, 2016
Sean Shapiro has more about the game here (NHL)
Prior to the game, the Stars held a ceremonial puck drop to honor the slain Dallas officers from this summer’s shooting. (ESPN)
In case you didn’t know there was another set of brothers in last night’s Stars game. Stars forward Brett Ritchie faced off against his brother, Nick Ritchie.
The brothers will play against each other for the first time in the NHL. Nick, a left wing, will be skating on the Ducks top line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Brett, a right wing, will work on Dallas’ third unit with Radek Faksa and Antoine Roussel.
What’s it mean to play against your brother in the NHL?
Brett: “It’s obviously something you think about growing up, you want to make the NHL. We thought it would be cool to play against each other and that’s what we said when we were younger. Either play with him or against him the best league in the world. It’s obviously a huge game for it be on opening night it ups it a little more I think. It’ll be fun for sure.”
Nick: “As kids your always picturing yourself playing in the NHL with each other or against each other, depending on which team you’re on. I guess this is the day is the day that’s come and it makes it even more fitting that it’s opening night. Going to be a lot of excitement out there for everyone, but for us it’s going to be a one-in-a-lifetime experience since it’s the first time. Hopefully it’s one of many. At least there will be one.” Read the rest here (SLAPSHOT)
Member clubs must submit their #AHLOpeningNight rosters to the league office before midnight ET/9 PT tonight.— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) October 13, 2016
Down the road in Cedar Park the Texas Stars named their Captain and Alternate Captains. The roster is set for today’s season opener in the newly-christened H-E-B Center (formerly Cedar Park Center). Catch up on all the latest. (TEXASSTARS)
Steven Meserve of Hundred Degree Hockey takes a preseason look at the 8th season of the Texas Stars. (100DEGREEHOCKEY)
In the Central Division (#MDK), three other teams were in action last night:
*The St. Louis Blues got their 2nd win in as many nights over division mate Minnesota Wild.
*The Winnipeg Jets executed a come-from-behind win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Here’s the full scoreboard from the NHL action last night:
The Pittsburgh Penguins raised their Stanley Cup Champion banner and then went on to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in a shootout. (Pittsburgh News Gazette)
The Florida Panthers honored Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident last month, by wearing #16 jerseys in warm-ups prior to their match. (CBS Sports)
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick left Wednesday’s game, after the first period versus the San Jose Sharks with a lower body injury. After yesterday’s examination, it looks like he could be out for an extended time. (The Hockey News)
Earlier this year, it looked as though there would be two expansion teams, with Las Vegas and Quebec considered as the front-runners to get a team. When all was said and done, only Las Vegas was awarded a team. It looks like any further league expansion has been put on hold.
“I really don’t [see additional expansion talk],” Jacobs said, according to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty. “I believe we’re looking for balance now. We have 16 teams in the East and 15 teams in the West. There isn’t as much compelling reason as there was. I think this league is looking for more stability.” (The Hockey News)
Columbus Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Zach Werenski had a good week making the opening night Columbus roster.
Finally, you have to love when you can track your team’s record with Ben Affleck movie premiers.