Well, last night started off promising. John Klingberg was excited for the game.
And Tyler Seguin netted his first of the season (and first of two on the night) just a few minutes into the opening frame.
Puck pops up and Seguin gets it off a rebound and chaos in front. 1-0 Stars within the first 2 minutes. pic.twitter.com/MllHxXqJDb— X - Dylan Nadwodny (@dnadders) October 16, 2016
And then things got crazy. Joe Colborne recorded a hat trick for the Avalanche, and the Stars fell 6-5. Picking up a loss in Colorado is a becoming a familiar fixture for Dallas. As Mike Heika points out, the Avs have put together an impressive 8-1 record against the Stars in their last nine home games at Pepsi Center.
This game, Niemi struggled with rebound control and was pulled after allowing five goals on 20 shots.
"There were a couple of times where there wasn't much he could do," coach Lindy Ruff said. "The only thing I didn't like was the puck wasn't sticking to him. It just seemed tonight it wasn't sticking to him, and I've seen that before."
Here’s what Seguin had to say about the loss.
And here’s Jamie Benn’s take on the game.
Heika’s got more for you at the link. [SportsDayDFW]
Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are ready to be a dynamic duo once again. [SportsDayDFW]
Last night was Jared Bednar’s first game as an NHL head coach. [Denver Post]
Are the Stars one goalie away from a Stanley Cup? Tim Cowlishaw thinks so. [SportsDayDFW]
Auston Matthews can’t have all the fun in Toronto.
(Just don’t ask Mitch Marner’s mom about that goal.)
Ahead of their home opener against the Bruins, the Maple Leafs retired 17 numbers. [TSN]
If you want to check in on all the 2016 draft picks currently playing in the NHL, then click the link. [Sportsnet]
The Blue Jackets have suspended forward Gregory Campbell after not reporting to the AHL.
Wayne Gretzky’s book comes out on Tuesday, but you can read an excerpt from 99: Stories of the Game right now. [NHL]
It’s all quiet on the contract front for Jacob Trouba and the Jets. [Sportsnet]
Panthers goalie Robert Luongo is creeping up the all-time wins list.
Alone in sixth for all-time wins:— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 16, 2016
1. Brodeur: 691
2. Roy: 551
3. Belfour: 484
4. Joseph: 454
5. Sawchuk: 447
6. Luongo: 438
7. Plante: 437 pic.twitter.com/gemLd3DF3x
And finally, this is probably not the sort of first impression Loui Eriksson wanted to make with the Canucks.