The Los Angeles Kings came to American Airlines Center on a three-game dry streak. They walked away with their first points of the 2016-17 season, although the Dallas Stars forced them to overtime in the process.
As always, the game got physical and stayed that way, from Antoine Roussel’s 18 PIMs to Alec Martinez’s game-winning goal, which may have been help along with interference on Kari Lehtonen. Injuries to Patrick Sharp and Patrick Eaves further depleted the Stars’ aching forward corps, and it showed, writes Mike Heika:
Los Angeles finished with a 39-20 advantage in shots on goal and created all sorts of problems for a harried Stars team in transition. The Kings led the NHL in SAT (shot attempts at even strength) last season at plus-922, and had a 78-47 advantage in shot attempts Thursday.
Read more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]
Head coach Lindy Ruff wants an explanation for that OT goal, and after that preseason callback in the Stars-Panthers game, maybe you do, too. [SportsDayDFW]
"[Lehtonen is] in the paint, he's elbowed in the head before the puck gets there and it goes in our net. They look at it for five seconds and they call it a good goal. Take a look at the replay. Elbowed in the head, in the paint before the goal was in. I got a call in London, in preseason, where the referee came over and said, he's in the paint, it's no goal and we didn't even touch the goaltender. Terrible call.”
Looking back at what Lindy was talking about on the GWG.— X - Dylan Nadwodny (@dnadders) October 21, 2016
Watch Martinez's right elbow. You be the judge. pic.twitter.com/BK2vNuU5iC
He also delivered status reports on the Stars’ sick and injured forwards. [Stars Inside Edge]
Maybe last night left you feeling a little like this, too.
When there’s OJ, purple stuff and soda in the fridge, but no Sunny D. pic.twitter.com/UOAiL9gIYM— Blinn and Juice (@NHLBlinn) October 21, 2016
Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets is also Hockey Fights Cancer Night in the AAC. Make the most of it.
SMG, the venue management company responsible for running Soldier Field in Chicago and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, has signed a five-year agreement to manage and market Cedar Park’s H-E-B Center, home of the Texas Stars. [NHL]
In other first wins of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Calgary Flames 4-2 on the road. [Canes Country]
The Edmonton Oilers, now with 37 percent more Milan Lucic, won a big-man duel with the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, and because I can’t believe I just wrote that, I’m going to write it again: The Oilers won a big-man duel with the Blues, 3-1. [Sportsnet]
Jaromir Jagr got his 750th NHL goal, but Alex Ovechkin got the last word as the Washington Capitals defeated the Florida Panthers.
This stat does bear repeating, and much of the hockey world did.
Meanwhile, Daniel Winnik sacrificed his body – specifically, a piece of his ear – for that victory.
From tablet integration to puck-tracking technology, Mark J. Burns lists the NHL’s four sports-tech stories to watch this season. [Sports Illustrated]
Finally: The Stars want you to enjoy election season again. That’s why they offered this gift in video form. #MakeAmericaSkateAgain