Hey, good news, y’all!
Stars have won consecutive games for first time this season. For all the injuries and ups and downs, they are sitting in a playoff spot.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) November 12, 2016
Coming off a win against the Flames, Kari Lehtonen stopped 40 shots to help carry the Stars to a 3-2 victory over Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
Lauri Korpikoski opened the scoring 28 seconds into the first period, and Antoine Roussel netted the game-winner.
Patrick Eaves also scored in the victory, and Mike Heika points out the importance of the team’s depth in helping the Stars win two straight.
"We trust everyone in here," said Stars captain Jamie Benn, who had two assists and now has four points in the past two games. "You watch guys and watch their skills, and you really are impressed. We have some skilled players here."
In fact, Ruff has said in recent weeks, players like Gemel Smith, Devin Shore and Korpikoski have been some of their best players. In September, most fans would have been surprised if any of the three played more than a couple of games.
There’s more on the win at the link. [SportsDayDFW]
The Texas Stars also won last night, defeating San Jose 5-3. Congrats are in order for Denis Gurianov, who scored his first AHL goal.
And here’s Gurianov talking about the win.
Antoine Roussel is embracing his role with the Stars. [SportsDayDFW]
Don’t forget to ask Mike Heika all of your Stars questions.
Elsewhere in the Central Division...
- The Avalanche beat the Jets 3-2 in overtime. And the Avs’ OT winner came from an unlikely source. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- The Capitals defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. [Japers Rink]
Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. [NHL]
After making his statement, Bickell thanked fans for their support.
Thanks 2 all the fans for the prayers & wishes. It's all new 2 me & my family but seeing all the support from u guys makes it easier for us— Bryan Bickell (@bbicks29) November 11, 2016
Flyers forward Travis Konecny talks about his strong start to his rookie season—and about almost becoming a Maple Leaf. [Sportsnet]
Sabres center Jack Eichel is fighting his way back from his high-ankle sprain. [The Hockey News]
This is... not how you’d like to score a highlight-reel goal. (Nikolaj Ehlers understands.)
CSKA's Mikhail Naumenkov scored a top shelf beauty in the KHL some minutes ago...— Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) November 11, 2016
....IN HIS OWN NET! pic.twitter.com/QFxCSil7Zm
With Patrik Laine leading the way, the Jets and their young guns have a bright future in front of them. [Sportsnet]
The Blues’ Winter Classic alumni game will include both Wayne Gretzky and Martin Brodeur (who played a combined 25 regular season games with St. Louis). [The Hockey News]
And finally, do y’all remember Annie, the adorable service dog who attended a Predators game? Here’s what she’s been up to since.