This was probably not the way Texas hockey fans wanted to see Plano’s Seth Jones make his mark in the NHL. Jones scored the GWG against the Dallas Stars last night in overtime, after his Blue Jackets teammate Sam Gagner took advantage of a 6-on-4 to send the game into extra minutes with 15 seconds left in regulation.
It was one more frustration in a month full of them for the Stars, who actually were beginning to look more and more like their old selves...before the dark times, before the injuries:
"It's a bad point," forward Jason Spezza said of the standings point the Stars receive for an overtime loss. "You want to get two when you have the lead with 20 seconds left."
Jamie Benn, who was on the ice for two goals against last night, blamed himself for at least some of the Stars’ problems:
"I thought our team played the game we needed to play," Benn said. "Just two stupid mistakes by myself and you lose a hockey game."
Benn has been nursing soreness in his stomach and hip after having core muscle surgery in the summer, but said that hasn't affected his play.
"I'm fine," he said. "I'm good enough to play, I just need to do more."
There’s more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]
Coach Ruff talks about the badly timed penalty and the “overplayed” kill that cost the Stars a victory in Ohio last night:
And Spezza Like Pizza comments on a “frustrating” game that still managed to be pretty good:
There is good news in Dallas, if you know where to look: Natural center Speznasty has taken to playing wing like, well, a duck to water.
To the surprise of exactly no one, the Stars lead the NHL in injury time and “are playing through a string of injuries that only a rodeo cowboy could understand.” [The Hockey Writers]
Is Jamie Benn in danger of becoming a fantasy-hockey bust? NHL Fantasy Insider Ben Zweiman has him “trending down,” and not because of those injuries we keep talking about. [NHL]
Last night, in Murder Death Kill:
- The St. Louis Blues found themselves on the load end of a three-point performance by Jimmy Vesey and a fully operational Henrik Lundqvist as the New York Rangers chased Jake Allen and won a 5-0 shutout. [Blueshirt Banter]
- The Chicago Blackhawks scored four goals in the third period against the Calgary Flames to extend their winning streak to three (and to six on nights when the Cubs are playing, too). [Second City Hockey]
- The Buffalo Sabres continued their own streak with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. [Die By the Blade]
- And Craig Smith, Ryan Johansen and James Neal starred as Pekka Rinne backstopped the Nashville Predators to a 5-1 thrashing of fellow #MDK’ers the Colorado Avalanche. [On the Forecheck]
Elsewhere: Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr came for the inaugural Connor McDavid-Auston Matthews showdown, but Nazem Kadri stole their thunder as the Maple Leafs beat the Oilers 3-2.
At least Hockey Jesus got first Star of the Month for October.
And Tuukka Rask returned to form, stopping 32 shots as the Boston Bruins defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1.
Rask looks stellar again in Bruins victory https://t.co/iX85Sj1UYv— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 2, 2016
In the same game, Jaromir Jagr hit yet another milestone in a career full of them.
Elliotte Friedman talks about everything from the All-Star ballot to the recent rash of goalie injuries in his latest 30 Thoughts. [Sportsnet]
“The game is more side-to-side than we’re used to,” one said. “The groin injuries we’ve seen are not a coincidence.”
The Texas Stars are on something of a roll, all the more remarkable because it seems like half their roster is in Dallas right now. Here’s a preview of their three-game Western road trip.
The good news continues as Jason Dickinson – back from off-season hip surgery – is slated to make his season debut in Tucson tonight. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]
And looking ahead to Veterans Day weekend, Stephen Meserve has shared around this sneak peek from the Idaho Steelheads.
Finally: In honor of last night’s McDavid-Matthews summit, BarDown pulled together all the over-the-top Photoshop it could find of Canada’s (half-American) hockey saviors. These two are just samples – check out the rest, and enjoy. [BarDown]