Having lost their previous 9 overtime games. Stars fans had to be nervous when last night’s game went to an extra frame tied 2-2. Another cringe worthy moment was a Wild 2 on 1 that was broken up beautifully by Julius Honka. Captain Jamie Benn ended things with a shot over Darcy Kuemper’s shoulder, to break the OT jinx.
I thought our execution was better, just hanging on to the puck," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "We spent a lot of time on (overtime strategy) through the video and things that we think we can do better. … I even went through a quick review before the overtime started again, just to emphasize points.
Without 3 defensemen from the Stars last game, the D corps played a simple and effective game. Johnny Oduya missed due to an injury, John Klingberg missed the morning meeting and Stephen Johns, who had some trouble last game, was a healthy scratch. Their absences led to opportunities for Honka, Esa Lindell and Jamie Oleksiak.
I thought they played very well. I don't think we gave up a chance in the first period. I think our puck movement, our play coming through the neutral zone, was probably as good as it's been all year. I really liked what they all did. It was simple and effective. They got back, they moved it quick, they found their outlets, they made some plays into the middle of the ice. We generated some chances that we haven't generated in a long time. Said Ruff.
Sean Shapiro has the rest of the recap here. (NHL)
Honka, had an impressive debut playing over 21 minutes He got an assist on the Brett Ritchie goal, for his 1st NHL point. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)
Oleksiak was an assist shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick:
Oleksiak has 13 career points; 5 against the #mnwild!— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) November 22, 2016
His fight. (Hockey Fights)
Klingberg said he's embarrassed he missed team meeting this morning, feels he let team down. Overslept. Said it won't happen again.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) November 21, 2016
Yesterday morning’s big news was the scratching of defenseman John Klingberg who overslept and was late to the morning meeting. (Sportsnet)
Mike Heika had his week Q&A session yesterday. (DMN)
Dallas is tied for 1st in games lost due to injuries:
Going 1-1-1 on last week’s road trip, the Texas Stars picked up 3 out of a possible 6 points and return to Texas for a home and home series with San Antonio(Colorado). The weekly report. (Texas Stars)
Three other games last night involved Central Division teams:
In their first game since downing the Stars, Edmonton blanked the division leading Blackhawks 5-0. (Copper & Blue)
Pk Subban potted 2 goals and goalie Pekka Rinne had 23 saves to continue his hot November in the Predators 3-1 win over the Lightning. (On the Forecheck)
Blue Jackets Cam Atkinson tied the game against the Avalanche with 7 seconds left, before Matt Duchene's OT goal put the Avs on top 3-2. (Mile High Hockey)
Not having a 1st pick since 2014 and hosting next year’s draft don’t look for Chicago to be trading any of their picks. (Second City Hockey)
It has been two weeks since the stalemate between the Jets and defenseman Jacob Trouba ended and he returned to the team. Has anything change with the situation? (FanRag Sports)
Should the Wild’s Ryan Suter be in contention for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the best defenseman? (Hockey Wilderness)
Down Goes Brown has his weekend round up. (Sportsnet)
NHL Numbers Notebook looks at the AHL and OHL relationship the Detroit debacle and the Flames Dougie Hamilton. (NHLN)
NHL GM’s have adopted the “John Scott” rule for All-Star voting saying a player has to be on an active NHL roster from Nov 1st to 5pm on Jan 26, 2017. (Hockey News)
SB Nation has come up with a list of players fans should ignore in the All-Star voting. Some players have connections with the Stars like Oleksiak and defenseman Kris Russell and former fan favorite Steve Ott. The rest of the list (SB Nation)
Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube has not played a game all season but that hasn’t stopped their SB Nation site Lighthouse Hockey from getting him elected to the All-Star game. (Lighthouse Hockey)
Everybody seems to quote Corsi stats to say how a team is doing but one analyst thinks players are manipulating the system. (HockeyPDOCast)
Today is the day we have been waiting for. The new Las Vegas Team will have a name:
Finally it was the Rooster’s Birthday yesterday.