The Hawks took revenge for the 4-0 shutout the Stars fed them earlier this season by running Our Gang ragged for 60 minutes. Captain Jamie Benn summed up the evening with his usual candor:
"They came to play," Stars captain Jamie Benn said. "They were ready to go and embarrassed us in front of our fans and in our own building."
Head coach Lindy Ruff provided the details:
"Special teams didn't help us, and it started the first shift of the game," Ruff said. "But they were the better executing team. You're not going to beat that team managing the puck like that. We basically gave them four of their goals."
Dallas was credited with 14 giveaways and looked like the team that struggled in January -- and last season -- with risk management.
"We didn't opt for our first opportunity with the puck tonight," Ruff said. "We looked for a better play, and it wasn't very good."
And co-captain Vernon Fiddler weighed in on the team's failure to launch:
"It was a huge game," said forward Vernon Fiddler. "We talked about it before the game, what it means, and then we lay an egg. It's unacceptable. There's a lot of disappointed guys in here."
And in the arena.
"After a big loss like that, you want to respond," Fiddler said of games next week at Minnesota and Chicago. "We all have to be better and take a look in the mirror and expect more of ourselves."
You can read the rest of the story at Mike Heika's blog. [SportsDayDFW]
Here are last night's highlights, if you can call them that, from NHL.com's Sam Kasan. [NHL]
And there are more quotes from players and coaches at The Dallas Morning News. [SportsDayDFW]
Razor offers the unholiest stat of the evening.
That performance/outcome disappointed the beegeezus out of me.— Daryl Reaugh (@Razor5Hole) February 7, 2016
Stars have now inexplicably won only 6 of 16 Saturday games.#puckingbrutal
Meanwhile, Heika caught up with forward Mattias Janmark about his rookie season so far. [SportsDayDFW]
Defender Dustin Byfuglien is one of the hottest trade targets in the NHL right now, but Jets GM Kevin Chevaldayoff is hoping to disappoint the growing list of would-be suitors – potentially to the tune of five years and $35 million. [TSN]
Last night in the Octagon:
- The Minnesota Wild continued to swoon while the St. Louis Blues got their power play in tune, winning 4-1 in Scottrade Center. [St. Louis Game Time]
- The Nashville Predators walloped the San Jose Sharks 6-2 with a Swedish invasion of Calle Jarnkrok, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson. [On the Forecheck]
- Tyson Barrie racked up his first NHL fight as the Colorado Avalanche lost ugly to the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2. [Mile High Hockey]
Patrick Roy lost a coach's challenge during last night's Avalanche-Jets game. That went about as well as you might expect.
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby is trying to make up for a dismal first half of the season by going on an almighty tear in the second.
Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman talk about the Dennis Wideman appeal hearing, the impending likelihood of streamlined goalie equipment and Toronto's bid to host the 2017 Winter Classic. [Sportsnet]
Meanwhile, the Blues are in advanced discussions to host a 2017 outdoor game – possibly even the Winter Classic – just in time to celebrate the NHL's 100th anniversary and their own 50th as an Original Expansion team. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
Can a fast finish by Connor McDavid bring him back into the Calder Trophy race? The Sports Illustrated roundtable weighs in on this, plus who won the Evander Kane trade and more.
Reminder: The Texas Stars had a beautiful Saturday, in case you missed it. Brett Ritchie scored his 50th AHL goal while captain Travis Morin finished with a two-point night as the T-Stars beat the San Antonio Rampage 4-3.
The head equipment manager of the Allen Americans was so happy about the team's Star Wars Night jerseys that he made a music video.
The Los Angeles Kings' Milan Lucic autographed a toaster oven yesterday. I'm leaving this here because it'll probably be a long time before you see another hockey player sign a small appliance.
Confirmed by #17: Milan Lucic signed the first toaster oven of his NHL career pic.twitter.com/jCINiiXKBV— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 6, 2016
On a similar note, this may also be the only time you ever see a member of Genesis in a North Stars Sweater, so Like it as fast as ever you can.
Phil Collins knew what was up. pic.twitter.com/B7qcYSA4le— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) February 7, 2016
Finally: Someone's seen the Tyler Seguin Donut Goal Tracker and has made a cupcake version for Tyler Toffoli.