Despite tying the game late in the third period thanks to a Jamie Benn deflection, the Stars couldn't quite grab the second point in their clash with the Blues. The good news, despite the 5-4 overtime loss, is that the Stars remain in first place in the Central.
Stars and Blues tied at 91 points, but Stars still in first place based on ROW tiebreaker.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) March 13, 2016
(Plus, it's hard to be mad when you remember that the Stars finished last season with 92 points.)
Mike Heika also pointed out that the intensity in the back-to-back games against Chicago and St. Louis made it feel like the playoffs had arrived a little early to the AAC.
And yet the Stars exited a huge weekend with three of four points in the standings and first place in the division. It's sort of a continuation of the 3-0-2 run in which coach Lindy Ruff has juggled every line and tried to adapt to injuries to four key players_Jason Demers, Patrick Sharp, John Klingberg and Jordie Benn.
For more on the game, head to the link. [SportsDayDFW[
Last night was Pevs Protects Night at the AAC. Rich Peverley spoke about the event before the game got underway.
Peverley raising awareness after 2014 collapse https://t.co/Nps8Nn1d9j— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) March 12, 2016
At the game, he did his best to pump up the team.
And his adorable family was on hand to help him drop the ceremonial first puck.
Welcome back, Pevs! pic.twitter.com/s6uop14Gcn— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 13, 2016
With help from rookie Shayne Gostisbehere, the Flyers are still in the playoff race. Plus, a look at how Gostisbehere's impact in Philly is similar to John Klingberg's in Dallas. Both, Adam Gretz writes, are "what defense in the NHL is all about right now." [CBS Sports]
For the "very calm, very smart" Kris Russell, being 5-foot-10, 170 pounds has never been a problem. [SportsDayDFW]
Some good news out of yesterday's optional morning skate.
Klingberg skated before practice. Ruff said Klingberg, Sharp and Jordie Benn all progressing. Two of them could be ready by Tuesday.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) March 12, 2016
The Stars continue to face skeptics as they play their way into the postseason. [ESPN]
Jack Eichel would certainly like to keep his hat in the Calder ring, though.
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After Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman had his suspension reduced to 10 days, the NHL Officials Association released a statement saying that it "strongly disagrees" with the decision to let Wideman back on the ice sooner. [Sportsnet]
Congrats are in order to the Boston Pride, who defeated the Buffalo Beauts to win the inaugural Isobel Cup.
The Canada Blind Hockey Association hopes that by introducing a "Select Division," it's well on its way to helping blind hockey become a Paralympic sport. [The Hockey News]
And finally, here's your gentle reminder that goal celebrations can be dangerous.
Backhander: 9/10— NHL (@NHL) March 13, 2016