Kari Lehtonen has allowed seven goals on 35 shots in past two starts combined and been pulled in both games.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) January 10, 2017
In case you were wondering, the Stars and Kings combined for five goals in 5:28 in the third period.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) January 10, 2017
Most hockey experts say that a 2 goal lead is the hardest to maintain. Last night entering the 3rd period Dallas led 3-1 then 4-2 before allowing the Kings to tie things up. Jiri Hudler scored his first goal in Victory Green after he capitalized on a misplay by Kings goalie Petr Budaj, for the game winning goal.
We have played some hard hockey and given away some points, and haven't had the puck luck we had tonight," Ruff said. "I loved the way our team came out in the second period. I think we deserved to win the game. We played hard.
A few Stars players beside Hudler were able to snap some goal droughts. Brett Ritchie opened the scoring, snapping a 12 game streak with no goals. Patrick Sharp’s empty net goal was only his 2nd this season in the 6-4 win.
It's nice to put a few in," Sharp said. "Some guys scored their first ones in a while. We'll take it. We don't feel scoring is going to be an issue, but it just so happened we needed all of them tonight.
Dallas will stay in the LA area to face the Ducks tonight. (DMN)
Hey, we had a Dallas Stars chat today. Check it out here.https://t.co/1whBF2vH2v— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) January 10, 2017
Today’s game versus the Ducks will be the 3rd matchup of the Ritchie brothers. Right now Brett has bragging rights over his brother Nick, as Dallas has won the 1st two games. (LA Times)
If the Stars ever get to host an outdoor game here is an article that looks at potential opponents and locations in the DFW area. (The Hockey Writers)
Radek Faksa had 3 assists last night on his Birthday.
NEW PODCAST: What are waivers and why are they important? Also the No. 97, expansion, and trades & more— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 9, 2017
Last week the Texas Stars picked up 3 out of 4 points vs defending Calder Cup Champions Cleveland. This week they go on a 3 game road trip to Tuscon(Arizona) and Ontario(LA). (Texas Stars)
This move was probably made to make room for a player to be sent down when Jamie Benn comes back.
Fresh off his Bronze Medal at the World Junior Championship, Stars prospect Denis Gurianov sat down with Russian journalist Roman Solovyov for an interview. The transcript of the translated interview is here. (THW)
Only one other game with Central teams.
Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 28 shots he faced for his 3rd shutout of the season 2-0 over the Flames. (NHL)
St Louis will square off against the Bruins and former Blues captain David Backes tonight. One player that needs to step up for the Blues is goaltender Jake Allen who has his worst save percentage this season. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
With Addias taking over the manufacturing of NHL jerseys next season from Reebok has announced there will no 3rd jerseys for any team. (Sportslogos.net)
March 1st is the trade deadline. Which players will be on the move and where to in the latest rumors. (Bleacher Report)
Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin scored his 544 goal to tie him with Maurice “Rocket” Richard for 29th in goals. His 2 assists leave him just needing 2 more points to reach 1000 points in his career. (Sportsnet)
Some rookie players like Shayne Gostisbehere and Anthony Duclair put up some good numbers last season, but this year things haven’t been as easy as they are experiencing the Sophomore Slump. (THN)
Over the weekend Jets rookie Patrik Laine suffered a concussion on a legal hit by Sabres Jake McCabe. That didn’t stop Jets players from coming to Laine’s defense, Should a player have to fight after a clean hard hit? (ESPN)
A look at how the goalie mask has transformed the position. Amazingly it wasn’t till the early 70’s that we last saw a goalie without one. (The Globe and Mail)
Full rosters, including coaches, for 2017 Honda #NHLAllStar Weekend will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 10) at noon ET.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 9, 2017
Finally Patrick Sharp’s fight last week was your Frozen Moment: