Dallas had a great chance in overtime on a 3 on 0 break but the Hockey Gods saw to it that Cody Eakin’s shot sailed over the net. After OT the Stars became the last team in the league to reach a shootout this year.
Head Coach Lindy Ruff had this to say:
“Missed opportunities. We had a two-on-one and don’t capitalize. We’re one shooter away from winning it and don’t capitalize. Just missed opportunities. I thought we fought hard and had a big kill at the end of the third period. I thought our overtime was maybe the best of the year but, again, we found a way to give a point away…or not earn a second point. It’s tough, it’s frustrating, and we’re all frustrated. The effort was there and you’ve just got to hope you put that away. You hope you get that save on their third shooter because when you get two-out-of-three, you usually have an opportunity in a shootout. You can usually count on one-out-of-three from the shooters and usually the goalies will get two.”
Chris Stewart a 4th line winger who played only 9:25 minutes in the game was able to bury his shootout attempt in the 5th round to give Minnesota the extra point in a 3-2 win. Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza and Patrick Shaw all missed on their shootout tries for Dallas.
It’s based on what we see in practice. We thought with their goaltender, right-handed shooters would be better. He’s a big goaltender that plays deep. We had a great shot by Patrick (Eaves) and a real good move by Jamie (Benn). I think Jason (Spezza)’s was close, to go in the five hole but it didn’t go in.”
More of the recap here. (NHL)
Post game quotes: (Ruffed Lines)
Josh Bogorad with an article of how the Stars season has been like one step forward, two steps back. (On the Radar)
Julius Honka and the Wild’s Mike Reilly could putting in the necessary work to become everyday defensemen. (Fanrag Sports)
Full Lindy Ruff quote on the new goalie pants: pic.twitter.com/RhliMupyE0— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 24, 2017
Starting on February 4th all NHL goalies will have to wear the new smaller goalie pants. Both Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi have been using them in practice. (Dallas Morning News)
While Dallas keeps falling farther and farther from the division leaders this year, should GM Jim Nill trade Seguin, or other high profile name to turn the season around? This article compares a Dallas Cowboys trade of Hershel Walker that led to draft picks that started the Cowboys 3 Super Bowls run during the 90s. (Blackout Dallas)
Prior to the start of the season Stars fans wanted Nill to fix the broken goalie tandem with aging vets Ben Bishop or Marc- Andre Fleury. Maybe a better option would be a younger San Jose backup Aaron Dell. (Fear the Fin)
Captain Travis Morin, the only remaining original Texas Stars player. notched his 150th AHL goal but it wasn’t enough to overcome 2 power play goals by the Manitoba Moose(Jets) 2-1 win last night in Cedar Park. (Texas Stars)
Recent callups has led to changes to the 2017 AHL All-Star Game. Some of the changes involve current or former players from the Dallas system. Matej Stranksy will replace Julius Honka and Jack Campbell replaces Spencer Martin of the Avalanche.
The All-Star festivities begin on Sunday with the skills competition at 6:30pm and game on Monday 6:00pm start time. Fox Sports Southwest will be airing the game. (Lehigh Valley Phantoms)
The Central Division used to be one of the toughest the last few years taking both wild card spots in the Western Conference playoff seedings. That wouldn’t be the case if the the playoffs started today. (Hockey Wilderness)
Should the Blues trade Kevin Shattenkirk for Ben Bishop? (St. Louis Game Time)
Before the Chicago Blackhawks recent Stanley Cup run, star players like Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte, Steve Larmer and Denis Savard all left Chicago for other teams never winning a cup. This year the Hawks are saluting those former players with their “One More Shift” promotion. (Chicago Tribune)
What kind of an effect has the the Coaches Challenges had on NHL games. Two things can be challenge whether a scoring play was offsides or a goalie interfered with. (Sports Techie)
Our 2017 NHL All-Star Game preview is here!— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) January 24, 2017
Inside, a look at the four stars that are changing hockey forever. https://t.co/slwZAvBEW1
Finally most hockey players play some form of soccer prior to games. Cody Eakin and Dan Hamhuis enjoyed some squash before last nights game.