The Dallas Stars scored first and created plenty of chances in the third period, but gave up a go-ahead goal with less than two minutes left and started their road trip with a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
It’s more of the same, essentially, and the Stars are at least as exasperated with it as their fans are:
"It's a frustrating game to lose," the Stars' Jason Spezza said. "I think we did a lot of things that could have got us a win tonight. They score on a deflection that's pretty hard to do and it goes in the net for them after we have two point-blankers to take the lead ourselves, so it's a frustrating one."
With the team now four points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot, they need to close the deal on scoring chances a lot more consistently:
"I think we had our opportunities in the third period," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had a couple really good opportunities early. You don't score, you're not going to win the game."
There’s always more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]
And there’s always cold comfort, it seems: John Klingberg continued his resurgence with two points (including a goal) in last night’s loss. Can his return to form right the ship?
How should the Stars handle their young defensemen in general? Sean Shapiro takes on that question in his latest Mailbag.
Don’t forget, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena will be Victory Plaza this week, Thursday, January 12 through Saturday, January 14. Admission is free (as is parking at the Lexus Garage).
Last night, in Supermax:
- Patrik Laine will be out “for a while” after a huge open-ice hit by Jake McCabe during the Winnipeg Jets’ 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. [CBC]
- The Minnesota Wild gave up a two-goal lead in a 4-3 OT loss to the Los Angeles Kings, as Jeff Carter continued his scorching hot streak with a goal and two assists. [Hockey Wilderness]
Sunday read: How a faster, more skilled game has impacted the role of the NHL enforcer (including some context for haters who think Antoine Roussel is a dirty player).
Also in last night, the Texas Stars fought hard but dropped a shootout decision to the Cleveland Monsters, 2-1.
Denis Gurianov is on his way back to the team, and he’s bringing this with him.
Finally: How did this couple decide who got the tie-breaker? Either way, it looks like the Stars will take it. Enjoy.