While Ben Bishop deserves much credit for giving Vegas their first shutout loss at home, the real star of the show (no pun intended) was Radek Faksa. The center has always been one of my favorite players, and so it brought me great joy to watch him score his first career hat trick.
In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’m just gonna sit here and watch it again. And again. And again.
Faksa is now the top scorer for the Stars not named Benn, Seguin, Radulov, or Klingberg. Which makes this stat both surprising and rather depressing:
Just third time this season Faksa has played more than 15 mins in a game— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 29, 2017
Speaking of fun facts, if you like trivia as much as I do, then you’re gonna love these tidbits:
Per @EliasSports: @RadekFaksa scored the fifth-fastest hat trick in @DallasStars / North Stars history and the second-fastest natural hat trick, behind Bill Goldsworthy on Dec. 11, 1973 vs. LAK (5:32). #NHLStats #DALvsVGK pic.twitter.com/UrpRGqEScp— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 29, 2017
Per STATS, Radek Faksa's two goals :08 apart are the quickest pair scored by the same player in @DallasStars history. The previous mark was :10, set by Roman Lyashenko at Chicago on January 23, 2000.— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) November 29, 2017
From the Stars PR: The last time the Stars had a hat trick in two straight games was March 17-19, 1986 (Dino Ciccarelli vs. St. Louis and Scott Bjugstad at Calgary.)— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) November 29, 2017
But of course, let’s not forget the most important statistic of all:
Yellow laces are 2-0.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 29, 2017
In other Stars news, Mike Heika had his live chat yesterday and discussed which defenders could benefit the most from increasing playing time during Marc Methot’s absence. [SportsDay DFW]
Meanwhile in Cedar Park, goaltender Landon Bow led the Texas Stars to three straight wins on the road. [NHL]
Dan Rosen had his mailbag yesterday and featured Tyler Seguin as the only Star to make his quarter season Central All Star team. People do realize that John Klingberg is leading all defenders in points, right? [NHL]
Here are two punishments that I’m fine with:
Patrick Kane, Matt Dumba slapped with fines https://t.co/PMoAYmw9nn— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 28, 2017
(I would apologize for that, but I wouldn’t mean it).
Around the League
Miro Heiskanen got a shoutout from Elliotte Friedman in his 31 Thoughts column, thus fulfilling my “mention Miro Heiskanen at least once” quota for my Links posts.[Sportsnet]
The fun could end any day now, but scoring so far is up this season. I personally thank these guys:
Or if you want some more concrete answers, Greg Wyshysnki looks into possible reasons as to why. [ESPN]
Are the Stars terrible? No, but too many of these points hit close to home for comfort:
We didn’t technically start with him, but we’ll end with him: congrats once again to Radek Faksa on the hat trick.