Stars forward Patrick Eaves played in his 600th NHL game yesterday afternoon, and he made the most of it scoring 2 goals in the 5-2 win over the Hurricanes. Eaves set a career high mark for goals with 21 and Dallas played one of their best games of the season.
"It kind of just happened tonight. It's pretty cool," Eaves said of setting the new career mark in goals for a season. "We just wanted to play well after the road trip we had and play a full 60 minutes. I thought we did a lot of things right tonight."
Dallas put up a 3 goal 1st period starting with Esa Lindell’s end to end rush followed by Eaves 1st of the night and 22 seconds later Curtis Mckenzie banked one in off a Carolina defender to stake the team to an early lead.
“Finally we got a little bit of puck luck, I hope we didn’t use it all up in one game said Coach Ruff We’ve talked about finishing and getting the bounce here and there but it hasn’t come our way. I thought those early goals, even with [Curtis] McKenzie’s goal, the effort was good but you have to get a little bit of luck at the same time and today I thought we got that.”
More here including injury updates. (Stars Inside Edge)
Postgame quotes: (Ruffled Lines)
Postgame notes: (Wrong Side of the Red Line)
Also Dallas announced they will retire Jere Lehtinen number 26 in a pregame ceremony it will be the 5th number retired for the team. Lehtinen won the Selke trophy 3 times in 14 year career all with Dallas. (The Score)
Unexpected fight videos: Jordan Staal vs. Oleksiak; JVR vs. Ristolainen https://t.co/siuuj4udre— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) February 12, 2017
Denis Gurianov with his first pro fight tonight. That should also be his last.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) February 12, 2017
Texas won their 3 game in a row over the Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona) last night in a 6-2 victory in a fight filled game. Both penalty boxes at times had too many players for not enough seats. (100 Degree Hockey)
Sidney Crosby held pointless in consecutive games for 1st time in almost a year https://t.co/ybODPTSs7z— Mark Horgas (@MarkHorgas) February 12, 2017
San Jose Sharks defensemen Brett Burns looks to be a good bet to win the Norris Trophy but can he also win the Hart Trophy as well? The Hart is given to to the NHL’s MVP and Burns could be the 1st dman to win one since Chris Pronger in 1990. (NBC Sports)
ESPN polled some players and asked them what role does fighting have in the game? (ESPN)
It has been one week since the mandatory goalie pants change. Has the new pants increased scoring? Although it is a small sample size goal scoring did increase by a small percentage. (Sportsnet)
Odds to win the NHL draft lottery pic.twitter.com/PvsRWfioBN— MoneyPuck.com (@MoneyPuckdotcom) February 7, 2017
It seems there is a plan B for the 2018 Olympics if NHL players don’t participate. (Sportsnet)
One former CHL player Zach Franko thinks the lawsuit to have league teams pay their players a minimum wage is frivolous.
"As a proud WHL and CHL alumni, I find it embarrassing that players are asking for more money," Franko wrote. "Tell me what responsibilities do we as 16-20 year-old boys have that we need money for? Our teams cover our gear, living expenses, food, put roofs over our heads, and take us in like one of their own children." (The Score)
Finally with both a Stars and Mavericks (NBA) game last night at the AAC, you watch the switch from hockey rink to basketball court.