Heading into the third period last night, the Stars were 0-17-2 when trailing after two. And after a big final frame from the Blackhawks, that record became 0-18-2.
Mike Heika wrote that the team’s play was “a harsh reminder” of the wasted opportunities this season, and Lindy Ruff certainly wasn’t happy with the 5-3 loss.
"It's a terrible loss. Especially after we took the lead and then gave their best player a free look. And then we had a defenseman trapped on the go-ahead goal for them. It's not good hockey. It's stupid hockey. It's not good hockey at all."
Captain Jamie Benn had this to say about the Stars moving forward.
"I think we all know where we are sitting and we have to dig ourselves out of the bottom of the standings here and find a way to get into the playoffs. We know where we are standing and we have to find a way to get up."
For Ruff’s thoughts on the Lindell-Klingberg pairing and to see what Kari Lehtonen thinks about the league’s new goalie pants, head on over to the link. [SportsDayDFW]
In Good Hockey News, the Texas Stars beat the San Antonio Rampage 2-1 last night. Here’s new Stars goalie Justin Peters on the win.
Patrick Sharp talks about coming back from his concussion and ignoring trade rumors. [CSN Chicago]
Jamie Oleksiak is hoping to return from his hand injury in 7–10 days. [SportsDayDFW]
Elsewhere in the Central Division...
- The Avalanche rolled past the Jets 5-2. [Mile High Hockey]
- The Red Wings shut out the Predators 1-0. [On the Forecheck]
- Sidney Crosby picked up three points, and the Penguins beat the Blues 4-1. [Pensburgh]
- Mikael Granlund recorded a hat trick in the Wild’s 6-3 win over the Canucks. [NHL]
Sean Shapiro answers your latest Stars questions and offers his take on Cody Eakin’s play and expansion draft fate. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]
Also from Shapiro: Should the Stars be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline? [Fanrag Sports]
Vern Fiddler is back in the Central Division.
In other Predators (and former Star) news, Mike Ribeiro cleared waivers and has been sent to Nashville’s AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. [Puck Daddy]
Former Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant is reportedly one of the top candidates to coach in Vegas. [Sportsnet]
William Nylander scored a hat trick for the Maple Leafs last night.
The Coyotes were surprised that Arizona State backed out of a deal to build an arena in Tempe. [TSN]
On the Beanpot Tournament and why rivalries are great. [New York Times]
And finally, Pevs Protects Day will be held on February 26.