Ales Hemsky, who is officially on a hot streak, scored the Stars’ first goal with less than seven minutes left in the third period. It was enough to take the game to overtime after they allowed Devils forward and Plano native Blake Coleman his first NHL goal in the first period.
Then Tyler Seguin scored 20 seconds into overtime to end another power play, and the game. The Stars are not yet technically eliminated from the playoffs race, but this game could be a kind of statement that the Stars intend to play their best – even if they’re just delaying the inevitable, writes Mike Heika.
"We want to play with pride and want to finish off the rest of the year, work hard, and try to win every night," Seguin said.
There’s more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]
Bonus – a quick look at Coleman’s thoughts on scoring his first goal against the team he grew up with:
Coleman, who scored 11:02 into the game, joined Brian Leetch, Tyler Myers and Seth Jones as the only Texas-born players to score against the Stars, according to Elias Sports. He roofed his in-close shot under the crossbar after stealing the puck from Klingberg along the left-wing boards in the Dallas end.
"I am pretty familiar with a lot of guys in that locker room, so guys like Jamie Benn coming up and saying 'Congrats' is pretty special," Coleman said.
Here’s another look at Seguin’s OT GWG:
And Tyler talked about how the Stars are playing for each other during Julie Dobbs’ postgame interviews.
Winners get pizza in Razor’s Emporium from the road in New Jersey.
A Stars fan is already prepared for the Jamie Benn-Jordie Benn reunion in Montreal tomorrow.
Yesterday in the Central:
- The Minnesota Wild lost their third game in a row, this one 3-2 in OT to the Detroit Red Wings. [Winging It In Motown]
- Goalie Michael Hutchinson kept the Winnipeg Jets in the game as they the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. [Nucks Misconduct]
What’s killing the atmosphere in MTS Centre? Jets season ticket holder Andy Rolfe writes about how one of the league’s most raucous buildings has gone quiet. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
Maj. Eaves is still on a roll this season.
Four goals in four games for Patrick Eaves.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) March 27, 2017
The NHL Department of Player Safety will hold a hearing with San Jose Sharks forward Micheal Haley today. Haley bloodied Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok with a sucker punch on Saturday, after Jarnkrok drove Haley into the boards. [TSN]
The Joe Louis Arena tributes keep coming in. Here’s one put together by NBC Sports.
The 2017 Frozen Four is set. The NCAA Championships continue on April 6 with Harvard vs. Stars prospect Riley Tufte and Minnesota-Duluth, followed by Stephen Johns’ alma mater, Notre Dame, vs. Denver.
As USA Hockey and the U.S. Women’s National Team prepare for another (final?) round of negotiations, Jen Neale concatenates some of the most comprehensive reporting on the issues in a Q&A with captain Meghan Duggan. [Puck Daddy]
Meanwhile, A.J. Perez reports that the two entities had agreed on a new deal, until the USA Hockey executive committee reversed it. [USA Today]
Now the U.S. Men’s National Team may join the boycott as well. [SB Nation]
Word circulating among NHL players that American players will refuse to play in men's World Championships in solidarity with the women.— Allan Walsh (@walsha) March 26, 2017
Looking for fantasy-roster material? Matt Larkin lists five NHL players, from Cory Schneider to Justin Faulk to half the members of the Colorado Avalanche, who could benefit from a fresh start next season. [The Hockey News]
Finally: Hockey rinks are full of Good Dogs these days. This golden retriever has skills on ice and wants to show you them. Enjoy.