The big story prior to last night’s game with the Canadiens was the 1st ever meeting between the Benn brothers. That was sort of anti-climatic as they were only on the ice together for 45 seconds split between 2 shifts.
What was the story for 2 periods was a goalie duel between Kari Lehtonen and Carey Price, who got a surprising start with an injury to backup Al Montoya during the morning skate. Entering the 3rd the game was tied 1-1 before the wheels fell off with Lehtonen allowing a few soft goals in route to the Stars 4-1 loss.
"He might have hit the wall," coach Lindy Ruff said of his goalie. "We've played him a lot. He gave us two solid periods, and then a couple got by him. But he's played a lot of hockey for us, and we've pushed the limit for him."
Jamie Benn said it was fun playing against his brother even though the the Stars lost and playfully tapped his brother’s gloves while he was on the Montreal bench.
"It was different, but it was fun," said Jamie, who finished with four shots in 16:57 of ice time. "Losing is not fun but playing against him was pretty fun. Not sure if we even had a shift together, but he looks good in the red and blue. A pretty cool experience. We'll probably remember that one for a while."
More of the recap here. (Sports Day DFW)
VIDEO: Stars-Canadiens postgame thoughts https://t.co/mX4IUbOHfa— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 29, 2017
Mike Heika had his weekly Q&A session on Monday topics discussed included: Lehtonen getting all the starts recently and his bad contract and he weighs in on the Johns vs Oleksiak expansion draft protection. (SportsDayDFW)
Monday the Stars were eliminated from the playoffs but their window to contend for a cup is still open. (SB Nation)
One of Elliot Friedman’s thoughts brought up the possibility of former coach Ken Hitchcock returning to the Stars. Other writers also have brought up this possibility. (Yahoo Sports)
In a case when a team doesn’t have any history of their own so they glom some from the Stars.
Dallas may not finish in the bottom 5 but they will still be eligible for the draft lottery. If you want to mess with a draft lottery simulator go here. (Tankathon)
The Texas Stars slim playoff chances took a hit last night with a 4-1 loss to the Stockton Heat. Matej Stransky scored the only goal for the Stars as they finished up their road trip. (100 Degree Hockey)
Texas had a successful weekend raising money:
There will still be time to vote for Philippe Desrosiers goalie mask.
4 more teams clinched a playoff spot last night.
A look at every potential 1st round matchup in the playoffs. (TSN)
Down Goes Brown weighs in on the 12 types of playoff teams. From favorites to underdogs etc. (Sportsnet)
Which other teams are in danger of being eliminated.
One day after Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a hit to the head from a Red Wings player, Panthers James Reimer was removed his game last night after a blow to the head. Should the NHL be concerned with dangerous net drives? (In Goal Magazine)
The NHL lost their battle with former players over concussion issues and some damaging emails from doctors were unsealed yesterday. (TSN)
What to do after your hockey career ends? Some players thrive while others spin out of control. (The Sportster)
Most people remember Scott Steven’s big hit on Paul Kariya in the 2003 playoffs. Since his early retirement due to concussions he has been very bitter toward hockey. (NBC Sports)
Would a trade of Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason to the Stars be the answer to their goaltending problems? A look at that and 14 other trades that could make this summer interesting. (The Sportster)
The US Women’s team won their dispute yesterday.
Finally Toronto rookie Auston Matthews broke Wendel Clark’s Leafs rookie record for goals in a season.