But they couldn’t escape one last bit of gratuitous cruelty from the hockey fates: Antoine Roussel left the game during the first period after blocking a Johnny Boychuk slap shot and could miss the rest of the season with an upper-body injury, as reported by Mark Stepneski. [Ruffled Lines]
“It’s not good news,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I don’t have a time frame, but it’s going to be awhile. In all likelihood, the rest of the year. That hurt us.”
There were high points: You’ll be watching this Radek Faksa rail slide (which also happened to produce the Stars’ second-period go-ahead goal) on highlight reels for the next four evers:
Radek Faksa would make a pretty great video game character pic.twitter.com/46ZetH2nYL— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) March 3, 2017
And the Captain’s two goals included this reminder of why the Stars’ penalty kill used to be known as The Jamie Benn Power Play:
Meanwhile, Ales Hemsky put in a little more than 10 minutes, even doing time on the PK, in his return from surgery – and hopes to prove he’s worth a new contract.
March 2 was Texas Independence Day, and @DallasStars took a moment to celebrate.
Lu is believed to have re-aggravated a persistent lower-body injury that’s been troubling him all season.
Roberto Luongo has been dealing with mysterious injury for some time; said to be related to hip problem from last year.— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) March 3, 2017
Last night, in The Murderous Central:
- The Columbus Blue Jackets shut out the Minnesota Wild 1-0 in the playoffs preview (and debut of former Star Lauri Korpikoski). [Hockey Wilderness]
- The Colorado Avalanche avoided another shutout but took another loss, this time to the Ottawa Senators, 2-1. [Mile High Hockey]
- And the Montreal Canadiens ruined the P.K. Subban homecoming with a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators. [On the Forecheck]
Subban’s return to Québec was such a big deal it got its own Twitter Moment.
I’ll just leave this here.
Montreal Canadiens now 3-0-0 since acquiring Jordie Benn.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) March 3, 2017
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau had a word or two (or seven or eight) for the refs after his team’s shutout loss.
From Kevin Shattenkirk to P.A. Parenteau, Rob Vollman examines how five trade-deadline acquisitions could make a difference for their new teams. [NHL]
Meanwhile, Ken Campbell says it’s time to just knock it off about trade-deadline expectations already.
Let’s not be duped by the overrated trade deadline anymore: https://t.co/61h9reVKLv— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 3, 2017
Jarome Iginla chose a brand-new number after his trade to the Los Angeles Kings, and Gretzky is the reason why.
Kings fans have their own theory.
If you don't get it... I can't help you. pic.twitter.com/3GBnkHODeT— All The Kings Men (@KingsMenPodcast) March 2, 2017
The Vegas Golden Knights hold the key to the offseason goalie market. Kevin Woodley takes a closer look. [NHL]
Now at The Players’ Tribune: Christian Hanson writes about that time he discovered his father was a movie star:
Mark your calendars, college students and recent grads: The Texas Stars will host a Sports Industry Career Fair on Wednesday, March 22 at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park.
Finally: The AT&T Photo of the Month for February goes to this literal ray of human sunshine. Get well soon, Rouss’.