Once again, Julius Honka uses an overtime shift to demonstrate why he belongs not just in the Dallas Stars’ future, but at the center of it.
You probably remember his debut against the Minnesota Wild in November, in which (amongst other things) he broke up a 2-on-1 to create a turnover that led to a Stars’ OT victory, and did it with such preternatural sangfroid that the entire league took notice.
Honka’s latest exploits, and those of his fellow Texas Stars call-ups, gave the fans something to cheer and even more to look forward to, as Mike Heika writes:
"I think he's getting a little bit more confident to get involved on the offensive side," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's done a nice job moving the puck. The overtime is a time when he should excel with that much ice and the way he can skate."
"I feel way more comfortable with the puck, and it helps me to play my game," Honka said. "Obviously, I like to play with the puck a lot, and here if you have confidence it helps to play your game."
Mike has more. [SportsDayDFW]
You’ll probably want to rewatch Honka’s first NHL goal at random times throughout the day, every day, so I’ll just leave it here.
Julie Dobbs had the postgame interview (and the game-winning puck).
And Razor makes a case for nicknaming him after a rather unexpected OTC remedy.
Honks had one of the biggest games of his career to date, but all the Stars’ youth covered themselves in glory last night, Heika writes.
Sean Shapiro has posted some prospect notes to Twitter, including this one on newly minted ATO Nick Caamano:
Some Stars prospect notes: Nicholas Caamano is expected to play at least a couple games for Texas Stars before end of AHL season.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 4, 2017
And now that his season with the Ottawa 67s is over, prospect blueliner Chris Martenet will join the Cedar Park squad.
The T-Stars play at home tonight against the Bakersfield Condors.
Thirteen years ago yesterday, the Hurricanes and the Panthers played the NHL’s final tied game – a 6-6 affair that also featured a historic goal by blueliner Brad Fast in what would be his only NHL appearance. [NHL]
Last night, in the Central Division of Mayhem:
- The Winnipeg Jets unleashed their offense (and chased Jake Allen) to win one for pride against the St. Louis Blues, 5-2. [St. Louis Game Time]
- D-man Thomas Hickey, playing wing for a game, scored the OT GWG as the New York Islanders took down the Nashville Predators 2-1. [Lighthouse Hockey]
- The Minnesota Wild defeated the now-mathematically-eliminated Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 as forward Bryan Bickell returned for his first game since his MS diagnosis. [Canes Country]
- And the Colorado Avalanche shocked the Chicago Blackhawks as Erik Johnson sealed the 4-3 OT win. [Mile High Hockey]
This is the same game in which Brad Marchand finally went a step too far for even #EastCoastBias: He took a five-minute major plus a match penalty (and faces suspension) for spearing Jake Dotchin in the groin.
Video: Brad Marchand gets major penalty for ugly, ugly spear https://t.co/UHQKBEhWjn— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 4, 2017
Clarke MacArthur after returning to the lineup tonight for the first time since 2015. So much emotion. pic.twitter.com/vinVrZUaUP— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 5, 2017
Bettman suggested to IOC to move hockey to SUMMER Olympics.— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) April 4, 2017
Meanwhile, Alex Ovechkin isn’t ready to give up: He plans to attend even if the league doesn’t and suggests Bettman is “bluffing.” [CBC]
Ovechkin on Olympics, if he's still going: "Yeah, I didn't change my mind. I'm still going " pic.twitter.com/SzO2RUpL79— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 4, 2017
Finally: The Wild wore Minnesota North Stars jerseys to yet another party, and the Dallas Stars’ social media team couldn’t let it go without notice. Enjoy.