Tyler Seguin was the overtime hero as the Dallas Stars beat a strong Boston Bruins team in overtime on MLK Day. It’s a fortuitous start to a key Eastern road trip that takes the team to Detroit, Columbus and Buffalo between tonight and January 20.
Scott Burnside hit some of the high points in yesterday’s Five Takeaways, including the performances of the Stars’ pivots – especially Seguin:
“Well, I think you can’t play them backing up, there’s just too much speed and skill,” Dallas head coach Ken Hitchcock said. “You’ve got to play on your toes, and we kept talking about it on the bench. I thought we got a lot of really good efforts, especially at our center ice position, all four guys really helped us and managed the game properly.
“That’s one of the best teams we’ve played in a long time,” Hitchcock said. “They’re really quick and they’ve got a lot of composure, and so, the whole game was a test for both teams. But I thought, for the most part, we managed it.”
The Stars also benefited from a great performance by Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 30 of 32 shots in his first start since December 15 and is cementing his reputation as a road warrior:
“Sound -- that’s what you hope for,” Hitchcock said. “He’s a backup in word only. He’s really a starting goaltender. We’ve got the luxury, and we’ve got to start using it right now. Ben (Bishop) gets it (Tuesday) in Detroit, then we’ll just see from there. But every time Lehts plays on the road, he gives us a chance to win and that’s a really, really good sign.”
Burnside has much more at the official site. [Dallas Stars]
Josh Bogorad sums up the 2018 edition of what has become the annual Seguin Revenge Game (with a stick tap to @stephlagrant):
Tyler Seguin and the Stars are 4-1 in Boston since his trade to Dallas.— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) January 16, 2018
Among Seguin's highlights:
- Shootout goal in first game back
- Hat trick in Nov 2015
- Today's OT winner through the entire Bruins team
Do you want to re-watch as Seguin destroys every Bruin on the ice during 3-on-3 OT? Sure, we all do!
Amalie Benjamin writes that Segs’ performance is a perfect illustration of how he’s grown into his No. 1 center role. [NHL]
And here’s another look at one of Kari’s more spectacular saves:
If you’d like to bookmark that exposition of how Jamie Benn (technically) sacrificed a face-off win to enable the Alexander Radulov goal, DBD’s own Robert has you covered.
This is a great breakdown of the Stars' second goal, and how Jamie Benn's deceptive hand positioning led to it. pic.twitter.com/s4CAowsnVg— Robert Tiffin (@RobertTiffin) January 15, 2018
Mike Heika has more on the Jason Spezza healthy scratch, and what Hitchcock meant to accomplish with it. (Spezza is expected to be back in the lineup tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.)
Meanwhile, the NHL Network asked this, regarding a list of potential Norris Trophy candidates from which John Klingberg is conspicuously absent:
@DallasStars was quick with an answer, as ever:
Around the League(s)
Has Nathan MacKinnon rounded into a serious candidate for league MVP? Ian McLaren makes the case.
Will the Chicago Blackhawks be sellers at the March trade deadline? Ryan Kennedy writes that there are no easy fixes for their current roster troubles.
Meanwhile, Jaden Schwartz was back on the ice yesterday, for the first time since the right-ankle injury that took the top scorer out of the Blues’ lineup in December.
Jaden Schwartz, who skated today for 1st time, will continue to skate on his own back in St.Louis while team leaves for two game trip. Obviously welcome news for #stlblues— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) January 15, 2018
For a little perspective on how hard a Zdeno Chara slapper really is: The Montreal Canadiens’ Phillip Danault has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home after taking a Chara shot to the head on Saturday.
On behalf of myself and my fiancée, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your words of encouragement and support.— Phillip Danault (@phildanault) January 15, 2018
Can the Winter Olympics help calm tensions on the Korean peninsula? North and South Korea could ice a joint women’s hockey team as they work to clear the atmosphere for PyeongChang’s big moment on the international stage.
North and South Korea may field a joint women's ice hockey team at next month's Winter Olympics https://t.co/98AFcL0Th4— SI Olympics (@si_olympics) January 15, 2018
SMU’s G. William Jones Film and Video Collection is digitizing tons of archival sports footage from its WFAA Newsfilm Collection. Here’s a clip from Dallas’ ABC affiliate, aired in March 1973, that offers a glimpse of the Dallas-Fort Worth freeway rivalry in hockey.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Because this never - gets - old. Enjoy.