No one wants to hear about how nice it is to pick up a loser point – least of all head coach Ken Hitchcock, who jokingly (?) threatened The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika with microphone-related violence at the suggestion. But Heika makes the case that even the SO loss might have been out of reach for last year’s Stars:
“It’s a sign of a good team that finds ways to get points,” [Dan] Hamhuis said. “First month or six weeks, the game probably would have passed us by. It’s a good sign of this team, the resiliency, even if you aren’t feeling it, you find ways to buckle down and come together and get something out of it.”
The Stars were outshot 11-7 in the first period and then dominated the remainder of the game, outshooting Columbus 25-14 in the second and third periods. [Alexander] Radulov helped create a tying goal for [Roussel], but he then saw it erased on replay because of goaltender interference.
That could have sunk the Stars, who disagreed with the video replay team in Toronto. But instead of getting caught up in the decision, they dug in.
Sometimes, the moral victory has to be enough:
“That’s what it’s all about,” Radulov said. “It doesn’t matter how the game is gonna go, you still have to stick with it and play good as a team and battle for every inch on the ice.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]
Hitchcock wasn’t mincing many words when he shared his thoughts on the no-goal that might have turned the tide last night.
He was, however, “very impressed” with defender Dillon Heatherington in his NHL debut, as Scott Burnside recounts in his Five Takeaways. [Dallas Stars]
Mark Stepneski clears up the credit for the Radulov goal (assisted by Hamhuis and Jamie Benn).
Scoring on the Stars goal tonight will be changed to Radulov from Hamhuis and Benn.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) January 19, 2018
For those of you scoring at home.
He also brought TOI numbers for Heatherington:
Dillon Heatherington played 13:28 in his NHL debut tonight.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) January 19, 2018
Around the League(s)
Another Day In the #MDK
- The Colorado Avalanche grab another win at home, downing the San Jose Sharks 5-3. [Denver Post]
- Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring, and it was all downhill from there as St. Louis Blues took out the struggling Ottawa Senators, 4-1. [Silver Seven]
- Craig Smith got the final tally as the Nashville Predators survived a shootout with the Arizona Coyotes, 3-2. [On The Forecheck]
Here’s one highlight, in GIF form:
The reveal for Eric Lindros at his jersey retirement ceremony was awesome pic.twitter.com/uocrCWieew— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 19, 2018
With Corey Crawford possibly out for the rest of the season, Rory Boylen looks at eight potential replacement goalies for the Chicago Blackhawks, ranging from Robin Lehner to Calvin Pickard. [Sportsnet]
With the caveat that the team would rather make him “a Senator for life,” GM Pierre Dorion nevertheless will “consider offers” for name-brand blueliner Erik Karlsson. [NHL]
From a Ric Flair robe to an All Blacks jersey to a wolf mask, learn more about how different NHL teams honor their men of the match.
Will Evander Kane be available at the trade deadline? The Buffalo Sabres will probably deal rather than re-sign the 2018 UFA left wing...if a team can meet their price.
"But when I reported on Tuesday that for some teams it was as many as four pieces, two or three clubs reached back to me and said, ‘Forget it. We’re not doing that.’" #Sabres— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) January 18, 2018
All Evander Kane trade ask details, plus teams' reactions. https://t.co/GmEAo0Cv7w
And where can Jack Johnson make the biggest difference? Rob Vollman examines the Blue Jackets’ possible trade partners. [ESPN]
Center Bo Horvat has been medically cleared to practice and travel, and that snuffling sound you hear is Vancouver Canucks fans weeping with joy.
Ever wondered about Bo Horvat's importance to the Canucks? They're 4-11-2 since he went down.— Nick Alberga (@thegoldenmuzzy) January 18, 2018
Elsewhere, the Edmonton Oilers are calling up Iiro Pakarinen; star center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is on IR due to a sternum injury he sustained during Saturday’s win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars are in the Great White North to start their latest road trip and posted this dispatch from MTS Centre. They play the first of two back-to-back games against the Manitoba Moose tonight at 7 p.m. Central time.
Course list:— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) January 18, 2018
Get sorted into your wizarding house at each entrance.
Meet and take photos with live owls.
Donate books to the Texas Stars Foundation book drive.
♂️ Dress up in your favorite wizardry wardrobe. pic.twitter.com/taRiKCWjGH
Because there’s never an overdose of birthday memes...find your NHL team and role according to your birth date and month! Enjoy.