Last Saturday, head coach Jim Montgomery changed up the forward lines after the first period against the Anaheim Ducks. What followed was a historic second period in which the Dallas Stars had 30 shots on goal and came back from a 3-0 deficit to win the game 5-3.
Eager to keep that magic going, Montgomery stuck with the same lineup heading into last night’s matchup against the Ottawa Senators, but no such luck was found as the Stars dropped a 4-1 decision:
“They were good in the first, but we’re not generating enough Grade-A scoring chances,” Montgomery said. “I think someone said we had 15 in the game. Probably four came on the power play and three with the pulled goalie situation. So we’re not generating enough.”
Still, it’s not as if everything was bad. For instance, the Stars’ second scoring line of Valeri Nichushkin, Jason Spezza, and Alexander Radulov looked pretty good despite staying off the scoresheet:
In about five minutes of ice time Saturday night, Nichushkin and Radulov helped the Stars produce nine scoring chances.
“I think that’s just Mother love of Russia is why there’s a little chemistry there,” Montgomery said. “Hope to keep it going.”
You can read more in Matthew DeFranks’ piece here.
More From the Game
Going along with the theme of new forward lines:
Don't know who comes out, but expect to see Roman Polak, Gemel Smith, and Roope Hintz all in the lineup tomorrow on second game of back-to-back.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 16, 2018
Here’s the tribute video the Senators showed for Ray Emery last night:
A video tribute to beloved Sens goaltender Ray “Razor” Emery who passed away earlier this year. pic.twitter.com/mtvgoDb0zJ— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 16, 2018
Not strictly related to last night’s game, but Wayne Scanlan put together an excellent piece on Jason Spezza: [Sportsnet]
Jim Montgomery put out the extra attacker with about seven minutes left. Here’s a look at what was probably going through his head at the time:
Shapiro discusses the goalie pull, the mistakes that led up to the goals against, and more in his 20/20: [The Athletic]
Look on the bright side, everyone; John Klingberg is on pace for about a million goals (give or take):
John Klingberg matched the @DallasStars / North Stars franchise record for longest season-opening point streak by a defenseman (5 GP), a mark set by Darryl Sydor in 1998-99. #NHLStats #DALvsOTT pic.twitter.com/WT6RpKfH5C— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 16, 2018
Speaking of Nashville...
Once again, for your viewing pleasure:
Around the League
Bad news for the Vancouver Canucks, who will be without rookie sensation Elias Pettersson for the near future:
Report: Pettersson out 7-10 days after hit https://t.co/CsAaFY4GuN— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) October 15, 2018
On that note, Mike Matheson, the skater responsible for Pettersson’s concussion, has been suspended two games by the NHL: [NBC Sports]
We’re not even a tenth of the way into the season, but Down Goes Brown is still trying to project Stanley Cup contenders and bottom feeders nonetheless:
Technically it isn’t Kenya’s only ice hockey team (they have a women’s squad as well), but still marvelous either way: