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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars’ Win Looks Like A Jim Montgomery Work

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The team scored three times in 96 seconds and preserved a Ben Bishop shutout. Plus, the #MDK kill count, Rasmus Dahlin’s rough debut, and more.

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The Dallas Stars scored three times in 96 seconds to defeat the Arizona Coyotes in front of a raucous home crowd. Fans could hardly have asked for a better way to start the 2018-19 season, and much of it was wrought by a veteran goalie and a rookie bench boss.

A peak-form Ben Bishop kept the scoring at zero until the Stars’ offense heated up, with Devin Shore breaking through in the second period to begin the rapid-fire goal bonanza. The victory highlighted exactly the sort of hockey new head coach Jim Montgomery has promised, wrote Matthew DeFranks in The Dallas Morning News:

It was a renaissance of the high-flying Stars, one largely absent last season with Ken Hitchcock implemented his defensive style. It was what Montgomery preached when he took over his first NHL job, and part of what will assimilate the Stars with the modern game of hockey. The Stars will pressure the puck, possess the puck and unleash their skill.

”I thought the guys did a good job of pushing the pace that first half of the game,” Bishop said. “I thought we were really taking it to them and had some good opportunities. You got a little glimpse of the style of play he wants us to play, and hopefully we can keep building on it.”

There’s more under the paywall. [SportsDayDFW]


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Jeff Veillette approves.

Around the League(s)

The #MurderDeathKill Division is starting the season true to form:

Rasmus Dahlin made a much-anticipated NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres, but the Boston Bruins drove them to defeat 4-0.

The Vegas Golden Knights dropped a 5-2 season opener to Wayne Simmonds and the Philadelphia Flyers, and here’s a sudden realization:

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars open their season tonight in Cedar Park, and here’s their official 2018-19 roster.

Finally

The NHL’s latest generational talent may have had a rough debut, but he can take comfort from this fan tribute, sung to the tune of a Dolly Parton classic. Enjoy.