The Dallas Stars fell short of a traditional Hollywood ending on Saturday afternoon. But Hollywood endings can also point to new beginnings, reminds Mike Heika.
The Stars’ senior staff writer wrote a long reflection on the weekend’s heartbreaking overtime loss to the Nashville Predators – and found quite a bit to make fans happy:
Jason Spezza had his parents, his wife and his four daughters with him on the ice before the game Saturday. It was beautiful. He so values his family and so credits them for getting him to where he is, that it was a perfect moment of reflection. What’s more, he had a goal and continues to show that his career is far from over. While he looked back at all he had done, he just seemed to be motivated to keep the story going.
Then you get the whole duct-tape defense story. John Klingberg broke his hand last game and will be out four weeks. That meant Joel Hanley was called up to take his place. Roman Polak was sick Saturday morning. That meant Ben Gleason was called up to take his place. With Klingberg, Polak, Stephen Johns, Marc Methot and Connor Carrick injured, the Stars were icing a defense where five players had a combined 119 games of experience.
When you think about it, Rocky didn’t win that first fight with Apollo Creed, The Bad News Bears didn’t beat the Yankees, Tin Cup ended the U.S. Open with a 12. There are plenty of stories in sports where you simply learn from a loss, where you pave a better future with a loss.
There’s more at the official site. [Dallas Stars]
Mark Stepneski has a roster report for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Heika also talked with new guy Gleason.
And in case you were wondering, he and Denis Gurianov are gentlemen.
Ben Gleason let Denis Gurianov keep the puck from yesterday, since he said first goal beats out first assist. Did say he really wanted to keep the puck from his first NHL point, but it was right decision.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 11, 2018
Around the League(s)
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- The Chicago Blackhawks lost their seventh consecutive game in a painful 4-0 shutout orchestrated by Brian Elliott and the Philadelphia Flyers. [Second City Hockey]
- Elsewhere, the Colorado Avalanche halted their own slide with a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. [Copper And Blue]
- The Winnipeg Jets moved one point ahead of the Stars in the Central standings with a 5-2 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils. [All About The Jersey]
- And in Central-on-Central action, the Minnesota Wild scored twice in 25 seconds on their way to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. [Hockey Wilderness]
Jared Clinton names five players due for a turnaround, from Max Pacioretty to James Neal.
Word is that the NHL’s class-action concussion lawsuit is on the verge of being settled for about $22,000 per player.
The Edmonton Oilers are having their troubles, but will sending Kailer Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujarvi to the AHL solve them?
Looking for more prospect news? Craig Button is starting early on potential top picks for the 2020 NHL Draft.
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LW Colton Hargrove made his own highlight reel, too.
Colton Hargrove recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick in tonight’s win with a goal, assist, and fight— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) November 11, 2018
And on Sunday, Travis Morin’s two goals, Roope Hintz’s game-winner and a Denis Gurianov power-play dagger propelled the T-Stars past the Rampage 4-2. [Texas Stars]
For all who celebrated yesterday and will observe today...happy Veterans Day. And for our DBD vets...thank you for your service.