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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Khudobin Steps Up to the Plate

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The Stars backup stole the game against the Maple Leafs in last night’s 2-1 win. Plus, why Jim Montgomery has been shuffling his forward lines so much, Tyler Seguin has a great idea for a new NHL award, and more.

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Ben Bishop has been fantastic so far this season for the Dallas Stars, single handedly winning games for Dallas with his solid play. So when Montgomery announced that he would be sitting in favor of backup Anton Khudobin against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who scored 7 goals in their game earlier this season, many fans were skeptical.

As if feeding off of the perceived criticism, Khudobin went on to have an amazing 30 save performance, letting in only a single goal — which came off of a 6-on-4 power play, mind you. Needless to say, Montgomery was happy with his goaltender tonight:

“He’s such a good teammate and he brings energy every day and he puts a smile on everyone’s face. With Bish playing so well, it’s been hard to get him in as many games as we’d like, but it’s great for his confidence. It’s great for the team morale how well he played and it shows that we have two great goalies.”

Khudobin benefited from some lucky ricochets off of the pipes, including a potential goal by Patrick Marleau on a wide-open net, but don’t write off his performance as “lucky.” He faced 15 shots in the 3rd period, 5 of them coming from the last few minutes alone:

“I tried to throw everything away and just follow the puck,” Khudobin said. “Luckily, I saw a couple first shots and I felt confidence right away. I felt the puck. I saw the puck. It was good.”

You can read more in Matthew DeFranks’ piece here.


Stars Stories

Let’s hear more from the star of the night himself:

Jim Montgomery really likes how the team is coming along:

Sean Shapiro talks about Harry Potter, Toronto-natives returning home, and more in his 20/20 recap of the game: [The Athletic]

Though Connor Carrick did not play last night due to injury, he and Roman Polak both got a video tribute from the Maple Leafs:

Wondering why you see so many different line combinations in Stars games? Montgomery explains his philosophy of creating a lineup: [SportsDay DFW]


Central Census

Busy evening last night in the NHL, with very Central team besides the Minnesota Wild playing:

If the NHL truly wants entertaining playoff hockey, they should make a mid-season rules change to make the Western Conference playoffs feature the Pacific division winner and the entire Central:


Around the League

So, uhh, this happened:

With Jonathan Quick out for likely a month if not more, the Los Angeles Kings should start building towards the far-off future: [The Hockey News]

I’m not sure we should count empty-netters when it comes to these things, but...

How did the Stars do in the 2016 NHL Draft? Corey Pronman revisits his draft grades from that year: [The Athletic]

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are back for another ESPN player’s roundtable:


Finally...

Let us welcome Ryan Kennedy as a new acolyte of the #Klingberg4Norris clan: