If the Dallas Stars want to be champions, they need to work on their championship mentality, says head coach Jim Montgomery.
Montgomery is seeking regular, reliable effort after a difficult 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers that came one day after a 6-2 blowout of the Philadelphia Flyers, reports Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika:
“The one thing I found inconsistent with our team has been our work ethic on a daily basis,” Montgomery said before the game. “That’s practice and games. It’s something we’ve talked a lot about with the leadership group. I don’t think we understand yet what real hard work looks like.”
Captain Jamie Benn agrees:
“I think it was pretty much all us,” Benn said. “It’s about just doing the right things all of the time and then everybody behind you has something to follow. That one’s on us tonight. There was probably not anyone to follow and when you don’t have anyone to follow, there’s nowhere to go.”
Mike has more. [Dallas Stars]
“I only thought the first period was a good period.” Here’s the gist of Monty’s postgame presser.
Tyler Seguin scored, but wished he’d done more:
Here’s the word on Ben Bishop, as of last night:
Ben Bishop is day-to-day with a lower body soft tissue injury. Will be re-evaluated tomorrow.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) November 20, 2018
And keep an eye out for Sean Shapiro’s next analysis piece:
The Stars are now 1/4th of the way through the season. We've heard a lot about Jim Montgomery's process, but how has it reflected success? Story tomorrow morning in @TheAthleticDFW— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 20, 2018
Around the League(s)
All You Need Is #Kill
- The St. Louis Blues handed the woebegone Los Angeles Kings a victory and AHL goalie Cal Petersen his first NHL shutout. Final score: 2-0. [St. Louis Game Time]
- Filip Forsberg came through with the game-winner as the Nashville Predators earned the season sweep over the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2. [On The Forecheck]
- Patrik Laine bagged his sixth career hat trick as the Winnipeg Jets handed the Vancouver Canucks their sixth consecutive loss, 6-3. [Nucks Misconduct]
The Blues are done with their Mike Yeo experiment.
JUST IN: #Blues fire head coach Mike Yeo and name Craig Berube as interim head coach. St. Louis is 7-9-3 on the season after losing 2-0 to the #Kings on Monday.— SportsCentre (@SportsCentre) November 20, 2018
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Will the Edmonton Oilers’ Todd McLellan and Peter Chiarelli be next for the chop?
Todd McLellan and Peter Chiarelli were hired in Edmonton to instill a culture change and turn around a perpetually losing franchise. It hasn't happened, and it's time for the coach and GM to go. @THNKenCampbell files: https://t.co/VRwGORJBc8 pic.twitter.com/t2NFVS4vzj— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) November 19, 2018
The NHL’s position on concussions is officially an international embarrassment, but the mindset starts early.
The Idaho Steelheads remind you that it’s Movember. What will you do?