The Dallas Stars played Hitch hockey in their first game against their former coach, and that may have been part of the problem.
The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks took a look at the scoring drought that followed the Stars into their 1-0 OT loss to the Edmonton Oilers:
The loss was the Stars’ fourth in the last five games and second time shut out this season. Dallas has scored four goals total in its last four losses.
“I thought it was a really good defensive, checking game by both teams,” Montgomery said. “I thought both teams showed a lot of creativity in the offensive zone. Both goalies had to be good at times. In the end, they made one more play than we did.”
And the Stars may have lost on defense, although just getting to overtime might be considered a win given the state of the lineup:
“We got a lot of callups,” Bayreuther said. “We’re a bunch of underdogs, to be honest. We’re playing our hearts out.”
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
Montgomery said he thinks the team is moving in the right direction in the post-game presser:
"We're improving. I just wish we could have got that extra point." pic.twitter.com/Oc7hvAOoE9— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 28, 2018
Here’s something to raise your spirits: the ever-game Tyler Seguin playing a little game with Paul Bissonnette.
NHL hockey in Houston? Heika and Razor speculate on whether the Stars could get a regional rival in their latest podcast. [Dallas Stars]
Jason Robertson made the cut in Ryan Kennedy’s latest roundup of prospects to watch.
Around the League(s)
The Evening In #Murder
- Nathan MacKinnon scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche won the Central-on-Central battle, defeating the Nashville Predators 3-2. [Mile High Hockey]
- The Minnesota Wild blew a two-goal lead in the third period during their 4-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The Winnipeg Jets lost their own third period and opened the door to the Pittsburgh Penguins’s 4-3 comeback victory. [Pensburgh]
- The Chicago Blackhawks changed it up a bit – they gave up three goals in the first frame as they got their clocks cleaned by the Vegas Golden Knights, 8-3. [Second City Hockey]
Meanwhile, in Toronto, Auston Matthews says he’s well enough to play again, but he still needs medical clearance.
Ron Hextall is out as Philadelphia Flyers GM. How long does head coach Dave Hakstol have? Jared Clinton says you might well ask.
Hextall's out and Hakstol's safe, but the Flyers bench boss isn't in the clear. The next Philadelphia GM will decide the fate of the coaching staff, writes @THNJaredClintonhttps://t.co/hdpB2cxNJl pic.twitter.com/yZtO6weona— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) November 28, 2018
Can Dustin Brown save the Los Angeles Kings from themselves? Can you even believe this question may demand an answer?
Dustin Brown scored his fourth goal in two games as the Kings took down the Canucks in overtime.https://t.co/REbvvizA2T— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 28, 2018
Daniel Carcillo has gotten a lot more vocal about hockey life now that he’s retired. His stories about player abuse in the OHL are actively disturbing.
For the Dallas Stars Foundation, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Enjoy.