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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Start West Coast Road Trip With Loss In Vegas

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Jim Montgomery wants more effort as their California cycle begins. Plus, Antti Raanta could be out for the year, getting excited about Seattle hockey, and more.

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The Dallas Stars’ winning streak ended as their West Coast road trip began. A 4-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights made for a rocky start to a week in which they will also meet the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks on their home ice.

Head coach Jim Montgomery wasn’t too happy with the effort level:

“I thought they out-competed us tonight,” said Stars coach Jim Montgomery. “Our energy and emotion the last two games hasn’t been what it was.”

It did turn out to be another big night for Marc-Andre Fleury. The Vegas goalie notched his 17th victory of the season:

“[Fleury] has been lights out all year,” said Vegas forward Alex Tuch. “He’s leading the league in wins, somebody told me, so that is pretty cool.”

There’s more at the official site. [Dallas Stars]


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Here’s what Jim Montgomery had to say after last night’s loss:

And if this didn’t hurt you badly enough the first time...

Around The League(s)

#Murder Was The Case

  • The St. Louis Blues lost 6-1 to the Vancouver Canucks, behind a Brock Boeser hat trick and five points for rookie sensation Elias Pettersson. [NHL]
  • Seven different Winnipeg Jets scored during their 7-1 shellacking of the Philadelphia Flyers. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks’ special teams fizzled as they lost their seventh consecutive game, this time to the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2. [Second City Hockey]

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman has earned a two-game suspension for a bad hit on the Boston Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy.

Bad news for the Arizona Coyotes: Netminder Antti Raanta, out since November 27, is injured more badly than they thought.

If you thought Seattle was excited to get its own NHL franchise, read about how Tod Leiweke plans to make it an essential experience.

Finally

Great news from former Stars stalwart Patrick Eaves. Congratulations, college graduate!