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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars End Roller-Coaster Day With Much-Needed Win

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The Stars went from an “embarrassing” morning practice to a shutout in Nashville. Plus, a big night for goalies, Team USA live from the 2019 World Juniors, and more.

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Like Mattias Janmark with Calle Jarnkrok, the Stars just held the Predators down until they lost.
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The Dallas Stars took a big win last night, shutting out the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Bridgestone Arena. Feels good, right? ...Right?

Sean Shapiro goes behind the scenes at an up-and-down day for the Stars in Music City, during which a lethargic morning practice left head coach Jim Montgomery scolding them audibly:

“We are tied for the last playoff spot,” Montgomery told his team in a voice loud enough to hear from the stands. “We are fucking inconsistent. I’m embarrassed, we should be embarrassed.”

Montgomery than began discussing that morning’s performance, calling it “fucking embarrassing” and saying that the team needed “get it together” before the game in Nashville that evening.

At one point Montgomery told the group, “You want ice time? We are ready to give it. You’ve got to earn it.”

Anton Khudobin’s record-setting performance came at a perfect moment, but it also makes it difficult to conclude that the Stars really shook off their doldrums, Shapiro writes:

While there are some positives to take from this game, and that is certainly the feeling around those close to the team, it’s hard to call a game where the Stars allowed 49 shots a good performance.

Allowing 49 shots is problematic. And if this is considered a good performance, then the Stars [simply] are not a very good team.

It’s not fun being pessimistic after a win, and as Khudobin said, “A win is a win,” but tonight’s overall game flow was an example of why the Predators are one of the better teams in the NHL and the Stars are battling to remain in the playoff conversation.

The Stars are 6-1-1 against the Western Conference’s four best teams. So which Stars will show up on Sunday against the struggling Detroit Red Wings?

There’s more under the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]


Stars Stuff

Speaking of First Star of the Game Dobby and his franchise-defining night...

Mark Stepneski sums up last night in his latest Five Things post.

Tyler Pitlick, who scored the opening and game-winning goal, spoke to the media after the game:

We only got to see one of Mattias Janmark’s many patented hockey faces after his insurance tally, but it’s a good one:

Around The League(s)

#Murder Party

Speaking of milestone nights, Mackenzie Blackwood got 40 saves and his first NHL win as the New Jersey Devils rolled over the Boston Bruins, 5-2.

In 2019 World Juniors action, Team Canada held off a tough fight from Switzerland.

USA vs. Kazakhstan is a big part of today’s live action.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars won their fifth straight home game with a 5-2 victory over their I-35 rivals, the San Antonio Rampage.

Finally

Here’s a nice World Juniors flashback starring a very young Jamie Benn.