Happy Friday everyone!
I’m wrapping this one up a bit on the late side tonight, so I’m going to pull a Fox Sports and pivot to video for most of the game wrap up. Have a great weekend!
Kevin Connauton opened the scoring early in the 1st to give the Coyotes a 1-0:
The Stars couldn’t put the puck in the net during a lackluster opening period, but things changed in the middle frame. Devin Shore scored on the hockey version of an alley oop to knot the game at 1:
A couple minutes later, Tyler Seguin put those awesome skills he developed during that stupid All-Star Saturday night thing that he had to do to rip in a wrister and put the Stars up 2-1:
Mattias Janmark didn’t want Shore to score the only goal that could be described with basketball terminology and knocked in a bank shot off of Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood to give the Stars a 3-1 lead:
In the 3rd, Esa Lindell used some impressive
luck skill to score an empty netter from deep to finish the scoring at 4-1 Stars:
And thus ended the evening. Oh yeah, the Stars had a goal called back because of the offsides review challenge that everyone loves.
It’s pretty rare that you see a player get nicked up when they’re not playing:
Hitch said Ben Bishop will be checked tomorrow and we’ll receive an update. Bishop was hit by puck while sitting on bench.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) February 2, 2018
Antti Raanta update: Raanta was involved in a rear-end collision on Loop 101 on his way to Gila River Arena tonight. He was shaken up but is ok. He served as the Coyotes backup goaltender tonight versus Dallas but for precautionary reasons, was not on the bench.— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) February 2, 2018
Mr. Motivation Ken Hitchcock on what changed after the 1st period:
Kari Lehtonen seems to enjoy his new role:
Robert has an interesting chart for you:
This is interesting. Honka gets the most ice time on the defense when team is down by three, and the least ice time when team is down by one or two.— Robert Tiffin (@RobertTiffin) February 1, 2018
(But one must remember that the Stars haven't trailed by 3 all that often.) pic.twitter.com/0jIeZJJS9f
Props to excellent Stars reporter Sean Shapiro on his new gig (the Athletic just announced that it is expanding to Dallas). I know some people don’t like the “pay for content” model, but the lack of ads is pretty nice and the quality of the content is good too. HOWEVER, there is always room in your hearts for DBD. And if you or anyone you know wants to keep reading for FREE, you know where to go:
Announcement: I'm joining The Athletic. Still covering the Dallas Stars and the NHL, just doing it at a new place. @TheAthleticDFW launches Feb. 12.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) February 1, 2018
Tyler Seguin never plays games guilty and he’s also a really nice guy:
Our team ambassador for #HockeyIsForEveryone Month is @tseguinofficial! As part of his work through Seguin Stars and the @DS_Foundation, Seguin uses his platform to help diverse groups connect to the game. pic.twitter.com/je9zH55krv— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 1, 2018
I’ve never been to Tampa, but it seems like a weird place. Remember when they dyed the ocean blue?
Pirates, puppies and parrots. The 2018 NHL All-Star Game in a nutshell. pic.twitter.com/dny4upEydY— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 1, 2018
Who ya got?
Around the League
Some unfortunate news for a Central Division foe:
After further evaluation, Nathan MacKinnon will be out 2-4 weeks. pic.twitter.com/ftGuHDqgdt— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) February 1, 2018
I like Dave Lozo, but it kind of seems to me like the NHL/Commissioner has similar issues with every other sports league, but hockey writers just complain about them more. I think like half of these complaints could be directly attributed to Roger Goodell and the NFL as well:
Here’s some more on Bettman, but this one includes a picture with him, Brendan Shanahan, and Gob Bluth!
Having said that, hockey is for everyone!:
Nothing gets the hockey media more excited than beer-league/emergency goalie stories:
Future Star John Tavares is completely focused on the present:
The questions won't stop for John Tavares. He gets that and he refuses to let it affect his play or his timeline to make a decision. My blog. https://t.co/OBZx00OpYi— Ken Campbell (@THNKenCampbell) February 1, 2018
Phil Kessel seems like a pretty hilarious dude (some of the comments on this are fantastic):