The Dallas Stars are still fighting for a 2018 Stanley Cup playoff spot, and the Central Division won’t make it easy for them. However, Thursday’s 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings showcased the kind of play that could see them through, writes The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika.
The team begins a five-game home stand with tonight’s match against the Winnipeg Jets at 6pm CST. They’ll have to play hard in every one of them. Tyler Seguin, who finally broke the seal on Jonathan Quick in L.A., says he’s ready:
“Hitch has come in, and he’s evolved my game,” Seguin said. “But really, he’s just given me an opportunity, so I want to keep earning that and keep doing my job ...and keep being a first-line center.”
Head coach Ken Hitchcock adds that Seguin and captain Jamie Benn are stamping their authority at the right moment, too:
“Both him and Jamie are starting to take control of the hockey club. They’re taking control on the ice. They’re taking control in the locker room, on the bench,” Hitchcock said after the win over the Kings. “That’s good stuff, that’s what we need.
Mike has more. [SportsDayDFW]
Seguin set another milestone with his game-winning goal against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
Mark Stepneski shares some more Segs notes from Stars PR. Check his @StarsInsideEdge Twitter feed for an official preview of today’s game.
Tyler Seguin hit the 30-goal mark last night. Some notes on Seguin from Dallas Stars PR: pic.twitter.com/Cbc4juDkYk— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) February 23, 2018
Scott Burnside talked with Martin Hanzal, Ben Bishop, and Kari Lehtonen about their past experiences of being dealt at the NHL trade deadline.
What does it mean to be traded at the NHL trade deadline? Sometimes everything. https://t.co/lyebtRf1Of— Scott Burnside (@OvertimeScottB) February 23, 2018
And Stars ultra-prospect Miro Heiskanen shows up on a list of Olympians who look ready to start in the NHL. [ESPN]
Around the League(s)
All You Need Is #Kill
- The Minnesota Wild defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 – and moved into third place in the Central, a single point ahead of the Stars. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The Jets and the St. Louis Blues brought the Central-on-Central violence, and Winnipeg rode a three-goal first period to a 4-0 victory. [NHL]
- The Chicago Blackhawks got a 42-save performance from Jean-Francois Berube and a 3-1 home win over the San Jose Sharks. [Second City Hockey]
Auston Matthews heads to the room after this double hit from Adam Pelech and Cal Clutterbuck. Suspicion is that it's a shoulder ailment. pic.twitter.com/VWtIlQUUhj— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) February 23, 2018
We Have a Trade (Deadline)
The #Pens have acquired forward Derick Brassard in a three-team trade with Ottawa & Vegas.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 24, 2018
PIT also received a 2018 3rd-round draft pick and prospect forward Vincent Dunn from the Sens and prospect forward Tobias Lindberg from the Golden Knights.
Info: https://t.co/Rpdk3eWxw3 pic.twitter.com/OUjBBc3Znq
The Isles have locked up Josh Bailey before he can test free agency. The All-Star forward got a six-year, $30 million deal.
The Islanders and All-Star forward Josh Bailey have agreed to a six-year, $30 million extension https://t.co/n2kCF5ZX8h— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 24, 2018
2018 Winter Olympics Action
Germany stunned Canada 4-3 in the men’s hockey semifinals and will meet the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) in the gold medal game. Watch it live tonight at 9:30pm CST on NBCSN.
GERMANY is in the #gold medal game! #GER beat Canada #CAN 4-3 in the semi-finals. Game recap and more photos: https://t.co/1mj6ZJYgaV— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) February 23, 2018
Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images pic.twitter.com/Nsqv6OJbAI
Ryan Kennedy adds this prospect note:
By the way, Germany already has a very good player coming up the ranks - his name is Dominik Bokk, he's up for the 2018 draft and he plays for Vaxjo in Sweden.— Ryan Kennedy (@THNRyanKennedy) February 23, 2018
Should the IIHF have reprimanded Canada’s Jocelyne Larocque for refusing to wear her silver medal during the women’s awards ceremony? Ken Campbell thinks they should start with penalizing Sweden’s Lias Andersson for tossing his World Juniors medal into the stands. [The Hockey News]
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
It was a big night for Mike McKenna, who racked up his 218th win and now ranks among the AHL’s top 10 of all time.
Tonight’s game begins at 7pm CST in H-E-B Center, and it’s Pucks ’N Paws Night. Pick up a free T-Stars dog placemat and even bring your best friend with the purchase of a Pooch Pass. You can also donate supplies from the Texas Humane Heroes wish list to help homeless pets in the Austin area.
Do you have your tickets for you AND your pup this Saturday? We still have spots available!— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) February 22, 2018
In addition, The Texas Stars Foundation will be hosting a Pet Supply Drive benefiting Texas Humane Heroes.
Items needed : https://t.co/kaZcQPpsLC
Tickets ️: https://t.co/Lyt1T5Xb0h pic.twitter.com/44KJNjyMwD
Former teammates Jordan Eberle (CAN) and Leon Draisaitl (GER) posted a Twitter exchange for the ages after yesterday’s Olympic upset. Watch for Eberle’s 10-point reference to an old Berlitz commercial – and enjoy.