Man that was a great game last night, wasn’t it? The old style jerseys, the complete and utter beatdown of the Minnesota Wild: just about everything went great for the Dallas Stars. I bet it would have really sucked to get a text message about the game after it was over and realize you completely forgot about it, huh? Probably couldn’t even call a person like that a true Stars fan.
...Why yes, I definitely watched the game last night. Why do you ask?
Here are some of the post game interviews:
"We'll be fifth or sixth in the league tomorrow in goals against, and that's incredible because at one time we were at 26th." #GoStars pic.twitter.com/CCuvuN4uAd— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 4, 2018
"We've got two starters and we don't have a backup. That's their mentality, that's our mentality, whichever one is in, we know they're going to get the job done for us." pic.twitter.com/fRxTLgiKrY— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 4, 2018
Seguin gives his thoughts on the top line's performance tonight and how he feels about the 1993 jerseys used during warm ups. pic.twitter.com/foEEs9JqFM— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 4, 2018
You can read other postgame quotes over at Mark’s place. [Between the Blue Lines]
Here’s a trio of quotes from the Wild that are pretty funny:
Everyone has an opinion: pic.twitter.com/CVlZhDQGx9— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) February 4, 2018
Don’t jinx it, but Kari Lehtonen has been on fire lately:
The Big Finn is feeling it right now. In his last two starts, Kari Lehtonen has stopped 47 of 49 shots with a .956 SV%. #GoStars pic.twitter.com/EYMDiba5cw— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 4, 2018
Of course he’s not the only Star dominating:
Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov, Tyler Seguin or John Klingberg, who factored in on four of six @DallasStars goals, have been involved in 108 out of 162 goals, excluding shootouts, this season (66%). #NHLStats #MINvsDAL pic.twitter.com/ru5Q7xhZ09— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 4, 2018
Meanwhile in Cedar Park...
Guess who got a hat-trick last night for Texas?
Here is a look at Gurianov's first— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) February 4, 2018
AHL hat-trick!#SAvsTEX #txstars pic.twitter.com/0CvJV3oi0g
Guess it was just a good night to be wearing a Stars jersey: the Texas Stars also dismantled a rival, beating the San Antonio Rampage 5-1. [100 Degree Hockey]
You might have missed it yesterday, but Dallas made a trade yesterday that will probably only affect Texas:
The Stars have acquired defenseman Andrew O'Brien from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Mark McNeill. O'Brien will report to the @TexasStars. https://t.co/mNJ4wOCavD— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 3, 2018
Around the League
The good news is that the Stars won! The bad news is about half the Central did too:
- The Nashville Predators had a strong win of their own, beating the New York Rangersr 5-2. [On the Forecheck]
- The St. Louis Blues meanwhile won without as much fanfare, edging out the Buffalo Sabres in a 1-0 thriller. [Die by the Blade]
- There was another shutout as well: the Winnipeg Jets won 3-0 against the MacKinnon-less Colorado Avalanche. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- Finally, the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames had to take it to overtime to decide things: the Flames won 4-3 just a minute in. [Second City Hockey]
The latest “overturned goal” victim? Sidney Crosby, and it was kind of going to be an important one:
Latest goalie interference casualty: Crosby’s 400th goal https://t.co/kWDfLoPMfG— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) February 4, 2018
Even Don Cherry thinks they need to fix goaltending interference calls, and it’s kind of scary to think that I’m agreeing with Don Cherry on something. [Sportsnet]
Can’t wait for the end of season awards? Like to gamble on sports odds? Either way, check this out:
What are the odds? The betting favorites and long shots for the Stanley Cup and #NHL awards. @SamMcCaig22 files: https://t.co/oUWQPr9sZW pic.twitter.com/SkdgApCmZs— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 3, 2018
Take a close look at those Art Ross odds for me, would you? Because you might notice a certain Pittsburgh Penguin there, and it’s not who you would think. [NBC Sports]
Finally, as the trade deadline approaches and teams have to decide on what to do, let’s turn the clock back on a kind of trade the Dallas Stars are familiar with: rentals for 1st round draft picks.
What is a first-round pick worth at the NHL trade deadline? @JonathanWillis takes a look.https://t.co/ZBuDQ8u9rc pic.twitter.com/gBLov0ohbP— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 3, 2018