Happy Saturday, folks! I’m going to keep it short and sweet for your Saturday pleasure:
The Stars couldn’t get much going through the first two periods last night, but they turned it on in the third again. The power play was 2-2, which was mildly surprising, given the state of the Stars’ powerplay and the Anaheim Ducks’ penalty kill as of late. Kari Lehtonen was extremely solid yet again, and the boys in victory green pulled off another late comeback. Onward and upward it seems.
Ryan Getzlaf scored the only goal of the first period, sniping a late one blocker-side high on Kari Lehtonen:
The second period went scoreless. Then Devin Shore tied things up in the third after what should have been drawing a penalty to put the Stars on the job:
A few minutes later, Jamie Benn tipped in John Klinberg’s shot in what proved to be the game-winning goal. Quite the deft deflection:
Dallas didn’t look great for the whole game, but in fairness they were dealing with some injuries and lineup shuffling. It’s crunch time now, so here’s to the next two weeks on the road.
I’m sure by now you’ve all heard the Martin Hanzal news. Here’s a little bit more info:
Asked if this is potentially career-ending Jim Nill said the surgery should address the issue. "As long as surgery goes well and we’re anticipating it will, no problem," Nill said. "But it is a major surgery so we’ll wait and see."— Scott Burnside (@OvertimeScottB) March 9, 2018
By the time you all read this, the results will have been made clear, so I hope I’m not horribly wrong, but I actually like Hitch’s thinking on this one. Benn’s game and energy has seemed like it could use a spark lately, and these guys can definitely provide it:
Interesting comment from Ken Hitchcock on putting Jamie Benn with Radek Faksa and Tyler Pitlick: "Faksa and Pitlick have been very productive players on both ends of the rink, and we’re hoping that they help Jamie be productive also...— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) March 9, 2018
Tyler Pitlick has 13 goals this year, all at even-strength.— Robert Tiffin (@RobertTiffin) March 9, 2018
Jason Spezza and Brett Ritchie have combined for 12 goals in all situations.
I don’t think anyone around these parts will be complaining about Radek Faksa getting more play:
With Hanzal done for the season, second-line spotlight officially shifts to Faksa https://t.co/wNvtqoDSxD— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 9, 2018
Glad to see Rich Peverley making an impact off the ice. I remember how absolutely terrifying that night was four years ago:
Four years ago, Rich Peverley nearly died during a game. The Stars' Player Development Coordinator now works in the front office and hopes to also make an impact off the ice.— The Athletic (@TheAthleticDFW) March 9, 2018
These next two weeks on the road are very important:
Throwback Saturday to these dashing gents:
I know Henrik Lundvquist is awesome, but I have to think that there is some major East Coast bias coming from a couple of these writers:
Here’s Greg Wyshynski’s NHL Weekly Reader:
My Friday column the Weekly Reader has dropped on https://t.co/tGOuwbpn4L! Inside:— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 9, 2018
- 10 NHL players who have leveled up this season.
- Trouble with the NHL in China?
- Calling on a NWHL and CWHL merger
- Jersey Fouls and Puck Headlines!https://t.co/7X6zCCWKXC
Down Goes Brown’s weekly grab bag explains that the developments in Seattle are probably bad news for Quebec’s hopes of a new team:
Friday Grab Bag: The NHLPA survey, Seattle's impact on Quebec City, and we cut through the Canucks negativity by finding a nice man who thinks they're great. https://t.co/0xQf589b3i pic.twitter.com/wEwOIbSxXf— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) March 9, 2018
The Hockey News’ Jared Clinton thinks that John Tavares may not be long for New York (at least as an Islander):
Get your highlights here:
I agree that there is no way any of these will ever be broken:
Anyone looking for a job as an NHL GM? The Hurricanes politely invite you to roll on over to this website to submit your application: