The Dallas Stars got the Starsing done early and often last night in Orange County. Marc Methot, Radek Faksa and Jamie Benn did their best to keep it close, but the team succumbed 5-3 to the Anaheim Ducks, who were playing for home-ice advantage in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.
As hard as it may be to believe, Team Disney is the only NHL franchise Tyler Seguin has never scored against. There’s a next-season storyline for you.
The game was worth watching for treats such as The Captain scoring off the rush in the third period:
Here was StarFox with the goal that started whittling away the Ducks’ three-tally advantage in the second:
And Methot got a measure of comfort for his injury-plagued season with his first goal of the year:
Plus Mike McKenna is still a hero, because he did this to Corey Perry.
For the record, The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika has an update on well-loved former Star “General” Patrick Eaves:
[Eaves] will not play again this season. Ducks coach Randy Carlisle made that announcement Thursday. Eaves has not played since Oct. 13 because of Gullain-Barre Syndrome, an auto-immune disorder that weakens muscle tissue. The winger scored 21 of his career-high 32 goals last season before the Stars traded him to Anaheim on Feb. 24, 2017 for a conditional second-round pick in that year’s draft.
Mike has more. [SportsDayDFW]
ICYMI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed fatalities (although they had not yet released a number) after a collision between a junior hockey team bus and a semi last night in Saskatchewan. The Stars sent a message of support to the Humboldt Broncos and their families. [CTV Saskatoon]
We send our deepest condolences to the @HumboldtBroncos organization and the families affected by this tragedy. The Stars and the entire hockey community are with you.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 7, 2018
A Go Fund Me account has been established for the players and families of those involved in the collision. Please donate, there will be a significant need for support. Funds for Humboldt Broncos https://t.co/GSXh2VaIGc— Top Shelf Prospects™ (@BeyondBench) April 7, 2018
Mike Heika reflects on the highs and lows of the Stars’ rollercoaster of a season.
The good, the bad and the ugly from the Dallas Stars' 2017-18 season https://t.co/zsSCurpbOJ pic.twitter.com/RkAuJPZKYQ— SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) April 6, 2018
A foxy fan left a nice message for McKenna, last night’s starting goalie.
Hey, @MikeMcKenna56, good luck tonight! #GoStars pic.twitter.com/stshmebCvd— Radek Foxsa (@radekfoxsa) April 7, 2018
And Scott Burnside posted his final Burnside Chat podcast of the season, featuring Methot and Craig Ludwig.
In our final episode of the Burnside Chats podcast, @taz3311 takes a look back at this season and @MarcMethot3 talks about what it's like being a new father.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 6, 2018
LISTEN: https://t.co/Xc5et7cvQm pic.twitter.com/kFmtiKaryD
Around the League(s)
- The St. Louis Blues got revenge for Wednesday, and a toehold on the second Western Conference wild-card slot, by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in United Center. Patrik Berglund put the team on his back, scoring a hat trick to seal the win. [NHL]
The Blackhawks, of course, are in the unaccustomed position of being dead last on the Central Division’s naturally cruel food chain. Maybe it’s because they’re so salty.
Truly. The "if we aren't making the playoffs, YOU WILL BE GOLFING WITH US" levels of vindictive hockey from the Blackhawks is probably low-key one of the best storylines from a lottery team in a while.— Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) April 5, 2018
The Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers appear to be heading for the maximum-mayhem scenario as the NHL creates a plan for a playoff tiebreaker game.
Will we see a play-in game for the #StanleyCup Playoffs? https://t.co/YKkmMU3czN— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 6, 2018
The Tampa Bay Lightning, taking no chances, have decided to rest injured captain Steven Stamkos for what’s left of the regular season. [NHL]
How’s this for a historical stat?
Not the fault of the player but since 2015, #GoBolts Steven Stamkos has played in a total of 1 April NHL game.— Dan Lucas (@WFLADan) April 6, 2018
John Tavares, possibly the NHL’s most watched (and wanted) impending UFA, talks about the New York Islanders, the postseason, and his upcoming career decisions.
Islanders’ John Tavares ponders a tough call — free agency or resign with only team he has known https://t.co/bvJcNe4qky pic.twitter.com/zBfT0LvrZA— Globe Sports (@Globe_Sports) April 6, 2018
Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden wrote his book on the life and death of Steve Montador for an audience of one. That one was NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and the message is clear: The league needs to punish every hit to the head, every time.
NHL Hall of Famer Ken Dryden explains his solution for making the game of hockey safer. https://t.co/xDsf6Z0Rjx— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) April 6, 2018
Junior Adam Gaudette has become the first Northeastern University Husky to win the Hobey Baker Award. The Vancouver Canucks prospect racked up 30 goals and 30 assists in 38 games during the 2017-18 season.
Adam Gaudette becomes Northeastern's first @HobeyBakerAward winner in school history!— Northeastern MHKY (@GoNUmhockey) April 6, 2018
: https://t.co/AwRvFUPki6#Ho8ey | #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/xhtA1tJFFx
Teenage center Jack Hughes is already gaining buzz as a likely first-overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. His brothers, Quinn and Luke, are projected to go in the first rounds of their drafts as well. America, this is your hockey fam now.
As Quinn gets set to play in the Frozen Four tonight and Jack ships off to Russia for U18 worlds, get to know the Hughes family, one of the most unique and talented hockey families you'll find. My first feature for ESPN The Magazine: https://t.co/wUt3HzlgjT— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) April 5, 2018
Also at ESPN: As Frozen Four fever rages this weekend, Greg Wyshynski ranks the NHL teams by their current former college players. [ESPN]
And Olly and Jacob unleash the uncensored dudeosity of On the Bench for the benefit of finalists Notre Dame and Minnesota Duluth.
Olly and Jacob have some pointers for @umdmenshockey and @ndhockey to step up their cellies when they play for the troph.#FrozenFour pic.twitter.com/dSrpm9x9Yf— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) April 6, 2018
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars lost the game but gained an important OT point. They fell to the Rockford IceHogs in the shootout, 3-2.
Stars Squeeze Point Out of 3-2 Shootout Loss to IceHogs https://t.co/KwJ9jexPH6 #txstars (via @ryanpennington) pic.twitter.com/ZEx2uWdbnz— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) April 7, 2018
Defender Gavin Bayreuther confirms that yes, the players constantly monitor the magic number, too.
STARS POSTGAME: Gavin Bayreuther discusses tonight's shootout loss to the Rockford IceHogs. pic.twitter.com/Li3oWtfL08— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) April 7, 2018
Elsewhere, there was a big win for Ringo, the T-Stars’ ringtail mascot – he’s the new champion of the AHL’s #MascotMadness competition.
The votes are in, and your 2018 #MascotMadness champion is... Ringo from the @TexasStars! pic.twitter.com/mosKejioRi— AHL (@TheAHL) April 6, 2018
Everything’s cooler with theme music, and the last home goal and assist for Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are no different. Possibly the only legit use left for a Titanic reference in 2018. Enjoy.
DANIEL SEDIN'S LAST GOAL AT HOME WAS COOL, BUT IT'S EVEN COOLER WITH TITANIC MUSIC! @Canucks #ThankYouSedins! pic.twitter.com/IXWMOXMqQ0— Comets Army - X (@CometsArmy) April 6, 2018