The Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers met tonight in a contest held at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While many fans probably wonder why the game was held there, it makes sense from a “grow the game” perspective for the Stars. After all, the Stars are the closest NHL team for most residents of Oklahoma, and the Tulsa area fallas within the Fox Sports Southwest broadcast footprint.
Because of weather, Defending Big D was unable to bring observations from the game live tonight. But thanks to the power of the internet, we can bring you the game from the perspective of those who were there. We present the game in six easy tweets.
1. Taking hockey watching back to the stone age.
Can I just say, I appreciate the struggle grandparents went through sitting by the radio for story hour entertainment. I’m glued to my phone for updates. Thank you @DallasStars for tonight’s Golden Age of preseason ❤️— JiaJo (@JiaJo3) September 23, 2018
One of the biggest themes of the night tonight was why the game was not being broadcast anywhere for either Stars or Panthers fans to watch. Considering the game was being hosted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a four hour drive away from Dallas, many fans were unable to make the drive to see the game. However, because the Stars have not televised any home preseason games and the Florida Panthers were the visiting team, no stream was available for those unable to make the game at BOK Center.
2. Your fun trivia fact of the night
Count me in the column of people that did not know that the musical act Hanson was from Tulsa. They opened the game by singing the national anthem and participating in the ceremonial puck drop. It’s also very weird when you realize that you used to have a crush on them growing up and now they look like normal everyday people. Isn’t it fun getting older?
3. Best play of the night goes to Devin Shore.
Three Panthers players between Shore and the net because of course that’s how he scores his first preseason goal. What a top shelf shot that was.
After a scoreless first period, Florida would get on the board first off a goal by Henrik Borgstrom. Less than 45 seconds later, Denis Gurianov would continue his strong showing during the preseason with the tying goal. Alexander Petrovic scored the second goal by Florida, and then Dallas would go on to take the lead 3-2 at the end of the middle frame off this goal by Shore and then one by Gemel Smith.
Dallas would not be able to hang onto the lead in the third period, as Derek MacKenzie tied the game up half-way through the third period.
4. That was a close call.
Alex Petrovic’s goal comes after time expires so Dallas and Florida are going into OT at 3-3 — Would have been his 2nd goal tonight for Florida— Barry Lewis (@BarryLewisTW) September 23, 2018
Saved by the Bell: NHL edition. The shot went in right after the game clock expired, forcing overtime for the Stars and Panthers tonight.
5. They’re still undefeated, technically speaking, right?
Stars fall in OT to Panthers, 4-3— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) September 23, 2018
Jacob MacDonald’s goal at 2:30 would give the Panthers the overtime win exactly half-way through the 3-on-3 overtime frame. Dallas is now 2-0-1 in the preseason with four more games to play.
6. Live hockey still remains a fun time for fans.
Just 11 days until the regular season opens at American Airlines Center.