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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Get An “F” For Effort In 3-1 Preseason Loss To Blues

Jim Montgomery says he “can’t accept” the compete level against St. Louis. Plus, goalie equipment shrinks again, catching up with Karlsson, and more.

NHL: Preseason-St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars
Landon Bow had a great evening. Unfortunately, he didn’t manage to score from the net.
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The Dallas Stars had some ice-cold water poured on their preseason in Enterprise Center last night. The team stumbled out of the gate and never really recovered, dropping a 3-1 contest to bitter Central Division rivals the St. Louis Blues.

Head coach Jim Montgomery didn’t mince words, writes senior staff writer Mike Heika:

“We talk about being good with effort and execution, and if you have no effort, it doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish or what your game plan is, you’re not going to be able to execute,” Montgomery said. “That was our poorest performance of the preseason, and we just have to get better. We can’t accept having that kind of effort.”


“We weren’t very good this morning at the morning skate, and it carried over,” Montgomery said. “If it wasn’t for Landon Bow, it would have been a bad, bad loss.”

Bow stopped 23 of 25 shots and kept the team in the game until the third period, when goal assassin Vladimir Tarasenko won empty-net roulette to put the game away for the Blues.

“It’s different traveling the same day and playing a game, but that’s shouldn’t be an excuse,” said Stars defenseman John Klingberg. “I think every game it’s been getting better. Maybe a setback today. We’ve got some stuff to work on, but it could be good to break it down on video and talk about it. So I think no panic at all.”

Mike has more. [Dallas Stars]

Stars Stories

Bow has to be happy about his chances not only to start in Cedar Park, but to be the first NHL call-up in goal. [Dallas Stars]

Will young talent enhance a run-and-gun game plan, or will lack of experience hobble the Stars as they try to make the playoffs? It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

Around the League(s)

The #MurderDeathKill Division was relatively quiet last night, but the Central-on-Central violence continued as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Minnesota Wild 4-3. [Mile High Hockey]

Erik Karlsson picked up a point and led TOI in his first preseason game with the San Jose Sharks. Greg Wyshynski caught up with him in California.

Preseason injuries mean major overhauls to fantasy rosters, too.

Can Miro Heiskanen outperform expectations for the 2019 Calder Trophy? [NHL]

Goalie equipment keeps evolving. Will it boost scoring, or just increase the chance of injury?

Bob McKenzie’s podcast is back from summer break.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Stars’ string of big net performances continues: Philippe Desrosiers earned a 28-save shutout as the Texas Stars took down the San Antonio Rampage to open the preseason.

Dillon Heatherington and Reece Scarlett are expected to begin a new season in Cedar Park tonight as the T-Stars/Rampage preseason continues.


After all these years, former Star Patrik Stefan may finally get to pass on the Cheese Touch. ...Enjoy?