After spending a week away from the rink, the Dallas Stars are gearing up again. But if you thought head coach Jim Montgomery was going to “ease them back in,” well:
Montgomery laughed when he evaluated the physical state of his players, many of whom escaped to beaches, golf courses, or brotherhood in a form that didn’t include much skating.
”That was a hard practice today, and our guys kept pushing,” Montgomery said. “Some of the guys needed to be pushed, because some of the guys enjoyed their break a little more than I would have liked to have seen.”
The Stars have been up-and-down so far this season, and Montgomery is prepared to take the team to the next level:
“I did a reflection on … how to gain consistency, that’s the biggest challenge facing us. There’s a couple of things I think we can do in practice and a couple of things we can do in games that I saw in games where we played effectively,” he said. “We’re not going to get away from what we are, and that’s being a good sound defensive team. We’ve got to create by working hard defensively. Good defense is going to create offense.”
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Miro Heiskanen was at the All Star Game this weekend and, as you can clearly see, was unable to contain his excitement afterwards:
In the end, it was an unforgettable experience for Heiskanen. For better or for worse:
Could a team race be in the cards anytime soon?
Denis Gurianov had a time of 13.703 seconds in AHL’s fastest skater. Finished fourth. Miro Heiskanen had a time of 13.914 in NHL skills comp and took fourth. I now demand we see them race in practice.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 28, 2019
That being said, Denis Gurianov hasn’t been recalled (yet). Connor Carrick on the other hand...
The Dallas Stars have recalled defenseman Connor Carrick from Texas (AHL).— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) January 27, 2019
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Heiskanen and the rest of the Central Division beat the Pacific, but ultimately fell short to the Metropolitan:
Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan break down the best and worst of the weekend: [ESPN]
Sidney Crosby won the MVP, but that’s not the only new hardware he wants to take home this season:
(ICYMI) All-Star Game MVP Sidney Crosby really, really wants to add a Selke Trophy to his mantle and he just might do it. My blog. https://t.co/kOnZiAPYZM— Ken Campbell (@THNKenCampbell) January 27, 2019
Finally, Erik Karlsson is one of the few stars staying in San Jose after this weekend. But will he still be there in the foreseeable future?