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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Lament Missed Opportunities In “Plain Vanilla” Loss To Jets

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The Victory Green gang reflects on a meh game that still left room for optimism. Plus, Calder Trophy tracking, a World Juniors thriller, and more.

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The score didn’t reflect the effort. That seems to be the consensus, from both the Dallas Stars and those who cover them, about Sunday’s 5-1 road loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Did the team take something they can work with from a pretty meh loss to a really good team?

Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News examined the Stars’ defeat, as well as the “upbeat” response that may have seemed a little odd out of context. He found that the Victory Green gang may have reason for a little optimism:

They did not play horribly, and the four-goal differential was not indicative of their performance. At 5-on-5, Winnipeg had two more shot attempts while the Stars had two more shots on goal. Scoring chances and high-danger scoring chances were about even. A Josh Morrissey empty-net goal and a Bryan Little power-play goal in the waning minutes inflated the score. The Dallas power play scored for the fifth consecutive game.

But they lacked finish and mustered only four shots in the third period. Ben Bishop was beaten on a wraparound goal by defenseman Tyler Myers at the end of the second period. (“Second one, he makes a pretty good play,” Bishop said. “Maybe would like to have that one back.”)

And a failed clearance from captain Jamie Benn resulted in a Kyle Connor goal that built a two-goal lead for Winnipeg. The initial shot was blocked, and Bishop said he didn’t find the puck until the last second. (“You come out in the third and don’t execute on a little, simple play, and it’s in the back of your net,” Benn said. “That’s unacceptable by myself, and it’s tough to win on the road when you don’t do the little things.”)

Yet the Captain echoed head coach Jim Montgomery’s downbeat post-win comments about sitting back:

“I think we start feeling pretty good about ourselves, and it’s something we can definitely work on,” Benn said. “You never can get too comfortable in this league because the standings are so tight and there are so many good teams. You’ve just got to take it one game at a time, regroup and look forward to the next one.”

There’s more under the DMN paywall. [SportsDayDFW]


Stars Stuff

In more Matt content, he caught up with Mattias Janmark and finds that improvement the Stars are looking for.

Monty liked the compete level, but not the result in yesterday’s loss.

But Tyler Seguin made sure he won this ongoing competition with Mark Scheifele:

Segs also racked up his 300th NHL assist with his point on Alexander Radulov’s goal, so he has that going for him....

Around The League(s)

It was a pretty quiet Sunday in the #MDK, but the Chicago Blackhawks did put together a road win just in time to end the Pittsburgh Penguins’ eight-game streak, 5-3. [Second City Hockey]

The Stars aren’t the only Central team that needs better from forwards who aren’t on the top line. Nathan Kanter examines the struggles of the Colorado Avalanche.

Elias Pettersson could be back from a sprained knee within two weeks.

The Vancouver Canucks rookie is a clear favorite in the latest Calder Trophy tracking poll, despite the fact that Miro Heiskanen exists. If you can imagine. [NHL]

The 2019 World Junior Championships men’s tournament ended with a thriller. Finland beat Team USA 3-2 in the final minutes.

But the silver-medal result was a great sign for the national program.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars earned points for the eighth straight game, but the Manitoba Moose ended their win streak in a shootout, 3-2.

Nicholas Caamano got bumped up to the top line, and it paid off with a great goal on a Manitoba block.

Finally

It could always be worse. You could have a penalty shot called back because the arena lights flashed at the wrong moment. What do you think?