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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Break St. Louis Losing Streak With 3-1 Win Over Blues

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Bishop, Seguin and special teams shine...but that third period still needs work. Plus, Tomas Sholl makes the ECHL All-Stars, major-juniors TDL action, and more.

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The Dallas Stars took only 17 shots, but two from Tyler Seguin went in. That was the story of a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues that marked the Stars’ first regular-season win in the Gateway City since February 2015.

John Klingberg added a power-play tally of his own as the special teams heated up, writes Mark Stepneski:

“The power play is something we thought we needed to take to a new level,” said Seguin. “We’re growing with it every game, getting better every game. We want to keep that up.”

“We’re building on something there,” said Klingberg. “We can do some stuff better, too, but I think we are finding each other right now and building confidence on special teams.”

Ben Bishop was rock-solid in net, but head coach Jim Montgomery called out the other Stars’ third-period performance as the Blues tried to make it a game:

“In the first period, the two penalties got us on our heels, but I thought the last ten minutes of the first was pretty good for us. Second period was good. The power play came through. And the third period wasn’t good enough,” Montgomery said.

This was the second time in less than a week Montgomery was unhappy with his team’s play in the third period. On Friday, they were outshot 14-2 in the third by Washington in a 1-1 game, but the Stars pulled out two points by winning in overtime.

Mark has more. [Stars Inside Edge]


Stars Stuff

Monty likes wins as much as the next guy, but he’s still looking for the Stars to show up on the regular during the third period.

Mike Heika’s postgame column echoes that need for consistency. [Dallas Stars]

Have you hugged your Esa Lindell shirsey lately? His 27:05 TOI led the entire team last night – and then there was this.

Around The League(s)

#Death Notes

Jason Spezza wasn’t the only good Canadian boy who lost a World Juniors bet. Artturi Lehkonen has collected on a side wager with Shea Weber.

Carey Price is taking a health break from the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, but Andrei Vasilevskiy is the sort of “well, of course” replacement to balance it out.

The major-junior trade deadline arrives on Thursday, and young stars are getting dealt with a quickness, writes Ryan Kennedy.

Did an up-and-coming linesman lose a prestigious opportunity because she’s a woman? Alberta Hockey may have some explaining to do in the Cassandra Gregory case.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park (And Beautiful Boise)

The Texas Stars and Idaho Steelheads have made some roster swaps, with forwards James Phelan and Brad McClure heading for Cedar Park.

And in more All-Star news, Steel goalie Tomas Sholl is headed for the ECHL Classic.

Finally

That P.K. Subban. Still a great guy. But why is this sort of thing still happening in a major U.S. city (which, for the record, was Detroit and not Nashville)?