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]
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)
- The Minnesota Wild ended a four-game road trip with a dispiriting 4-0 shutout by the Boston Bruins. [Hockey Wilderness]
- And in more Central-on-Central violence, the Winnipeg Jets won another high-scoring outing, this time with a 7-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. [Mile High Hockey]
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.
The 23-year-old says she was told, "this was all happening because I'm [she's] a female." https://t.co/nUrsOzg7lJ— CBC Sports (@cbcsports) January 8, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park (And Beautiful Boise)
The #txstars have brought back James Phelan from Idaho along with winger Brad McClure. In addition, Spencer Naas has returned to the Steelheads.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) January 7, 2019
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And in more All-Star news, Steel goalie Tomas Sholl is headed for the ECHL Classic.
NEWS: Goaltender Tomas Sholl has been selected to represent the Steelheads at the 2019 @CCMHockey/@ECHL All-Star Classic on January 21 in Toledo, Ohio.— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) January 7, 2019
DETAILS: https://t.co/p4uFglGZHv | #FeelTheSteel pic.twitter.com/hDN8oFsQ1g
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)?