Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika starts his recap of an eventful win with head coach Jim Montgomery’s own summary of a game in which – dare we say it? – everything seemed to go right:
“I thought that might have been our best, most complete effort -- definitely our best road game of the year,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “Everybody contributed, everybody excelled at their roles. We could have had a lot of goals tonight, but we just kept playing. Even in the third when they kept coming after us, I thought our poise in the D-zone was great.”
The Jamie Benn - Dowling - Tyler Seguin line raised eyebrows on paper, but Montgomery was happy with the results:
“That line was really good for us,” Montgomery said. “I thought Seggy and Jamie had great looks from really dangerous scoring areas, they kept possessing pucks.”
The trio finished with nine shots on goal, and helped drive possession in the second period. Seguin and Benn then were used as penalty killers in the third period and helped keep Calgary at bay. It was a game where every line, every player was paying attention to details, getting sticks in the lane, blocking shots, taking the body.
And Dowling now has a family story to repeat every holiday:
“I didn’t realize my mom was in the beer line when I scored my goal, so she didn’t even see it,” Dowling said with a laugh after the game. “That’s why we’ve got TV and highlights. She’ll see it eventually.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Sean Shapiro hits the high points in his latest 20/20...
Stars 20/20: Justin Dowling scores the biggest goal of his life while his mom was getting a beer https://t.co/5lWr17J1yr— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 14, 2019
...and brings this late-breaking update from the family:
Sherry Dowling wanted to clarify that she wasn’t in line for beer, just getting served one in her seat. More from Dowling family coming tonight in 20/20— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 14, 2019
Meanwhile, Joe Pavelski’s two goals were not nothing.
Around The League(s)
#Kill Your Darlings
- The Chicago Blackhawks got their scoring act together in their first-ever victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, 5-3. [Second City Hockey]
Just a reminder that the Colorado Avalanche are a nightmare waiting to happen, and presumptive Calder Trophy favorite Cale Makar is one of their scariest beasts.
Sidney Crosby made news on Veterans Day, in the good way.
A TRUE ROLE MODEL: Pittsburgh #Penguins captain Sidney Crosby gave the car he won as part of his NHL All-Star Game MVP honors to a veteran as a salute to service this Veteran’s Day weekend. https://t.co/LuQdOXTplY #LetsGoPens #Veterans #VeteransDay pic.twitter.com/AGGiiTc95w— KDKA (@KDKA) November 8, 2019
Now he might make news again, with a surgery that will keep him out for at least a month.
Sidney Crosby delayed sports hernia surgery coming out of training camp because Penguins had so many injuries. He’s now considering it. Read the details here. #Pens | @TheAthleticPGH https://t.co/foAu2SR45M— Rob Rossi (@Real_RobRossi) November 13, 2019
Mem’ries...of the mess we left behind....
@DallasStars Howdy, we loved being in the wild card chaos squad with y’all— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) November 13, 2019
Speaking of drama, Ron McLean would probably like to avoid creating more as he prepares for a Saturday night without Don Cherry.
Bobby Lu is back, and that’s good news for everyone, especially the Florida Panthers.
Luongo-esque, or the most Luongo-esque? Discuss.
.@strombone1 on retirement: "There are just so many naps you can take during the day before you’ve reached your limit.”— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) November 14, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
But no one was more excited about Dowls’ first NHL goal.
Please excuse us as we play this on repeat forever https://t.co/vkToBKGYvv— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) November 14, 2019
As a classic Simpsons episode marks its silver anniversary, Sports illustrated celebrates with a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of “Lisa On Ice.” Enjoy.
Director Bob Anderson took his crew ice-skating. Writer Mike Scully based Lisa on Billy Smith (see the animatic below). An unaired gag featured Bart getting body-checked so hard that he turned into Charlie Brown.— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) November 12, 2019
Relive "Lisa on Ice," 25 years later:https://t.co/XVgsoTa6nL pic.twitter.com/EKsBzfIQn9