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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Ben Bishop’s Benchings

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The Stars’ netminder has been on fire recently, yet he’s been pulled twice in his last five starts. Plus, Hall of Fame inductions were yesterday, what happens at the annual GM meetings, and more.

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Ben Bishop has been one of the best goalies in the NHL this season, ranking near the top in terms of save percentage. Yet the Dallas Stars netminder has been pulled in two of his last five starts, though head coach Jim Montgomery says it’s nothing to worry about:

“Sometimes, it’s you’re trying to change the momentum of the game, like the Minnesota game,” Montgomery said. “Bish has been great for us. His three previous games were incredible. Didn’t want to make a change, but felt that was the right thing to do for the team. Ultimately, that’s the decisions we make: what’s best for the Dallas Stars. Spoke with Bish, and Bish is happy the team won and Bish is starting [Tuesday] night. He’s our guy.”

For what it’s worth, the Stars ended up winning both games where Bishop was pulled. The goalie himself feels that they still would have won had he stayed in, but he has no issue with the decisions:

“Obviously, the coach has the authority to do what he did and we won the game, so that’s really all that matters,” Bishop said. “At the end of the day, we’ve got two goalies that can play. If Monty feels like that was the right decision, if we win the game, can’t disagree with him.”

You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.


Stars Stories

Like Bishop, Denis Gurianov has been one of the Stars’ best players recently. Now get to know him a bit more off the ice:

Hall of Fame inductions were last night — here’s Sergei Zubov getting his plaque from an old friend:

And here’s Guy Carbonneau receiving his as well:

Speaking of Carbonneau, did you know Jim Montgomery was traded for him once upon a time?


Around the League

Now that Guy Carbonneau is in the Hall of Fame, can we expect to see Jere Lehtinen in there shortly?

At this point you kind of hope Kyle Okposo hangs the skates up, right?

I hate this because it’s kind of true:

Finally, ever wonder what happens at the annual General Manager meetings? Wonder no more: