The Dallas Stars are on a three-game losing streak, but at least they’re collecting points again. After two regulation losses and blowing another third-period lead, the Victory Green gang picked up a point in a shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild.
The Stars failed The Process in every metric, writes Sean Shapiro. Maybe they’re just out of practice at three-on-three OT, too. As Shapiro points out, they didn’t really do that much to keep the game from moving on to the skills contest:
The Stars only had one shot in overtime and it came with 32.4 seconds remaining. Minnesota only had three shots during the sudden-death session, but the Wild had the majority of the possession and actually looked like a team interested in winning the extra point.
Minnesota nearly won the game at the buzzer in overtime, but Bishop made the glove save to force the shootout.
But head coach Jim Montgomery was positive enough about the team’s performance overall:
“I liked every part of our game,” Montgomery said. “I liked our D-zone. I liked our breakouts. I liked our neutral zone forecheck except for maybe five minutes at the beginning of the third (period). I thought we transitioned pucks really well in (the) neutral zone. I thought we were skating well. It’s the best we’ve skated in a while, since that Vegas game. And it was nice to see us respond after, we thought, what wasn’t our best effort last game. We regrouped right away and came back with a real good effort. I thought Bish was really good in net. I thought both special teams were good. You’ve gotta give them credit. They scored a couple nice power-play goals.”
Montgomery isn’t usually long-winded in his answers. So the strength of his words and how much time he was willing to dedicate to the positives from this game are pretty telling — the coach was happy with the Stars’ work in the game, even if it ended in a loss.
There’s more behind the paywall – including a thought about that towel hitting the ice during overtime. [The Athletic DFW]
Here’s Monty’s post-game presser for your perusal:
Meanwhile, Stephen Johns has been cleared to practice for the first time since post-traumatic headaches began keeping him out of the lineup.
Julius Honka will not play in the NHL this season, and he appears to be fine with that.
As NHL signing deadline nears, Julius Honka maintains positive outlook in Finland— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) November 28, 2019
“Good things come when you work hard and trust yourself. I know I will be back there if I work hard. Then I’ll be ready.” https://t.co/423kTOOluz
Around The League(s)
It was an otherwise quiet night in #MurderDeathKill, so let’s get to the other headlines:
The New Jersey Devils appear to be in rebuild mode, more or less officially. Taylor Hall is still an elite player, who may be worth more in assets to a team about to blow itself up.
If and when he's dealt, I would expect the deal to have a conditional nature to it so that if he re-signs with his new club there will be additional asset(s)... Either way, this isn't necessarily a deal _ if it happens _ that must wait until the Feb. 24 deadline....— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 30, 2019
Dobber takes a look at the fantasy market for P.K. Subban and weighs in on Honka and Jesse Puljujarvi hitting the career reset button.
It’s become pretty clear that Bill Peters’ firing from the Calgary Flames is about a pattern of behavior and not a single regrettable incident.
Ron Francis said a group of Hurricanes players and staff members told him of alleged physical incidents involving two players and Peters https://t.co/1p1xJtxJKq— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) December 1, 2019
And the issues it has raised still resound too loudly in society at large.
It's a six-letter word that shows how another human being can lack humanity while simultaneously ripping yours away.— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) November 29, 2019
That's what it means to use the N-word and that is exactly why Bill Peters no longer has a job. https://t.co/22MJPe6PFS
In case you’re looking for reasons to feel good about the hockey community, maybe this will help.