The Dallas Stars went backward again last night, turning in their worst performance of the season in a lopsided loss to a divisional rival.
Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika loves his pop-culture analogies. Stranger Things was on his mind as the Stars continued another deep dive into the Upside Down:
Tuesday was everything this team doesn’t want to be. They were disorganized, individualistic and maybe even a little scared. They flopped and floundered and basically chased the Winnipeg Jets around the ice in a 5-1 loss at Bell MTS Place. It was a horror show, and that’s saying something when you consider some of the games during the 1-7-1 opening slump.
“That was our worst game of the year. We never responded throughout the game,” said Stars coach Jim Montgomery. “I thought the Jets were ready to go. I thought they were really good, and they were better than us in every facet of the game.”
Aside from some exceptional netminding by Anton Khudobin, the Stars failed their identity all the way around, as none other than Corey Perry noted:
“I just don’t think we were ready to play,” he added. “We were slow executing, we were slow moving the puck. If you play slow in this league, teams jump all over you. Our game is playing quick and jumping on other teams and making them chase us. We didn’t have that tonight.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Are we all Tyler Seguin this morning? I think we might be.
Monty is ready for the team to put this streak in the rear view mirror, too.
"The great thing about sports is that you get to redeem yourself the next time you're out. It's not how hard you fall; it's how quickly you get up."— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) December 4, 2019
Monty is already looking ahead and gearing up for Thursday's rematch with the Jets.#GoStars | @DallasStars pic.twitter.com/WxGUYuVPa5
In the spirit of what the Stars need to do next, here’s a video of Victor E. Green wrecking stuff.
Around The League(s)
In On The #Kill Taker
- Kaapo Kahkonen won the battle of the rookie goalies as the Minnesota Wild beat the Florida Panthers 4-2. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Nikita Kucherov was the 3-on-3 hero as the Nashville Predators dropped a 3-2 OT decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning. [On The Forecheck]
The New Jersey Devils, struggling with bad results and a disappointing roster, have cut the cord with head coach John Hynes.
Alex Burrows is willing to stick up for Marc Crawford, who’s facing some reckoning of his own.
"I can't speak for anyone else, but for me, my personal experience with Crow, is really good." - Former Canucks forward Alex Burrows https://t.co/KL1XtPtu0L— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) December 4, 2019
Meanwhile, could something good possibly come out of the Bill Peters Incident?
"There's some big change coming."— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 4, 2019
Former NHL player Akim Aliu met with commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday just days after Aliu's allegation of racist language led to the resignation of Flames coach Bill Peters https://t.co/UTg8TAg4az
Beneath the Detroit Red Wings’ wrong kind of record-breaking, there may be signs of a turnaround waiting to happen.
The Red Wings on-pace numbers? Bad. Like, worst-of-this-era bad.— Jared Clinton (@THNJaredClinton) December 4, 2019
More on that and how, despite that, you can see some silver linings if you look close enough:https://t.co/mUHhiDox6k
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Jake Oettinger played hero in goal as the T-Stars got even in a big way for Sunday’s OT loss.
Photo bombs, crazy saves, and how Justin Dowling’s mother missed his first NHL goal all take an encore in the latest edition of “Weird NHL.” Enjoy.