The 3-2 OT victory broke a four-game losing streak and saw the team return to the best version of itself in three-on-three play. But it also showed their resilience, writes Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika:
...[The] Stars regained their confidence, their poise and their pride by answering their worst game of the year (a 5-1 loss in Winnipeg Tuesday) with a gritty performance just two days later.
”I thought we played with really good emotion throughout the entire game,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “I thought it was important that we responded, and we did respond. I really liked the way we came out and went after them.”
It’s also potentially a good omen for the Victory Green gang as they try to gain ground on their Central Division rivals:
This was a big-time test for the Stars. They were starting to fumble during games against Chicago, St. Louis and Minnesota, and then they were absolutely embarrassed by the Jets on the road.
So you really kinda wondered what they would do at home with their pedigree challenged and their own fans ready to be the ultimate judge of whether they were working hard enough. We have heard boos here before this season, so a half-hearted performance was not going to be accepted.
It didn’t have to be.
There’s always more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Joe Pavelski got it done, as he is liable to do.
Want to watch that game-winner again? Of course you do.
Now, how do they keep doing that? Sean Shapiro has done the sums.
Seizing the moment: What can we learn from the Stars’ best offensive chances this season? https://t.co/gva2GagO4z— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 5, 2019
Also, enjoy this timely reminder about Denis Gurianov.
D- Demonstrate Value— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 6, 2019
E- Engage Physically
N- Neglect goalie
I- Inspire Hope
Here’s what the Dirty Central looks like after last night’s #Murder spree.
Five Central Division teams picked up points tonight, and Minnesota is currently in the other wild card spot with Dallas. pic.twitter.com/viyEoziNjP— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) December 6, 2019
Around The League(s)
- Jonathan Toews won OT as the Chicago Blackhawks ended the Boston Bruins’ eight-game winning streak, 4-3. [Second City Hockey]
- Gabriel Landeskog and Andre Burakovsky are back at work, and the Colorado Avalanche celebrated with a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. [Mile High Hockey]
- And the Minnesota Wild racked up three goals in less than three minutes on their way to a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Hockey Wilderness]
Nathan MacKinnon wants to win a Stanley Cup with the Avs, and he’s willing to make a few sacrifices to do it.
Nathan MacKinnon said he would take less money in his next contract to help the Colorado Avalanche in their effort to win the Stanley Cup. https://t.co/odoEceiwOD— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) December 6, 2019
Which of these, if any? Discuss.
5 STARS, but you can only pick one. ⭐️— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) December 5, 2019
Who’s it gonna be? pic.twitter.com/KztWydcWWe
Former Star Philippe Desrosiers has put up some jaw-dropping numbers for the Springfield Thunderbirds.
The Calgary Flames are getting a new arena, and the taxpayers’ share of the cost has increased – even as other troubling questions dog the process.
It's no longer hypothetical. Calgary taxpayers have bought themselves a new NHL arena https://t.co/V8qVg0RNSw— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) December 6, 2019
The latest update on Mark Pavelich is difficult news for longtime fans, and another loud siren about the longterm effects of TBI.
A Minnesota judge has ordered that 'Miracle on Ice' player Mark Pavelich should be committed to a secure treatment facility, saying the hockey star is mentally ill and dangeroushttps://t.co/vMZvOEsdCY— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) December 5, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Baby Yoda meme belongs among the Stars. Enjoy.