With just a little more than a month of hockey left in the NHL regular season, every point counts. That’s something the Dallas Stars kept in mind as they took on the Los Angeles Kings, the worst team in the west, in a game that should have probably been an easy win:
“Everyone in this locker room is aware of where we’re at in the standings,” forward Blake Comeau said. “Everyone’s keeping tabs on what other teams are doing, but I think the most important part is that we take care of our own business.
Of course “probably” doesn’t always mean it happens. The Stars actually had to claw back from a 3-2 deficit heading into the third to pull out an overtime win in Los Angeles. But as they say, a win is a win, and the Stars delivered:
“I never talk about results,” Montgomery said. “Everybody knows the standings, everybody knows where we are and how important winning tonight meant. The players put that onus on themselves.”
You can read more in Matthew DeFranks’ piece here.
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Here is Jim Montgomery’s post game interview from the game:
The Stars got the extra point tonight because of Hintz, but Monty credits Faksa, Comeau and Janmark for getting the team to that point. pic.twitter.com/Y6czOLqGV7— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 1, 2019
And here’s something to kill the mood a little:
Reality vs expectation— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) March 1, 2019
The Dallas Stars: The NHL's most average club. pic.twitter.com/koGP8E62Ty
No other Central team played last night. In fact, the only Western bubble team that played (and won) besides Dallas was the Arizona Coyotes, which means the Stars are back in a playoff spot (for now):
Gonna be a fun race to the finish pic.twitter.com/jgG6o9aOF2— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 1, 2019
Around the League:
Big news today is that the Ottawa Senators have finally fired head coach Guy Boucher, and his replacement might seem a little familiar:
News Release: Marc Crawford named interim head coach of rebuilding Ottawa Senators: https://t.co/E1T1p8oMV6— Sens Communications (@Media_Sens) March 1, 2019
Least surprising part of this poll: NHL players don’t want to play for Edmonton Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock:
We asked nearly 200 NHL players their thoughts on the game.— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) March 1, 2019
The takeaways? Sidney Crosby is still the best and players like to party in Vegas: https://t.co/Zwlx75W4OA
John Tavares made his homecoming when the Toronto Maple Leafs traveled to play the New York Islanders last night. He had quite the warm reception:
Islanders fans: Still unhappy at John Tavares pic.twitter.com/8GbZ4q6Apz— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 1, 2019
The Islanders ended up pummeling the Maple Leafs 6-1, so call it even?
For this column, I interviewed a @NYIslanders fan who was wearing a John Tavares jersey without any desecration or defacement. A guy there, with his sons, to cheer on Public Enemy No. 1. https://t.co/OCXe0eTOBO— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 1, 2019
Hindsight is 20/20, but remember how the Stars could have drafted Alex DeBrincat?
The Blackhawks' high-scoring duo of Kane and DeBrincat is on pace to accomplish something the NHL hasn't seen in nearly 20 years. @THNJaredClinton on the rare feat and why Chicago's snipers could end up in an even more exclusive group:https://t.co/KgBeo6xphw— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 1, 2019
Finally, if you thought Peter Chiarelli was bad at trades...
Which GM can make the best starting roster from players they’ve traded away? @DownGoesBrown presents the Chiarelli Cup: https://t.co/miExGhVgW4— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) February 27, 2019