All hail Alexander Radulov. Long live the king!
Hats off for @RADUL22! pic.twitter.com/ZmxMYU7qeY— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) March 8, 2019
Fresh off a healthy scratch due to oversleeping, Dallas Stars forward Radulov made it up to his teammates by posting his first career hat trick in last night’s 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
I’m still giddy with excitement over the game, so let’s just cut straight to the highlights, shall we? Here’s numero uno:
.@RADUL22 opens the scoring for @DallasStars. pic.twitter.com/4rjzSptm1j— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) March 8, 2019
And if you thought that was pretty, wait till you see the second:
What. A. Beaut. #GoStars pic.twitter.com/nl6DhXtkzA— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 8, 2019
We interrupt this Radulov love fest to bring you an important goal from Jamie Benn:
The Captain couldn't let Rads have all the fun. #GoStars pic.twitter.com/TTMI0g29Hg— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 8, 2019
And finally, the icing on the cake:
Here’s what Radulov had to say about his stellar performance:
"It doesn't matter who gets the credit, the whole team battled and it's a huge two points for us."— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 8, 2019
Radulov credits his teammates for their effort in the huge win over Colorado. #GoStars pic.twitter.com/utuAPQRxcU
More From Last Night
Here’s head coach Jim Montgomery’s post-game interview. Make sure you stick around for the final question...
Monty thought this was one of the most complete games the @DallasStars have played all season!#GoStars pic.twitter.com/Fe4CCncYwN— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) March 8, 2019
Overshadowed by Radulov’s performance was Ben Bishop, who posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time in his career. All aboard the #Bishop4Vezina hype train!
"He has come up with those ten-bell, top-drawer saves over and over and over again." - @OwenNewkirk— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) March 8, 2019
Is @Benbishop30 a Vezina contender? #NHLNow pic.twitter.com/eVV40aqFox
Wild, Wild West
Boy, that sure was a great win for Dallas in terms of the Western Conference playoff race. I sure do hope none of the other bubble teams pulled out a win last night. And even if they did, at least it probably wasn’t a shutout:
- The Arizona Coyotes continue to make their late playoff push, as they upset the conference-leading Calgary Flames 2-0. [Matchsticks & Gasoline]
- Elsewhere, the Minnesota Wild downed the best team in the East (and NHL in general), beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0. [Hockey Wilderness]
- And lastly, the St. Louis Blues beat down the worst in West, the Los Angels Kings, in a 4-0 victory. [Jewels From The Crown]
...I’m starting to think last night wasn’t so special.
(Note: St. Louis is still up three points on Dallas for third in the Central.)
Around the League
Guys, I love Matt Duchene. But the Stars shouldn’t pursue him in UFA this summer, because he’s definitely cursed:
Blue Jackets’ offense shut down again in big loss to Penguins https://t.co/zOdZNWon03— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 8, 2019
Here’s a great piece on Ryan O’Reilly and his success with the Blues since being traded by the Buffalo Sabres:
Landing Ryan O'Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres didn't come cheap, but the St. Louis Blues' decision to spend big to nab the top-line center looks better by the day, writes @THNJaredClintonhttps://t.co/xAoW27wYRt— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 8, 2019
You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?!?
With the legalization of sports wagering in the U.S., more people are betting on hockey than ever before. Here's a look at the best and worst bets, and the big trends, for the NHL this season. https://t.co/pdPTNM6Uxf— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 7, 2019
Finally, the trade deadline has long since passed, but that doesn’t mean that NHL General Managers aren’t still busy:
GMs’ offseason priorities: Blackhawks looking to spend, Sabres looking to deal, Rangers a wild card and more, from @CraigCustance: https://t.co/7qNZzr8RlQ— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) March 8, 2019