The Dallas Stars are in a great place at the moment, and there is literally no way they’d be there without truly elite goaltending.
But Ben Bishop isn’t counting his Vezina Trophy votes yet – even if others may like to do it for him. Mark Stepneski focused on the Stars’ starter during his latest post:
“Ben Bishop has done everything we could ask of him,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said after the team picture was taken Friday at American Airlines Center.
”He’s stopped pucks, he’s steered pucks to corners when he can, swallow up the rebounds like he is so good at, and breaking pucks out. Most importantly, I think the team in front of him has been really sound as well. You combine those two things, us playing really well without the puck and him playing at the top of his game, and you give up one goal in three games.”
Bishop and fellow backstop Anton Khudobin have stolen games left and right this season, keeping the Stars in the playoffs hunt while the team offense has been finding itself. But Bishop is quick to credit the team’s improvement in front of the net:
“I think Monty does a good job of preparing us defensively. We don’t really give up too many odd-man rushes,” Bishop said. “We do a good job of keeping guys in front of us. We don’t give up too many of those, and the guys do a good job of blocking out, there aren’t too many rebound goals and second and third chances.
”When you limit the odd-man rush and clean up the front of your net, you are usually successful.”
Mark has more, including practice updates. [Stars Inside Edge]
Interesting: The Stars have a chance to win five in a row and beat the Chicago Blackhawks at the same time. What could be better?
Also interesting: Bish is back in NHL.com’s Fantasy Top 50.
Mike Heika reminds Stars Twitter that great players make great plays.
Y'know, if you go back and watch recent goals from John Klingberg and Alexander Radulov and Jamie Benn (and even Mats Zuccarello), they are special plays by special players. The Stars need that right now (and really, all year).https://t.co/GdqRoV89lk— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) March 8, 2019
The Stars posted a video from Picture Day.
Today was team picture day, and Monty takes a minute to recognize the outstanding effort from Bishop and the team in front of him for shutting down opponents on a nightly basis. pic.twitter.com/XHszOAHlBN— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 8, 2019
And the Victory Green gang celebrated International Women’s Day with their own pioneering executive, Alana Matthews.
"If I can have any impact in women coming into the sports world and taking their seat at the table, then I am extremely proud of that." -Alana Matthews, EVP of Business Operations and General Counsel #InternationalWomensDay https://t.co/GTrk8DVEFr— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 9, 2019
Around The League(s)
- Aleksander Barkov went H.A.M., recording a five-point night as the Florida Panthers trounced the Minnesota Wild, 6-2. [Litter Box Cats]
- Is this a playoffs preview? The Winnipeg Jets got eight goals from six players and took the #MDK lead as they annihilated the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-1. [Canes Country]
Unfortunate news: Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog will be out for the rest of the regular season after Thursday’s game in Dallas.
According to the Avalanche, Gabriel Landeskog will miss four to six weeks after this collision with Ben Bishop last night. pic.twitter.com/KpCjpz39o9— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) March 8, 2019
Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury. There are about four weeks left in the regular season. Colorado is four points out of a playoff spot. Landeskog has 33 goals and 69 points, both career highs. This is brutal news for the Avalanche.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) March 8, 2019
In the No News Department, the Tampa Bay Lightning are now the first team to punch their postseason ticket.
There is some brilliant hockey hair growing wild in flyover country.
And there’s a new name entering the generational-prospect hunt, as 15-year-old forward Shane Wright is granted exceptional-player status.
Shane Wright joins the elite (and short) list of players admitted early entry into the CHL draft https://t.co/tQDAuP4fc6— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) March 9, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars remind you to enjoy hockey with good boys and girls tomorrow night.
Sportswriter Dan Jenkins passed away on Thursday at age 90. The Semi-Tough and Dead Solid Perfect author enjoyed a reputation stellar and encompassing and often controversial enough to earn him a New York Times obituary. But he was a Texan through and through – with especially strong ties to his native Fort Worth, where he made his bones covering the TCU Horned Frogs. Rest in peace, sir.