The Dallas Stars came home from the Windy City with literally nothing to show for Game 81 – including a locked-in first wild-card spot. Did their apparent psychotic break against the Chicago Blackhawks happen because they forgot who they were? Stars senior staff write Mike Heika examined the case, and what he found explains a lot, I don’t care who you are.
Head coach Jim Montgomery suggests that the game got away because the Stars were trying to be too clever:
“I didn’t like the way we played,” [Montgomery] said. “I thought we were sloppy. We tried to play a skilled game, which is not our game. That kind of game, that’s not our style of hockey.”
The notorious grinder John Klingberg seems to agree:
“We were trying to do too much that was not in our game and that hurt us with a lot of odd-man rushes and miscommunication,” said [Klingberg], who was a minus-3. “It’s not a lack of effort. I’ve been dealing with that with my own game, trying to do too much, and I think you see a lot of that today. You’re maybe trying to get yourself going, and it hurts the team.”
Heika expects more line shuffling for tonight’s finale against the Minnesota Wild. Will it make a difference?
“I don’t think it should affect us,” Montgomery said of the shuffling. “Everybody has played a lot of games for us, and everybody knows how we want to play.
”We chose not to.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
fell asleep missed last night’s Unfortunate Event, Mark Stepneski has the gory details.
5 things to know: Stars fall to Chicago, can't lock down top wild cardhttps://t.co/qnXekr90h8— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) April 6, 2019
The Stars will make some changes for tonight’s finale at home, and one will be in net.
Jim Montgomery expects Ben Bishop to play tomorrow vs. Minnesota.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) April 6, 2019
Elsewhere, Miro Heiskanen was a big winner in the NHL Fantasy category.
#FantasyHockey top 250 for 2019-20— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) April 5, 2019
-#LGRW Larkin enters first 50 of rankings
-#GoAvsGo Grubauer, #TakeWarning Mrazek emerge as starters
-#GoStars Heiskanen among 25 best D-men
Expanded list for next season via @NHLFantasy: https://t.co/VsqaLW9NFX
Around The League(s)
Outside of The Central-on-Central Incident (of which we will no longer speak), the #Murder went quiet last night. So let’s get to the rest of the story:
But there are still a bunch of final games to play, and many of them aren’t entirely meaningless.
All 16 Stanley Cup Playoff spots have been claimed, but there is plenty of jockeying for positioning left for the final day of the NHL regular season. @Jkreiser7713 gets you caught up. https://t.co/iUwL6SLmsX— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) April 6, 2019
Meanwhile, at the Women’s World Championships, a classic rematch is on the card.
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic gold medal game between Canada and USA is counted among the top women's ice hockey games in history. We spoke with players from both teams as they get set for a rematch at the #WomensWorlds in Espoo. Story: https://t.co/K4fcFNlf9q pic.twitter.com/hlIkAZBc9v— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) April 6, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The newbie get it done for the #txstars to take a 2-1 win over Rockford #RFDvsTEX— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) April 6, 2019
Ty Dellandrea notches his first pro goal as the game winner and Jake Oettinger makes 23 saves for back-to-back wins.
Read: https://t.co/J9iqkEbSni pic.twitter.com/jGnBq7cv5I
Courtesy of Sean Shapiro, here’s a good look at Dellandrea’s game-winner.
Here is Ty Dellandrea's first pro goal that gave the Texas Stars a 2-1 win. Nice shot, losing his balance only made celebration better. pic.twitter.com/iekuSgbRof— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 6, 2019
Today is the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that transfixed the hockey community. Wayne Gretzky will narrate a new E:60 documentary on the Humboldt Broncos, to air Sunday
night on ESPN and ESPNews. Set your DVR.