Let’s cut to the chase — Anton Khudobin is great. Whether it’s on the ice or off it, he is a valuable asset to the Dallas Stars, one that isn’t easily replaceable:
“There’s a loose side to him and there’s an incredibly competitive side to him,” Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said. “The loose side is great around the guys and at practice and in the locker room, and then when the puck drops that is one competitive guy. So the guys feed off him both ways.”
Dallas will begin their series against the Calgary Flames with three games in four nights. With Ben Bishop battling some injury woes, the Stars will likely turn to Khudobin for at least one if not more of those games. Most teams would feel uneasy about starting their backup in a playoff series, but not the Stars:
“You know he’s going to show up and he’s going to battle every inch of the way,” Bowness said. “We know what we’re going to get when we put Dobby in the net. He’s very competitive, he’s very consistent, and he’s going to give you everything he’s got.”
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The Stars might have finally won a game yesterday, but don’t let out too big of a sigh of relief:
#GoStars (finally) won a game, but that victory provides no sense of relief. Only urgency. | @MDeFranks https://t.co/iVwGIK3N4V— SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) August 10, 2020
Here are some more somber words from Sean Shapiro on a slightly different topic:
The Stars need Benn and Seguin to flip a switch. But what if that switch isn’t even there anymore? https://t.co/h1emceVE5a— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) August 10, 2020
Alright, enough of the sad stuff — here are some highlights from last night’s win.
Ain't no Monday like a Monday #GoStars pic.twitter.com/HgOSBGjpUV— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) August 10, 2020
Around the League
Please bring out your smallest violin for the Boston Bruins, who (like the St. Louis Blues) fell to the fourth seed thanks to a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals:
Capitals vs Bruins Recap: Caps Hold onto 2-1 Victory and Bump Boston to Fourth Seed https://t.co/p84f1pfETc— Japers' Rink (@JapersRink) August 9, 2020
Also feel free to poke and laugh at the Toronto Maple Leafs, who lost 3-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the only play-in series to go to five games:
Game 5 Recap: Foudy shines, Korpi locks it down in cinematic series finale win over Maple Leafs https://t.co/ePCih4sdpC pic.twitter.com/Dsj0uNjrNn— The Cannon (@cbjcannon) August 10, 2020
Of course, you might stop laughing when you realize that Toronto might win the NHL Draft Lottery tonight...
Lafreniere Lottery: EDM, FLA, MIN, NASH, NYR, PIT, TOR, WIN— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 10, 2020
Not sure who to root for to win the lottery? Down Goes Brown has got you covered:
New post: The NHL draft lottery power rankings, part two. Embrace the chaos. https://t.co/HgnEwHpFd6 pic.twitter.com/dVKAdHlV0n— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) August 10, 2020
Speaking of lottery teams, the Florida Panthers are moving on from general manager Dale Tallon:
#FlaPanthers Announce Search for Franchise's Next General Manager.— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) August 10, 2020
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Finally, the first round of the playoffs is finally set. Staff picks coming soon to a sports blog near you:
Let the games begin!— #StanleyCup Playoffs on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 10, 2020
The bracket for the 2020 #StanleyCup Playoffs is set.
*Teams re-seeded after each round pic.twitter.com/gEyVnjnHUU