If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that in this world nothing is certain except death, taxes, and the Dallas Stars getting scored on first.
Sure, it took a little bit longer than usual in last night’s 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, but it was still the ninth consecutive game that the Stars let in the first goal.
“I think we need to be good right away,” said defenseman Miro Heiskanen. “We weren’t good in first period, so we’ve got to be ready right away when the game starts. That’s the reason why we lost today.”
This is a problem that stretches back several years over the span of multiple head coaches. The Stars have often talked about how they’re going to fix it, but they’re well aware that they’ve so far failed to walk the walk:
“We’ve been talking about this for a while that we would be playing a team that won a playoff round and was basically playoff ready,” Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said. “You can talk about it all you want, but we weren’t on our toes consistently enough early, and they were. That team is a very confident team right now, and we were a half a step behind early, and it cost us.”
You can read more from Mike Heika here.
Here’s more from the gang, starting with Bowness’ post game presser:
Here’s Heiskanen again, along with Andrej Sekera:
And here’s Corey Perry and Anton Khudobin:
Sean Shapiro offers his own thoughts from last night’s loss:
Stars 20/20: Third goal once again a fatal blow for Stars as they lose Game 1https://t.co/ZjHwovnmhs— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) August 12, 2020
Around the League
There’s almost no chance you don’t know this already, but last night’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets went into five overtimes. Brayden Point showed us all mercy by ending it for Tampa Bay:
Lightning Round: Tampa Bay takes Game One and today’s NHL viewing schedule https://t.co/b7Vur0XrLO— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) August 12, 2020
Imagine trying to explain this tweet to the January version of yourself. https://t.co/WPhR6S1eeh— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) August 12, 2020
Need a new playoff team to cheer for once the Stars get swept by Calgary? Down Goes Brown has got you covered:
This postseason has been fun so far, but don’t expect any changes to carry over into next year:
Finally, let’s take a moment to everyone working hard behind the scenes to make the NHL bubble work, starting with the equipment managers: