The Dallas Stars were up, then down, then up again last night – but this time, they were the ones who couldn’t hold a lead in the end.
The Victory Green Gang took their first Round 2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche last night. That in itself could be considered an accomplishment, considering how heavily favored the Avs were coming into the series. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika is here with the postgame interviews that put it in context:
“Listen, there’s no chance we thought we were going to sweep this hockey club,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said of the second seed in the Western Conference. “That’s a very good team over there. We knew it was probably going to be a six- or seven-game series. We’re not going to dominate that hockey club, they’re too good, they’re too talented. There’s not much separating these two teams and the game tonight shows it. “
Meanwhile, the Stars have shown that they know how to win games like these, and Bowness vows they will do it again:
“Stuff happens in the game of hockey,” Bowness said. “That fourth goal of their’s, we have control of the puck and we fall down. They make a great play, that’s hockey. There’s things out there that we can’t control. They made a good play and they made us pay.”...
“We gave them a couple of goals in the second period, which is a little upsetting - a couple of easy goals. So we can fix that,” Bowness said. “If it takes six or seven games, that’s what it takes. We’ll respond. We responded when we were down 3-1, we’ve responded all year to challenges like we faced tonight, and I’m confident in that room in our leadership and character of our players, and their desire to win. And I’m very confident we’ll respond next game.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Sean Shapiro didn’t post a 20/20 last night. It appears no one was in the mood anyway.
Eight-minute media availability today for Seguin, Benn, and Dickinson after the game. All but two questions about the more important things going on in the world.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) August 27, 2020
He did have more important things to write about, including this.
Back in June the Stars committed, in their words, to “stand with those using their voice in peaceful protest, striving for equality and justice.”— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) August 27, 2020
Wednesday would have been a day to stand with those protesting. The Stars and the NHL didn't. https://t.co/cTSqlDgZUS
Meanwhile, the lady from The Ticket speaks for all of us.
The Avs scored 3 goals in 10 minutes. They’re stealing our bit and I’m not gonna stand for it— Julie Dobbs (@JulieAnnDobbs) August 27, 2020
Around the League(s)
Semyon Varlamov shut out the Philadelphia Flyers for 138 minutes and 17 seconds, then last night happened. The New York Islanders took their first Round 2 loss 4-3 in overtime.
"I just was looking for something a little bit different. Not his fault. We didn't give him enough support there. We can share the blame as a group and we have to refocus for tomorrow." -- Barry Trotz on Semyon Varlamovhttps://t.co/CYfIHeLMnf #Isles— Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) August 27, 2020
The Arizona Coyotes messed up in a big way, and now they have to pay for it. Here’s more on the scouting violations and what they will cost.
#Coyotes statement on #NHL sanctions: "Under new leadership, we have added thorough internal controls and compliance measures to prevent this type of occurrence from happening again in the future." https://t.co/84OT0Qs43j— Jeremy Cluff (@Jeremy_Cluff) August 26, 2020
Spoiler alert: Denis Gurianov is gonna get paid.
After not playing for almost five months, RFAs had a chance to leave lasting impressions with their playoff efforts. Which ones have done the most to up their price tags?— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 26, 2020
Here are @THNMattLarkin's top five:https://t.co/97FF0HInO5
The troublemakers always sit together. Enjoy.
Nice of y'all to join us on your off day, @DallasStars!#GoStars | #TogetherWe pic.twitter.com/501hWR66PB— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 26, 2020