Stop me if you’ve heard this before — the Dallas Stars had penalty troubles last night.
A lack of discipline has been a running theme this postseason, and it was no different in their Game 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Stars gave the Lightning three power play opportunities in the first period, two of which led to goals against:
“That’s where we lost the game today. We don’t want to take penalties,” Mattias Janmark said. “We have taken way too many throughout the playoffs, but when we get them, we’ve just got to go out and kill them. We didn’t manage to do that today, and I think that’s where they won the game. We’ve got to do a better job there.”
The Stars responded with a strong second period and looked good to start the third, but all progress came to a halt after Janmark scored the second goal. Despite still trailing by one, the Stars failed to do much of anything on offense:
“I think we felt good about our game, but obviously we need to shoot the puck to score goals,” [John] Klingberg said. “We probably need to put more pucks to the net as well, but yeah, it’s too soon for me to say. I need to see that on video but you got to shoot the puck to score goals.”
You can read more from Sean Shapiro’s 20/20 here.
Here’s Rick Bowness on where his team fell short last night:
"You can't be doing what we did in the last half of that first period. It's very simple to explain."— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) September 22, 2020
Rick Bowness discussed the excessive penalties in the first period, the @DallasStars retaliation in the final 40 minutes, and getting ready for Game 3 ⬇️#GoStars | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/9pNz6L8Qpy
Here’s Klingberg and Joe Pavelski...
"We wanted to come out, win the second period, and get it to a two-goal game. We had a lot of belief on our side."— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) September 22, 2020
Joe Pavelski and John Klingberg talked about the @DallasStars comeback efforts and rebounding for Game 3 ⬇️#GoStars | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/rodIRRfi8u
...and here’s Janmark and Roope Hintz:
"We for sure wanted a bigger push there in the end because we crawled our way back."— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) September 22, 2020
Mattias Janmark and Roope Hintz discuss the @DallasStars loss in Game 2 ⬇️#GoStars | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/jg3OYf5cUL
If the Stars have officially awoken the beast that is Nikita Kucherov, they might be in trouble:
After a rough Game 1 and first part of Game 2, Nikita Kucherov proved why he is one of the NHL's elite talents. If he keeps this up, the Lightning's chances of winning the Cup increase exponentially.@THNKenCampbell has more:https://t.co/6NgxF94xsW— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) September 22, 2020
Around the League
Outside of Game 2, the biggest news from lasts night were the NHL Awards. Here are the cliff notes:
- Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitil took home both the Hart Trophy for most valuable player and Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player, making him the first German to win either.
- Meanwhile Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi took home the first Norris Trophy for best defenseman win of his eight year career.
- Here’s yet another first: Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets won the Vezina Trophy for best goaltender.
- And finally, the Calder Trophy — an award that has to go to a first-timer — was awarded to Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche as the NHL’s best rookie.
Here’s the NHL First All-Star team:
Presenting the 2019-20 NHL First All-Star Team.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 21, 2020
All six members are receiving “First Team” honors for the first time in their career. The only other time that happened was 1930-31, the first year of NHL All-Star Team selections. #NHLAwards#NHLStats: https://t.co/XoIfqGYOhJ pic.twitter.com/YigHKHtxk7
On the subject of awards, why do voters tend to stick with forwards for the Hart but not the Conn Smythe Trophy? Down Goes Brown offers his five cents:
I tried to figure out the answer to a question that's been bugging me for a while: How come goalies and defenseman win the Conn Smythe fairly often, but almost never win the Hart? https://t.co/v98nvEGfCj pic.twitter.com/XWtnDpEaKZ— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) September 21, 2020
Moving on, here is a wild look at life inside the NHL Bubble:
Nine NHL players anonymously tell ESPN everything about living inside the playoff bubbles. What they liked. What they hated. Sex, drugs and the “prison yard.” This is awesome: https://t.co/M6fmrGQBjH— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 22, 2020
The NHL Draft is officially two weeks away, if you can believe it. Get yourself reacquainted with the top prospects heading in:
We may still be in the midst of the Stanley Cup Final, but the draft is quickly approaching.— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) September 21, 2020
With a date now set for the 2020 NHL Draft, @scottcwheeler provides an updated ranking of the top 100 prospects ⤵️https://t.co/UNnCZsrlwK
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