One up, one down, two weeks in American Airlines Center. The Dallas Stars got their first road win against the Columbus Blue Jackets but fell short of the sweep they’d hoped for at mid-week. Now they look to eat at home against some tough opponents.
The Stars gave up goals early and didn’t win a race against time to pull even in last night’s loss. Netminder Anton Khudobin took the L – and took it especially hard, as Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika reports:
“I hate to lose, I hate to play like this,” Khudobin said. “I don’t know what happened, but it wasn’t my night. I felt pretty good, physically, mentally, but there’s something that wasn’t going my way.”
Asked how he felt about Khudobin’s comments, Bowness said: “We win together, we lose together. We lose, we all have to find a way to be better.”
Veteran forward Blake Comeau is taking the long view, but he can’t wait to get back to the Stars’ own
“If anyone asked us if we would be happy with a 5-2-1 start, we would have been happy with that,” Comeau said.
“We’re disappointed we’re not going home with a win tonight, but we get to go home and we get to play in front of our fans. It’s going to be a big homestand, an important one. You’ve got to take advantage when you’re playing at home. If we can have a good homestand, we’re going to set ourselves up in a good spot.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
As our own “Stargazing” co-host Wes Lawrencehas pointed out, Rick Bowness is really good at burning the tape when it’s needed.
Bowness: "We carried the play a lot of the game. You look at that first period we're carrying the play, the whole thing, we're down 2-0. That's hockey. You persevere. You get ready for the next one."@ATT | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/g77tuAXsyd— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 5, 2021
“The schedule is a sprint. Roster management is still a marathon.” Saad Yousuf looks for the why behind Ty Dellandrea’s healthy scratch.
Making sense of Ty Dellandrea’s absence, why it can be good for him & the Stars https://t.co/TfDLNaNdIT— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) February 5, 2021
Here’s a win you may not have expected...the NHL Network has a fever for the Blackout kit.
Around The Leagues
- Two Matt Duchene goals and five points from Filip Forsberg got the Nashville Predators the win in a 6-5 overtime thriller with the Florida Panthers. [On The Forecheck]
- Mattias Janmark scored his 50th career goal, on the power play yet, as the Chicago Blackhawks conquered the Carolina Hurricanes, 6-4. [Second City Hockey]
...Those two things and Jordie Benn throwing hands with Wayne Simmonds. That’s it. That’s all you need to know.
I genuinely feel bad for Benn on this one. He felt obliged to stick up for his defence partner and I get that but he seems to immediately realize he's just gotta hang on for dear life, which tbf is exactly what I'd do if I had to fight Wayne Simmonds https://t.co/gMicaSH0D2— Acting the Fulemin (@ATFulemin) February 5, 2021
While we’re working on new definitions of “uncomfortably close”...the NHL is “considering all of its options” as it works to crack down on COVID-19.
From @frank_seravalli: The National Hockey League announced four changes to its COVID-19 protocols on Thursday, but more may well be on the way as the league looks to flatten the curve - https://t.co/dY6PQjkarg#TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/J0kfarKGol— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) February 5, 2021
In case you missed it, here’s Mike Gartner praising Alex Ovechkin as the Great 8 takes his spot on the all-time goals list.
Oh, you’d rather have video of #709? Well, then.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Can it be possibly true...that we’re about to see some AHL action? Stephen Meserve previews the strange days ahead for the Texas Stars.
The Stars kick off Black History Month with a Twitter tribute to peak human Trevor Daley. Enjoy.