Have the Dallas Stars learned anything since they laid an egg in front of their legend? Sometime between Friday and Sunday, they found a way to wash off the stink they brought on Sergei Zubov Night.
The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf examined Sunday’s big win over the Boston Bruins in his latest article. One important takeaway from Sunday’s victory, he writes, is that the Stars are still capable of beating a quality opponent convincingly:
A win is a win, regardless of whom the team beats or how it gets there. But to say all games are created equal is naive. The Stars’ win over the Bruins doesn’t leave the same aftertaste as scraping by the Buffalo Sabres, just as the 3-1 loss in Tampa is not as demoralizing as the 5-3 loss to Montreal two weeks ago.
The last time the Stars beat a current playoff team by more than a goal was the final game before the holiday break when they beat the Minnesota Wild, 7-4. The last time before that was in November. Convincing wins over quality opponents have come few and far between lately for the Stars, which is why Sunday’s performance was important — to show they can still do it.
One key decision stood out to Saad – the one where the Victory Green Gang kept their foot on the gas instead of trying to protect a narrow lead:
The Stars have shown a tendency to ditch playing the style that got them a lead in the early periods and play passively in the final frame, in hopes of running out the clock. On Sunday, they didn’t do that.
The Stars came out of the gate in the first three minutes of the third period and almost looked like they were on the power play despite being at even strength because of how well they played in the Bruins’ zone. They maintained a strong level of play throughout, capped by Seguin scoring the sixth goal with less than 90 seconds left in the game.
There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Also, this would be an interesting way for the Stars to play going forward, just saying:
This morning, I started framing my question: "You guys had a couple of 5-4 wins, I know you said you want to win 2-1, 3-2..."— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) January 31, 2022
Rick Bowness interrupted: "No, we want to win 5-1. That'd be good."
Here’s how you want to remember Sergei Zubov Night. The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks and Smiley Pool brought the coverage in a big way. [SportsDayDFW]
And here’s where No. 56 will live forever.
Are you up to hearing more from the Stars’ owner? Matt has that, too.
Tom Gaglardi on midseason changes, the trade deadline, a defense-first playing style, making the playoffs, the coaching staff, management, frustration, patience, and inconsistency. https://t.co/BGmc5TuHGW— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) January 29, 2022
Around The Leagues
- Not satisfied with spoiling Henrik Lundqvist Night on Friday, the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on Sunday. [NHL]
- The Colorado Avalanche won their 18th straight at home, this time against the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1. [Mile High Hockey]
Believe it or not, there was actually another number retirement ceremony over the weekend. King Henrik was the entire show for the New York Rangers on Friday.
It’s been a rough several months for Carey Price. The next few weeks could determine whether he returns to the Montreal Canadiens’ crease this season.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price says his goal is to play NHL hockey this seasonhttps://t.co/ekKXqK8yyU— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) January 31, 2022
Ian Kennedy kicks off Black History Month early with a great post about the Black women who are changing the face of the game.
From @IanKennedyCK:— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) January 30, 2022
There's so many Black women making hockey history, from @nursey16, @SportBlake, @blackgirlHockey, @elindsay08 and more.
Here's a list of 20 names (and many honorable mentions) you need to know:https://t.co/PlI4lcVUug
Team Canada has suffered its first Olympic setback before the Games have even begun. Head coach Claude Julien is out after fracturing his ribs in a fall on ice.
Change behind the bench of Canada's men's #Olympic #icehockey team. Jeremy Colliton, who was most recently with the @NHLBlackhawks, steps in for injured head coach Claude Julien in #Beijing2022. @HockeyCanada @TeamCanada https://t.co/a7BdGNXEIb— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) January 31, 2022
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park – And Beautiful Boise
The Texas Stars saw their six game point streak come to an end tonight in a close 3-2 loss to Laval.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) January 30, 2022
The boys bring out the brooms to cap off Pink In The Rink weekend!— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) January 30, 2022
Check out the @Idaho_Central Postgame Highlights from tonight's scrappy win as we sweep the week's series with Kansas City! pic.twitter.com/KZDMgu7ru5
It seems appropriate to let the birthday boy and the Donut Man have the last word. Enjoy.