The Dallas Stars just respect the Colorado Avalanche too much, apparently. Yes, the same team that sent Nathan MacKinnon home with that look on his face in 2020 was frozen by the sheer quality of their Central Division rivals on Sunday.
But can they turn up the pressure on Tuesday in Denver? That’s the question, writes Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika:
Colorado was far from dominant Sunday in a 4-0 victory, but it never seemed in trouble. It took a 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back
That was a disappointing outcome on the surface but was even more upsetting when you consider the Stars didn’t have the playoff intensity that was expected.
The absence of a consummate power-play quarterback, the injured John Klingberg, didn’t help matters during Sunday’s matinee. But the Stars have plenty of guys who can step up, and it’s increasingly important that they do, Heika writes:
...Colorado is really good. The Avalanche is one of the best offensive teams in the league and also played great team defense on Sunday, so this is a huge challenge. But it’s a challenge the team will have to meet if it wants to have success this season.
“You’ve got to think you’re going to be seeing this team at some point if you’re going to go on a run,” [Joe] Pavelski said. “It’s a good team, and we’ve had success against them at times. If we have to see them in the playoffs, we’ll have to do the job.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Matthew DeFranks reminds you that the Avs are actually a really, really good team.
Well, you heard it here.
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The rest of the Central Division took Sunday night off, probably so they could watch the Super Bowl. Let’s cut to the rest of the headlines....
BREAKING: AZ Board of Regents has approved capital development plan for ASU's multi-purpose arena that includes Coyotes' added team areas at NE corner.— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) February 10, 2022
ASU will be Coyotes' temporary home for at least 3 seasons (approved for more) as they await word on proposed Tempe arena. pic.twitter.com/WU7KyT1K8u
Crazy last 48 hours. 32 Thoughts, written version: https://t.co/Myvmr3udHU— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 11, 2022
Claude Julien is back behind the bench for Team Canada in Beijing.
UPDATE | Claude Julien will reassume head coaching duties for ’s Men’s Olympic Team following today’s game against Germany.— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) February 10, 2022
Jeremy Colliton will resume his role as an assistant coach.#TeamCanada | #Beijing2022 pic.twitter.com/pzhOg1xBvE
The women of Team Canada have punched their ticket to the gold-medal final. They’ll play the winner of today’s USA-Finland matchup.
Canada has earned its shot at Olympic women's hockey redemption.— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) February 14, 2022
They secured their place in the gold-medal game on Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET.https://t.co/g0neSwXoch
And yeah, Jaromir Jagr told you so.
"When you're 30 and saying you're going to play until 50, some other people are laughing because they don't really know, And I KNEW it."@NHLdotcom Exclusive on the indefatigable Jaromir Jagr, who will fulfill his own prophecy when he turns 50 Tuesday:https://t.co/Q6C0nT3Hl7— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) February 14, 2022
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars saw a second period lead disappear in a 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals Saturday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) February 13, 2022
They lost the first half of the weekend Friday night, despite scoring two power-play goals.
A whole lotta power play goals, @Sprance_11 extends his point-streak and a messy 2nd frame; all part of @TexasStars 4-2 loss to @mkeadmirals Fri nite.— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) February 12, 2022
Get the complete details from @MichaelOwenTSD over at @100degreehockey#txstars #TEXvsMIL #TexasHockeyhttps://t.co/dzJPT9jkkz pic.twitter.com/e2gOPkeIlm
Sunday night was Luke Glendening’s 600th NHL game. Raise your glass.