So here we are on Groundhog Day, asking the same questions over and over again.
Did the Dallas Stars learn nothing from Sunday’s big win over the contending Boston Bruins? Now they have to enter the All-Star break carrying the welts of a regulation loss to a Western Conference competitor.
The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks took a look at last night’s blown opportunity with the Calgary Flames and found some positives to go with that one resounding negative. In the process, he posted what may be the quote of the year:
“I think we got what we deserved,” Stars forward Jason Robertson said. “We stepped off the gas pedal, they took it to us. … It’s really hard. This is one of those games where you piss it away. Going into this break, definitely it’s going to be on our minds. We’ve got to learn from it.”
The team took two steps forward and three steps back during the game, which is liable to happen when you employ the strategy of protecting your lead in the third period, yet again. And yet there were seeds of improvement:
“It wasn’t just the last six minutes, it started a lot earlier than that,” [head coach Rick] Bowness said. “I thought we were lucky to be up 3-1, myself. It just carried over the entire third period, everything we did so well against Boston in terms of managing the puck and getting above and crowding them, we did the exact opposite tonight. We let them come at us in waves. We kept turning the puck over at the wrong time. We beat ourselves tonight.”
But the penalty kill continued its rebound, the top line neutralized another one of the league’s best units, and the Stars received the scoring depth that it’s been missing for most of the year.
Matt has more, including reports from the AHL and news on some of the Stars’ hottest prospects. [SportsDayDFW]
It was a theme, apparently.
3-1 mid-3rd period lead to 4-3 regulation loss.— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) February 2, 2022
"I think we got what we deserved. Stepped off the gas pedal 7 they took it to us." — Jason Robertson
"I think we kind of got what we deserved. We kind of stopped playing." — Joel Hanley
"We beat ourselves tonight." — Rick Bowness
Last night happened in spite of Robo’s best efforts. Here’s a close look at one of those.
Around The Leagues
In On The #Kill Taker
- At least the Winnipeg Jets helped maintain the status quo by dropping one to the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- Juuse Saros earned his 100th W as the Nashville Predators took down the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2. [On The Forecheck]
- And the Arizona Coyotes snapped the Colorado Avalanche’s home winning streak with a 3-2 victory in the shootout. [Five For Howling]
It seems weird that an NHL player can now become an “ambassador” for a sports book, but that’s where we are, and Auston Matthews is leading the charge.
32 Thoughts written version, thank you for reading https://t.co/sb8uhF1diJ— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 2, 2022
The biggest series of the year may not be the Stanley Cup Final. The ongoing battle between USA and Canada women’s hockey should be a barnburner in Beijing.
Canada and the United States are once again expected to do battle for Olympic supremacy in Beijing for women's hockeyhttps://t.co/9Jxjgg5zYr— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) February 2, 2022
There’s another big honor for Willie O’Ree on the horizon.
Meanwhile, former Star Gemel Smith has made some history of his own.
To mark the start of Black History Month, we are celebrating Mathieu Joseph, Gemel Smith & Daniel Walcott, who formed what is believed to be first all-Black line in @NHL history last May with the @TBLightning.— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) February 1, 2022
Their sticks were donated to the Hall & will be on display soon! pic.twitter.com/5VRn2an1WJ
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park – And Beautiful Boise
The Texas Stars say goodbye to Tye Felhaber and get ready to welcome Alexey Lipanov.
The @DallasStars have acquired forward Alexey Lipanov from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Tye Felhaber.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) February 1, 2022
It may be a minute before their new forward can join the team on the ice, though.
Lipanov is expected to arrive tonight in Austin but may not be in the lineup on Friday. Lipanov is a Russian national, and #txstars next game is in Canada. Visas and things like that still need to be sorted.— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) February 1, 2022
Elsewhere, the Idaho Steelheads would like you to meet yet another up-and-comer.
Three-straight multi-point games, and the rookie sensation is back atop the rookie scoring race— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) January 31, 2022
With 59% of your votes, @LucBrown7 is this week's @westernhvac Hot Performer of the Homestand! #FeelTheSteel pic.twitter.com/JgWXXvj4Yw
Tyler Seguin just turned 30, and yet he still does stuff like this. May it continue.