Dallas Stars Daily Links: Another Slow Start

One day, in the far off future, the Stars will finally score first. Plus, interviews from after last night’s loss, appreciation for NHL equipment managers, and more.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that in this world nothing is certain except death, taxes, and the Dallas Stars getting scored on first.

Sure, it took a little bit longer than usual in last night’s 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, but it was still the ninth consecutive game that the Stars let in the first goal.

“I think we need to be good right away,” said defenseman Miro Heiskanen. “We weren’t good in first period, so we’ve got to be ready right away when the game starts. That’s the reason why we lost today.”

This is a problem that stretches back several years over the span of multiple head coaches. The Stars have often talked about how they’re going to fix it, but they’re well aware that they’ve so far failed to walk the walk:

“We’ve been talking about this for a while that we would be playing a team that won a playoff round and was basically playoff ready,” Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said. “You can talk about it all you want, but we weren’t on our toes consistently enough early, and they were. That team is a very confident team right now, and we were a half a step behind early, and it cost us.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.

Stars Stories

Here’s more from the gang, starting with Bowness’ post game presser:

Here’s Heiskanen again, along with Andrej Sekera:

And here’s Corey Perry and Anton Khudobin:

Sean Shapiro offers his own thoughts from last night’s loss:

Around the League

There’s almost no chance you don’t know this already, but last night’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets went into five overtimes. Brayden Point showed us all mercy by ending it for Tampa Bay:

It went on so long that the NHL actually postponed the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes game, which is set to begin *checks clock* now:

At least we got a third hockey game to watch, as the Vegas Golden Knights took the Chicago Blackhawks to the cleaners, winning 4-1:

Need a new playoff team to cheer for once the Stars get swept by Calgary? Down Goes Brown has got you covered:

This postseason has been fun so far, but don’t expect any changes to carry over into next year:

Finally, let’s take a moment to everyone working hard behind the scenes to make the NHL bubble work, starting with the equipment managers: