Dallas Stars Daily Links: A Rough First Period
Although “rough” might be underselling it. Plus, some national media praise for the Stars, looking ahead to the 2020-21 season, and more.
Last night’s Dallas Stars game was bad. Or at least, more specifically, the first period was downright awful.
Seeing his first action in nine games, Ben Bishop was torn apart early and often. But don’t expect the Stars to blame their goalie for the loss:
“It looked like it was unfair what was going on in front of him,” Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said. “When you let guys just go to the net like that, I don’t know what you expect your goalie to do. Did he look fine? Yeah, he was moving. He looked sharp. Again, some of those goals, we just let guys walk in and tap it in.”
The Stars still have two more chances to eliminate the Colorado Avalanche, but they can’t afford to have such a sloppy opening yet again. The Stars need to come better prepared, and that starts with the coaching staff:
“We weren’t ready to play,” Bowness said. “We weren’t ready to compete. Point your fingers at me and then work your way down. Nobody was ready. To defend against that team, it takes hard work... We got outworked, we got outhustled. It starts with being ready to play. We weren’t.”
You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.
Sean Shapiro offers his thoughts on last night’s loss in his latest 20/20:
An ugly start, a stunning goalie decision, a no-show vs a third-stringer. The 20/20 from a Game 5 where things spiraled out of control. https://t.co/47kNE3yhl1— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) September 1, 2020
If you’re still wondering why Anton Khudobin didn’t get the start, here’s what Bowness had to say about his decision:
Rick Bowness explains why he started goalie Ben Bishop in Stars’ Game 5 loss@MDeFranks | #GoStars https://t.co/mDtps2iKWk— SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) September 1, 2020
They didn’t exactly outgun the Avalanche last night, but otherwise Dallas has become quite the high-scoring team these playoffs. Somehow:
Taking a look at what's driving the Dallas Stars' stunning offensive turnaround in the playoffs. Good power play, secondary pieces coming through, and yes ... a little luck as well. https://t.co/X0LOzXh9D9 | @NHLonNBCSports— Adam Gretz (@AGretz) August 31, 2020
Here’s some more national love for the Stars, or more specifically love for Radek Faksa:
Two-Way Hero: Radek Faksa has Dallas on the precipice of the conference final writes @THNRyanKennedy https://t.co/QROVlm81G2— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 31, 2020
Around the League
Unlike the Stars, the Tampa Bay Lightning know how to close out a series in five games — they eliminated the Boston Bruins last night in a 3-2 double overtime win:
Victor Hedman eliminates Bruins in double OT, Lightning advance to Eastern Conference Finals #GoBolts #TBLightning https://t.co/cec2cilizM— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) September 1, 2020
Approximately 10% of the hockey world was unproductive at work yesterday, thanks to Down Goes Brown’s latest roster-construction exercise:
New post: Try your hand at the impossibly frustrating but weirdly addictive hockey sudoku challenge. https://t.co/nL2DiI5P0w pic.twitter.com/KWwkEXuBw6— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) August 31, 2020
Who’s on Conn Smythe watch? Matt Larkin has a certain Stars defenseman at the top of his list:
Since it's a five-round post-season, we're technically halfway right about…now?— Matt Larkin (@THNMattLarkin) August 31, 2020
So let's look at the leading Conn Smythe Trophy candidates so far.
My top 10:https://t.co/c9meHakuzD
There is still plenty of playoff action remaining, but the NHL is still hard at work figuring out how to make a 2020-21 regular season work:
"In an optimistic scenario, you're talking about mid-to-late January open. In a more conservative scenario, you're talking about February or March."— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 1, 2020
What the NHL's 2020-21 season could look like, inside and outside the arena.https://t.co/9FcF2zzWH1
Finally, in case you didn’t know, hockey players are vulgar. Here are some more chirps from inside the Western bubble:
"You deserved that, you f***ing old fart!"— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) August 31, 2020
... plus more choice chirps, on-ice chatter, and complaints about officiating, as overheard by @ThomasDrance this week in the Edmonton bubble ⤵️https://t.co/XHEoNI6chF