Last night, the Florida Panthers rolled into American Airlines Center angry and motivated after losing to the Dallas Stars in their own house last week. We all saw the result, or at least read about it.
The captain is making no excuses, as you can tell from his post-game interview with Mike Heika:
“Mistakes by us cost us the game,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “Overall, we didn’t deserve to win. It just goes to show you can’t take any nights off in this league. You’ve got to be ready to go each and every night.”
The defense shoulders some of the blame, but not the suspects you might have picked:
It was a rough night all over the ice. Stars coach Lindy Ruff inserted defensemen Jamie Oleksiak and Patrik Nemeth for their first game of the season, but that shuffle really didn’t affect the team, Ruff said.
“We were just too loose,” Goligoski said. “We turned pucks over. We pinched at the wrong time. We didn’t backcheck when we did pinch. It was just not the way we want to see a game go.”
Heika has more, so go find out what the Stars intend to do about their second loss of the season. [SportsDayDFW]
Enough sads for one morning. Here is a picture of Tyler Seguin in his #HockeyFightsCancer warmup jersey.
— Amanda Spielberger (@ShatteredLensTX) October 25, 2015
Heika also shared this video by Stars broadcast team member Julie Dobbs – the latest in the team’s new web series, “The Franchise.” Jim Nill’s wife, Bekki, is a cancer survivor and dropped the ceremonial puck last night.
Julie Dobbs with a really nice interview with Jim Nill’s wife Bekki, who dropped the puck Saturday in Dallas. https://t.co/UzCodTHdic
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) October 25, 2015
And a sobering thought from a viewer:
He’s always moving from city to city. We think it’s because of trades or free agency but it’s probably to duck police after decapitations.
— Dave Candy Cornzo (@davelozo) October 25, 2015
This is not good news for the Blues, as @IneffectiveMath demonstrates.
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) October 24, 2015
Kerry Fraser is staying busy over at TSN. In this column, he takes a look at a high-sticking call from Thursday’s Canucks–Capitals game in which Jannik Hansen lifted Evgeni Kuznetsov’s own stick into his face. Was the penalty called correctly? [TSN]
Players from the Senators have carved some pretty cool Halloween pumpkins, and the team is auctioning them to benefit Children at Risk, an Ottawa organization for children and families dealing with autism. You’ll never guess which one Andrew Hammond made. (No fair. You cheated.)
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 23, 2015
Roberto Luongo is kind of a social media genius. Alex Prewitt talked with him about his (originally and still officially anonymous) Twitter account, playing for the Florida Panthers, and going back to “the well” (read: toilet jokes). [Sports Illustrated]
— Strombone (@strombone1) May 27, 2015
Former NHL center Patrick O’Sullivan, who played for the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild, among others, has written a new memoir about years of physical and emotional abuse by his “involved” hockey father and learning how to deal with the trauma as an adult. [Sportsnet]
“Mental health is something I’d like to be viewed the same as going to get an ice pack from the trainer…. If I had been self-aware enough to seek some help while I was playing, then I would have been a much better player.”
Finally: The Columbus Blue Jackets finally broke their duck last night, beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in the accursed Pepsi Center for their first win of 2015-16. Maybe this is some kind of sign that all their good fortune will be drawn from our account this season. Or not. Anyway, they were happy, and other people’s relief can be cathartic. And to the Anaheim Ducks: Soon.
— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 25, 2015