Dallas Stars Daily Links: No Comebacks In Anaheim As The Stars Blank The Ducks

Fleet forwards and stingy goaltending won the day as the Stars stepped it up. Plus, check out Pekka Rinne’s highlight-reel night, watch Stephen Johns in Cedar Park for free, and more.

The Dallas Stars took a lead and never looked back as they shut out the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 last night. After watching a few – or a few too many – come-from-behind victories in recent days, fans may be glad of the lack of drama.

The Stars themselves may be over it, too, as Mike Heika reports:

“Our team doesn’t rattle easy. We know we’re a good team,” [interim head coach Rick] Bowness said.

Asked how he attains that state of mind on the bench, Bowness said he just does.

”We believe in our team and we trust them,” Bowness said. “We’ve got a veteran team and the kids that we have are great kids and good players. We believe in them. That doesn’t mean we’re going to win every game, we’re not. But if we trust the team, we’ll bounce back.”

The evening was not without emotion: Andrew Cogliano received a standing ovation from his former home crowd, and then shared his take on how the Stars are stepping up:

Asked if it was a good sign that the Stars are beating teams they should, Cogliano said he doesn’t look at it that way.

”I thought there wasn’t a lot of room out there, to be honest. I thought the Ducks and the Kings both defended really well, so I don’t look at this as teams…I know where they are in the standings, but I thought it was two games that were among our toughest,” Cogliano said. “I thought it was more positive how we won the games. We could have taken a backseat and not continued to push forward, but I thought the last two games have shown we want to be a good team and we want to win games different ways.”

There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]

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Around The League(s)

#Death Notes

  • A David Pastrnak hat trick was the entire margin of difference in the Winnipeg Jets’ 5-4 loss to the Boston Bruins. [Sportsnet]
  • The Alexander Steen - Robert Thomas - Tyler Bozak line combined for nine points as the St. Louis Blues trounced the Buffalo Sabres, 5-1. [NHL]
  • Pekka Rinne’s empty-net goalie goal was the highlight-reel moment from the Nashville Predators’ 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. [On The Forecheck]
  • The Minnesota Wild missed too many of their best chances and dropped their second straight game to the Calgary Flames, 2-1. [Hockey Wilderness]/

Seriously, @NHLGIFs devoted an entire tweetchain to this.

Three goals. Two assists. Seven shots. New York Rangers blueliner Tony DeAngelo had himself a night.

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Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The stars are aligning as Stephen Johns returns to a Stars game day lineup: The AHL is streaming every game for free tonight, including the Texas Stars - Chicago Wolves tilt.


Ready for the San Jose Sharks? Team puppy Finn is ready for you: He just got his own Blue Steel moment in a dramatic 12-second promotional clip. Enjoy.