Dallas Stars Daily Links: Taking Stock After A Not-Quite-Perfect Road Trip
The thing about five points out of six is that now it’s the new normal. Plus, another Gurianov goal, another Ovechkin hat trick, and more.
It bears remembering that the Dallas Stars are bringing home five of six possible points from their New York-New Jersey road trip. It also is worth noting that each came down to overtime, and bad habits finally took their toll as the team gave up a third-period lead and the OT loss to the New York Islanders last night.
Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika examines some of the key moments, many of which involved undisciplined penalties:
“You can’t beat yourself in that third game,” [interim head coach Rick] Bowness said. “We had the chance to take six out of six and that’s disappointing. Bad decisions, five penalties. You’re coming in here taking five penalties and you know you’re tired, it’s disappointing because it was self-inflicted.”...
”We took five penalties and the last one came back to bite us,” Bishop said. “Normally, we don’t take five penalties in a game. You can’t give those guys that many looks, and that’s what it came down to at the end.”
Generally, though, the team seems to be sticking to a game plan that they believe will work for them during the intense stretch run to come:
The Stars allowed the opposition to score first for the eighth straight game. That’s a concern. Still, they have gone 4-3-1 in those games, so they certainly know how to manage their bad stretches.
”They were doing some really good stuff and we had to simplify a little bit,” said defenseman John Klingberg, who had a goal and five shots on goal. “But we made some changes and came back in the game. They were coming after us, that’s a really good team over there, they’re heavy to play against, and to get one point is a pretty good outcome.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Sean Shapiro takes a look at how the course of a game, and the players who come up big when it counts, can make the loser point that much more frustrating.
Stars 20/20: The number of the day is 5, and that’s frustrating for the Stars in OT loss https://t.co/6NEk9pwj2z— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) February 5, 2020
Ben Bishop took the long view in last night’s postgame interviews.
“It’s a successful road trip, everybody’s happy. Obviously would like to get that extra point tonight, but just kind of refocus here and get back to Dallas.” - Bishop#DALvsNYI | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/RNr1ZRdbuZ— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 5, 2020
Meanwhile, this is why you put Denis Gurianov on the power play.
Around The League(s)
In On The #Kill Taker
- The Colorado Avalanche have scored five or more goals three times in their past four games, and last night they buried the Buffalo Sabres, 6-1. [Mile High Hockey]
- Joel Edmundson finally received his Stanley Cup ring, but the St. Louis Blues didn’t allow much else, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3. [St. Louis Game Time]
- In Central-on-Central violence: Matt Dumba ended his scoring drought as the Minnesota Wild scratched out a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime. [Hockey Wilderness]
- And the Nashville Predators got a 2-1 OT victory over the Winnipeg Jets, thanks to Mikael Granlund’s game-winner. [On The Forecheck]/
Alex Ovechkin netted a natural hat trick to reach 698 career goals and lift the Washington Capitals over the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2.
“Only Wayne Gretzky has gone from 600 to 700 goals in less than 200 games...Ovechkin’s going to be right in that stratosphere...”@CraigJButton on how we’re never going to see the likes of Alex Ovechkin again in our lifetime: https://t.co/WGarXM2i4v #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/GNl25g5iHU— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) February 5, 2020
With Ovi, there’s always more.
Lost in the shuffle of everything Alex Ovechkin did tonight was that he scored the 110th GWG of his career tying him with Brett Hull and Teemu Selanne for fourth in NHL history.— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) February 5, 2020
Only Jaromir Jagr (135), Gordie Howe (121) and Phil Esposito (118) had more.
Meanwhile, Joe Thornton passed a big marker of his own during the San Jose Sharks’ 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames.
Another milestone for Jumbo Joe!@SanJoseSharks icon Joe Thornton collected two assists to become the 14th player in NHL history to record 1,500 career regular-season points. https://t.co/j1IyEZn0LW #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/NseAYf1as4— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 5, 2020
Would you believe there are players who are not Alexis Lafrenière in the 2020 NHL Draft class? Ryan Kennedy has a list of names to know.
Jamie Drysdale is the best defenseman heading into the 2020 #NHLDraft and has the ability to change a team's fortunes on the blueline. @THNRyanKennedy looks at Drysdale and 10 other prospects you need to know about.https://t.co/DfjFSiD0rP— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 5, 2020
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars stumbled on the road again, losing 5-2 to the Rockford IceHogs in BMO Harris Bank Center.
Stars Look Listless in 5-2 Loss to IceHogshttps://t.co/jGhNRVUxBY#txstars pic.twitter.com/fIPT1yKVYF— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) February 5, 2020