Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Put Together “Total Team Effort” In Calgary

From Justin Dowling’s first to Corey Perry’s 1,000th, it all came together last night. Plus, big news for Roberto Luongo, a big anniversary for classic television, and more.

From Justin Dowling’s first NHL goal to Corey Perry’s 1,000th NHL game, the Dallas Stars had plenty to celebrate in last night’s 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika starts his recap of an eventful win with head coach Jim Montgomery’s own summary of a game in which – dare we say it? – everything seemed to go right:

“I thought that might have been our best, most complete effort -- definitely our best road game of the year,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “Everybody contributed, everybody excelled at their roles. We could have had a lot of goals tonight, but we just kept playing. Even in the third when they kept coming after us, I thought our poise in the D-zone was great.”

The Jamie Benn - Dowling - Tyler Seguin line raised eyebrows on paper, but Montgomery was happy with the results:

“That line was really good for us,” Montgomery said. “I thought Seggy and Jamie had great looks from really dangerous scoring areas, they kept possessing pucks.”

The trio finished with nine shots on goal, and helped drive possession in the second period. Seguin and Benn then were used as penalty killers in the third period and helped keep Calgary at bay. It was a game where every line, every player was paying attention to details, getting sticks in the lane, blocking shots, taking the body.

And Dowling now has a family story to repeat every holiday:

“I didn’t realize my mom was in the beer line when I scored my goal, so she didn’t even see it,” Dowling said with a laugh after the game. “That’s why we’ve got TV and highlights. She’ll see it eventually.”

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

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