Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Shake Overtime Woes In Shootout Win

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Sometimes a shootout win is more than just a skills contest. For the Dallas Stars, last night’s extra-minutes victory over the Detroit Red Wings was a season-long obstacle surmounted at just the right moment.

No one seems more excited about finally getting that post-regulation win than the Stars themselves. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika chronicled the rush of emotion from key players in his postgame piece:

“Honestly it’s a huge relief,” said rookie Jason Robertson, who had one of the two shootout goals. “I know that everyone in the locker room has been disappointed in the last few months about the points we have left on the table in the shootout. It’s a skills competition at the end of the day, but we are really glad and really happy that we finally got the win in the shootout.”...

Both Robertson and Denis Gurianov scored slick shootout goals, giving confidence to each of the young wingers. Anton Khudobin was spectacular on a few of the shootout saves, adding to a game that was much more difficult than his 20 saves would indicate. And Roope Hintz continued to barnstorm through an impressive points streak, picking up a goal and an assist to give him three goals and 10 assists in his past six games.

And, as Heika suggests, this is the perfect time of year for the Stars to go on a streak of steady play:

At this time of year, solid is good. It’s helping the Stars stay in the playoff race and helping them think positive thoughts, as they now have a seven-game point streak (5-0-2) and a shootout victory to boot.

“It’s definitely exciting,” said Robertson. “These are our last couple of games at home. Every point matters, so when we won the shootout, that was a huge relief. We need these points down the stretch, so we will take whatever we can get. We’ve got these guys tomorrow, so we can try to build on what we did in the third period.

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

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Around The Leagues

#Disco Inferno

  • The fight at the top of the Central standings is getting interesting: The Tampa Bay Lightning bagged a 3-2 OT win over the first-place Carolina Hurricanes. [Canes Country]
  • Frank Vatrano scored first and last in the Florida Panthers’ 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets as the Cats grabbed a share of the division lead. [Litter Box Cats]
  • And the Nashville Predators stayed a step and a half ahead of the Stars with a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. [On The Forecheck]/

The Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks in a shootout, but they’ll never take away Patrick Marleau’s history-making run.

The Vancouver Canucks’ COVID situation seems to be part of a larger pattern. The Ontario Hockey League has thrown in the towel on 2021. [CBC]

Meanwhile, the Western Hockey League will finish regular play but pass on the postseason.

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Idaho Steelheads goalie Tomas Sholl has kept busy during the team’s voluntary suspension of play, and local kids stand to benefit.


Want to savor that shootout again? The Stars have your number. Enjoy.