Dallas Stars Daily Links: Khudobin Heroics Pay Off As Stars Break Streak In Sunrise
One shutout doesn’t fix everything, but my goodness, doesn’t it help? Plus, the Claude Julien fallout, how minor-leaguers are preparing for their next act, and more.
Last night in Sunrise, Anton Khudobin delivered even more evidence that he’s back on his game. The Kazakh Scorpion stopped every one of the 43 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season.
Of course, he had to stop more than 40 shots, again. But this time, it gave his teammates a chance to get the goals they needed to take down the Florida Panthers 3-0.
Dobby delivered quality as well as quantity, as The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks reports:
On multiple occasions, he sent Panthers back to their bench with their heads shaking. First there was MacKenzie Weegar, who was stopped on the rush. Then there was Jonathan Huberdeau, who Khudobin robbed with a glitzy glove save in the third period.
“He’s a difference-maker when he’s out there,” Esa Lindell said. “He gives us a chance to win every night. He was outstanding again today.”
Of course, a single road shutout doesn’t cure everything that ails the Stars right now. But to borrow a quote from Marilyn Monroe, my goodness, doesn’t it help?
The Stars were pushed by Florida, but they didn’t fold like they did during Monday’s disastrous second period.... The holes that appeared in the last three weeks were patched over Wednesday night, held together by Khudobin.
“Earlier, we weren’t getting big goals, we weren’t getting big saves,” Bowness said. “That’s kind of why we went in that skid. Tonight, we were getting the big save, and finally got that second goal when we needed it.”
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
“Tonight, we were getting the big saves, and finally we got that second goal.” Bench boss Rick Bowness loves it when a plan comes together.
🎥 Bowness: "Tonight we played for 60 minutes and when we had some breakdowns, Dobby made some huge saves. I thought we wanted to compete for 60, and we did that."@ATT | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/DDB9VOGLZ8— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 25, 2021
“I think we managed the game really good today.” It helps when John Klingberg pockets the game-winning goal in the first minute.
🎥 Klingberg on his goal: "If I have that much ice in front of me, I'm going to try and go in and rip it every time."@ATT | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/nv6XQEw6Oa— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 25, 2021
“I did feel good today, and I played good today.”
🎥 Khudobin: "A win is a win. It's always great. You hear the music right now in the dressing room, it's always great. Get over that five-game losing streak is really important."@ATT | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/rHz8X086fH— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 25, 2021
Dobby’s donut paid off big for the Dallas Stars Foundation, too.
Shutout victories are made better with a donation from @EnergyTransfer!— Dallas Stars Foundation (@DS_Foundation) February 25, 2021
They have donated $10,000 to our foundation so far this season for first responders.@DallasStars | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/oNwFrXQNoe
Around The Leagues
- The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up a 3-0 shutout of their own in a home win against the Carolina Hurricanes, despite a mighty effort by goalie Alex Nedeljkovic. [Canes Country]/
The Montreal Canadiens have fired head coach Claude Julien and assistant coach Kirk Muller, and as usual, it’s a reflection of what’s going on in the office.
Quick thought on Julien firing: High expectations after off-season moves & strong start create urgency in shortened season. GM Bergevin was decisive to remove a coach he’d hired in 2017. Bergevin’s already hot seat has gotten hotter. That said, wise to act when you feel it’s time— E.J. Hradek (@EJHradek_NHL) February 24, 2021
A “quiet guy.” A “good guy.” A “strategy guy.” New interim bench boss Dominique Ducharme has built good relationships among players and executives with his no-drama approach.
You want to know more about the Canadiens new (interim) head coach? @MAGodin wrote this great profile on him in May of 2018 when Dominique Ducharme was hired, seemingly in preparation for this very moment: https://t.co/LxHfHcjxeT— The Thinker (@ArponBasu) February 24, 2021
There’s always a perspective you may not have thought about.
Claude Julien, who had heart surgery last year and is technically high risk yet still agreed to coach during a global pandemic, just got fired 18 games into the season.— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) February 24, 2021
The pandemic has impacted some players more than others. The Professional Hockey Players’ Association has a program to help minor-leaguers transition into new careers.
With many minor league hockey players struggling, how @thephpa career enhancement program is helping hundreds plan for what’s next:https://t.co/4IMprawvBz— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) February 5, 2021
There are no Stars on this list, but that will change after they’ve played more outdoor games, probably, maybe.
The All-Outdoor Team: the Best Fresh-Air Performers in @NHL History— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 24, 2021
After 17-plus years and 32 outdoor events, @THNMattLarkin breaks down which NHLers have the best all-time resumes in the open air: https://t.co/OkLG2TAA7u
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Nothing beats the COVID-19 reality, and the Texas Stars didn’t play the Iowa Wild last night after all.
Due to COVID-19 Protocols affecting the @IAWild, tonight's #txstars game at @HEBCenter has been postponed by the @TheAHL.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) February 24, 2021
A make-up date has not yet been determined.
Read: https://t.co/MAYRNpVGF4 pic.twitter.com/sANq2olR5J
It’s always nice to see Khudobin get some love from the big feed. Enjoy.
Anton Khudobin stopped all 4️⃣3️⃣ shots against for the @pepsi shutout! pic.twitter.com/l33dmuIkYe— NHL (@NHL) February 25, 2021