Dallas Stars Daily Links: “Overwhelmed” Rookies, Underwhelming Vets In Florida Loss

The Stars waste Khudobin’s record-breaking performance in their sixth straight loss. Plus, the Artemi Panarin situation in context, reintroducing fans to the arena, and more.

Good news, everyone! Anton Khudobin is back on his game, and he demonstrated it by stopping 49 shots – that’s forty-nine, with the 40 and the 9 – while facing a career-high 51 shots during the Dallas Stars’ latest outing with the Florida Panthers.

And yet the Stars lost, for the sixth time in a row, thanks to a shambolic second period in which they gave away their early lead and the eventual game-winner for good measure. Stars staff writer Mike Heika boils it down to a few key issues in his postgame piece:

“Our young players were overwhelmed and our veterans didn’t make a difference,” said Stars coach Rick Bowness.

Bowness said the Stars could have lost 8-1 if not for the strong play of Khudobin, who stopped 49 of 51 shots and allowed the Stars to pull the goalie late in an attempt to tie the game. It was a huge statement for the 34-year-old who had been struggling in previous starts, but came out of a long break with a fantastic outing.

“We wasted a great goaltending performance,” Bowness said. “I feel bad for Anton, that’s the best game he’s given us all year.”

Numbers don’t lie, and the numbers from last night...well:

Florida had a 29-4 advantage in shots on goal in the second period and a 41-5 advantage in shot attempts. The 29 shots against in a period is a franchise record, beating the 26 shots on goal against the Minnesota North Stars that was established three times, most recently in 1987. It was a mind-boggling number, but Khudobin kept the game 1-1 until late in the period, when Florida scored an unassisted goal against the Dallas checking line of [Blake] Comeau, Andrew Cogliano and Jason Dickinson.

“You look at that second goal,” Bowness said. “We have our checking line on the ice, we’re having a bad period, but we can get out of the period 1-1. And all of the sudden, we’re giving up an odd-man rush because three guys are behind the net.”...

“Were we rusty? Yep,” he said. “But if we had played the whole game the way we did in the first, where we thought we’d be rusty, we’d have been fine. But in the second period, we just kept passing the puck to them, and they’re a good team. A lot of it was self-inflicted problems.”

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

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