Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Fall in Central Division Showdown with Blues
The Stars couldn't fight their way past the Blues and lost 3-0. Plus, despite the loss, five reasons why the Stars' success is for real, and a look at the importance of tracking for goalies.
After beating the Flyers on Friday night, the Stars couldn't figure out how to solve a problem like the Blues on Saturday. Mark Stepneski walks us through the loss and provides us with Lindy Ruff's take on the defeat.
"We knew they were a desperate team. They haven't been playing that well, and you get a division game," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "They had it their way in the first, and we played a really solid game after that. We had them on their heels; we hit a few posts. We didn't find a way to get that goal to get us in the game."
This was just the Stars fifth game within the Central Division this season. They are 3-2-0 within the division after Saturday's loss. They have five more division games later this month, including two more against the Blues. Saturday's game was a physical game that featured a couple of fights and a few scrums.
Jamie Benn also shared his thoughts.
"These are the ones we've got to get used to. We are going to see a lot of games like this from here on out," Benn said. "There are going to be tight games, some good rivalries, and it's going to be pretty intense out there. We've got to find a way to win these games."
And, of course, no post-game analysis is complete without Razor's Emporium.
For the rest of the recap, give the link a click. [Stars Inside Edge]
Glimpsing the "Ghost of Christmas Past" at this season's Stars games is nothing to worry about, says Mike Heika. [SportsDayDFW]
If you had to name the Stars' best player so far this season, would you go with Tyler Seguin? [CBS Sports]
Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski gives five reasons why he thinks the Stars' success this season isn't a fluke. [Puck Daddy]
The Penguins are shaking up their coaching staff.
Mike Johnston and Gary Agnew relieved of their coaching duties. Mike Sullivan named new Head Coach of the Penguins. https://t.co/1Y2HMlpCXf— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 12, 2015
If you'd like to read up on Sullivan and his career path, head to the link. [NHL]
There's no denying that Ottawa forward Mike Hoffman is a menace in the offensive zone. But how much do his defensive deficiencies affect his team? [Sportsnet]
ESPN's Katie Strang catches up with the now 20-year-old Jack Jablonski, who remains a "hockey kid at heart" while navigating life as a freshman at USC. [ESPN]
The Canadiens had a busy first period against the Senators last night.
27 tirs en 1ère période seulement...Record d'équipe égalé. / 27 shots in the first period alone by the Habs. Tying a team record. #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 13, 2015
The Denver Post's Mike Chambers explains why tracking is essential to goaltenders. [Denver Post]
It's not just the folks in Colorado who love the Avalanche. The team also has a strong fan base in Europe. [The Hockey News]
Mike Condon has some big skates to fill in Montreal, but the goaltender is up for the challenge. [ESPN]
Former Stars backup Jhonas Enroth was on the wrong end of this trick shot by Buffalo forward Jamie McGinn last night.
this McGinn goal is impressive pic.twitter.com/oPW5BHTqEH— Stephanie (@myregularface) December 13, 2015
Shawn Horcoff's leadership has been a boon to the struggling Ducks. [OC Register]
Sports Illustrated's Alex Prewitt takes a look at the impact that 3-on-3 overtime has had this season. [Sports Illustrated]
The Coyotes will have to make a difficult decision regarding Mikkel Boedker. [The Hockey News]
And finally, although the Dallas Stars couldn't figure out a way to score against the Blues, Brett Ritchie didn't have that problem for the Texas Stars.