The Toronto Maple Leafs walked all over the Dallas Stars last night for two periods. Across the whole game, the Stars were outshot 41-18, giving up a 30+ scoring chances, and never held a lead.
By all accounts, Dallas should have lost in regulation. Yet somehow, they managed to force the game into overtime, ultimately losing 4-3:
“That’s a huge point for us with where we are, so we’ll take that and move on,” defenseman John Klingberg said.
After getting dominated in the faceoff circle for two periods, the Stars finally began to win some in the third, which helped cut down time in the defensive zone. The offense picked up as well, the Stars refusing to give up:
“The vibe in the locker room, the mentality we have [is that] we’re never out of it,” said [Scott] Wedgewood. “Regardless of shot counts or things like that, I’ve just always found that we find a way to get something generated. Whether it takes 60 minutes or not, they’re still looking and they’re not going to give up.”
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Saad Yousuf takes a look at some of the more interesting “highlights” from last night’s loss:
Stars salvaged a point last night before ultimately falling victim to Auston Matthews.
Discussing that, explaining the confusion of the first goal, a look at special teams, why OT started with Faksa/Glendening/Heiskanen, standings check and more 👇🏽https://t.co/FtAA74iZS0
— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) April 8, 2022
Meanwhile, in Cedar Park:
Ringo has been named Mascot of the Year a third straight time after winning the AHL’s 2022 Mascot Madness competition Wednesday 🏆
— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) April 7, 2022
Around the League
The Central as a whole didn’t do so hot last night:
- The Chicago Blackhawks were shutout 2-0 by the Seattle Kraken… somehow. [Davy Jones Locker Room]
- Meanwhile the Arizona Coyotes were shredded by the Vancouver Canucks, losing 5-1. [Nucks Misconduct]
- Finally, the Nashville Predators managed to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2, but only after a third period comeback. [On the Forecheck]/
Back to Chicago briefly — now that he’s officially retired, the Blackhawks are retiring Marian Hossa’s jersey:
Marian Hossa’s first ballot Hall of Fame legacy is worth more than one night of recognition. It’s a legacy worthy of eternity. pic.twitter.com/JCnQh5SRxW
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) April 8, 2022
Is Esa Lindell the Lady Byng frontrunner? Greg Wyshynski thinks so in his final NHL Awards watch:
The final NHL Awards Watch before the ballots go out. We polled over two dozen voters. The races for the Hart and Norris are dramatically tightening, and it looks like Patrice Bergeron will make history.
Much more here: https://t.co/3qvm4gnIB3
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 8, 2022
The OHL has suspended the Niagara IceDogs’ general manager and head coach:
The Ontario Hockey League has suspended Niagara IceDogs general manager Joey Burke and coach Billy Burke for inappropriate comments made in a WhatsApp conversation, which violated the league’s harassment, abuse and diversity policy and its Onside program.https://t.co/129bhlydVs
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 6, 2022
The NCAA Championship is set, with Denver squaring off against Minnesota State:
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) April 8, 2022
Finally, Doug Wilson is stepping down as general manager of the San Jose Sharks after 19 seasons:
Thank you for everything, Doug 💙 pic.twitter.com/tBR6DF792j
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 7, 2022