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DALLAS, Texas - The Dallas Stars, in conjunction with NBC, announced today that Dave Strader and Daryl "Razor" Reaugh will call the Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins contest on Sunday, Feb. 26. Strader will provide play-by-play, and Reaugh and Brian Boucher will serve as the color analysts for the nationally televised game on NBC. The game is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. CT puck drop at American Airlines Center.
Strader, who returned to the broadcast booth for the Stars current five-game homestand, continues his fight against cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer. His treatment schedule afforded him the opportunity to travel to Dallas and return to the booth and he called his first game in 283 days last night against Tampa Bay. Following the Stars games vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 28 and vs. New York Islanders on March 2, he will return to upstate New York to continue his treatment.
"You go into a third period with a 3-1 lead with your lives on the line, and that's the effort and the result that we get? It's unacceptable. We're fighting for our lives, and that's what we put out there for 20 minutes."
-Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars after a 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more.
Watch the game highlights below...
Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News answaers some questions, a few Dallas Stars related...
If this Lehtonen/Niemi experiment continues to fail how much longer do you think Stars ownership will give GM Jim Nill?
Cowlishaw: Well, it's pretty simply. Lindy Ruff will be gone at the end of this season, assuming the Stars don't win a playoff series. Ruff was Nill's hire. Every GM gets one coaching change and then it's on him. So the clock starts ticking on Nill after Ruff leaves. Nill has been very good for the most part. But he hasn't addressed goaltending when he needed to, and the results aren't what they should be for this team.
Do you think the Stars should be buyers or sellers at the deadline?
Cowlishaw: Sellers. Unless things change drastically.
Oh no Jiri Hudler.
added 8:35pm, Dallas broadcast below...
"I'm tired of looking at good numbers and not winning games. That doesn't help us in the standings. There are good numbers, but the numbers don't describe the real bad plays you make in the game. The numbers don't mean anything if you make a real bad play that costs you the game. A play that you don't need to make. And we have done this a couple times through this homestand and tonight we really hurt ourselves. When we took the lead, I would want them to earn it. They didn't earn it."
-Lindy Ruff, head coach of the Dallas Stars after a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more post-game quotes from both sides.
Below, catch the game highlights...
Down goes Antoine Roussel.
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Tim Murray and Terry Pegula stood in the press box and said the puck went in. Ryan O’Reilly, Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen crowded around a TV outside the dressing room and watched the puck hop across the goal line. Buffalo’s coaches looked at numerous angles from their office and saw multiple pucks go in.
The Sabres know what the replays showed. What they knew and what they could prove were two different things.
The only conclusive evidence was they lost a game they felt they won and went into the All-Star break feeling angry and cheated.
“Frustrating more than anything that the game’s not decided by the players,” center Jack Eichel said after Thursday’s crazy 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.
Watch the play below...
A full blown 3-0 in OT and they miss the net. Dallas lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild in the shootout.
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News did a recent online chat...
Do you get the sense that the team's frustrations are reaching a tipping point this year?
Heika: Yes, definitely. As much as we can keep saying they are close to a playoff spot, the math gets tougher in February. Plus, they have a vicious March schedule and have to make some big decisions at the trade deadline, so there is a lot of pressure on this team, coaches and management included.
Lindy Ruff's contract is up at the end of the season, several players are UFAs at the end of the season, the expansion draft is in the summer. There's a lot going on here.
Everything was easy last year because of the fast start. Everything is hard this year. That makes it so easy to see how much the mental state of the team has changed. They're not in a good place right now.
Do you and all the media finally realize what nonsense Nill spews when he talks about the "overripe" young talent he has mismanaged and/or under-developed at the NHL level?
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