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The Dallas Stars Need More From Jamie Benn And Tyler Seguin

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News,

Benn and Seguin were scoreless on Sunday, marking the 14th time in 18 games that the franchise cornerstones have not found the back of the net. Benn tied a career-high by extending his goalless drought to 13 games on Sunday, something he hadn’t done since his rookie season a decade ago. Seguin has one goal in his last 14 games.

Benn doesn’t have a goal at even-strength. Seguin doesn’t have one on the power play.

“I don’t think they’re driving pucks too often,” Montgomery said. “In general, our team, not driving pucks to hard areas enough.”

While Benn and Seguin were held off the scoreboard again, the Stars now have points in eight of the last nine games, and carry an 8-8-2 record after a horrid 1-7-1 start. Mattias Janmark and Radek Faksa scored for the Stars, as Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele scored the game-winning goal in overtime on a 2-on-1 just 21 seconds into the extra period.


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Video- John Klingberg Takes A Puck Up High, Out With Lower-Body Injury



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The Dallas Stars Remain Winless In Regulation

hrom Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News,

In the wake of another Stars’ loss — this one a 4-2 defeat to the Penguins on Friday night — as the team searches for answers and finds none, as the standings tell the truth none of them care to hear, as the hockey world turns without Dallas’ involvement, Anton Khudobin stood in the nearly empty Dallas dressing room.

He’d just completed a 29-save effort in the loss, one whose pure number of saves masks the difficulty of those he faced. He’d given the Stars a chance to win their second game of the season by carrying them into the third period tied at 1. But he couldn’t save the Stars from a 1-7-1 fate, a record that ties the worst in franchise history through nine games.

Then he spotlighted one of the many Stars issues through the first two weeks: They’re not angry enough.

“What else can you say?” Khudobin said. “We just got another L, [expletive], I don’t know. We just have to keep going and do something.”

The loss was the fifth straight for the Stars, and they remain without a win in regulation.


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Struggling In Dallas

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News,

Jim Nill hears the calls for changes during the Stars’ 1-6-1 start to the season. That doesn’t mean the general manager will act on them.

“To say you’re going to make all these changes, people are thinking about trades or whatever, those things don’t happen overnight,” Nill said. “You just don’t go have a bad start to the year and go ‘OK, we’re going to trade four or five guys.’ That doesn’t happen in this business. We’ve got to figure this out internally first. We’ve got to see where we’re at with our team, and then you start to make adjustments from there.”

The Stars have lost four straight games, and enter Friday night’s game in Pittsburgh without a regulation win in the season’s first two weeks....

Does Nill feel pressure to make changes to the roster or the coaching staff?

“No, no,” Nill said. “This is something we’ve got to work out internally. We’ve been talking with the players, they know they’ve got to get better. I’ve been talking with the coaching staff, they’re pushing every button they can, and we’ve got to get through this.

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Don’t Put Jim Montgomery On The Hot Seat Just Yet

from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

It’s not fair (or even a good idea) for a city to have dueling hot seats for coaches, so there is no place for the Stars’ Jim Montgomery on one right now. Besides, we are talking about seven games out of 82 after a rather special rookie campaign for the Dallas coach.

So even with the Stars having won just one of their first seven games, no one here is suggesting change or even thoughts about the next coach in a sport where change is always right around the corner. Montgomery did two things well last year in leading the Stars to the seventh game of the second round against St. Louis.

He wasn’t Ken Hitchcock, and that was an important step one. Players always need a breath of fresh air after a run with Hitch, and that’s not to suggest Monty was some sort of pushover for this team, coming out of the college ranks as he did. But he was different, and he explained things and they worked pretty well. On top of that, the Stars had Ben Bishop in net where he finished second in Vezina Trophy balloting behind his former Tampa Bay backup Andrei Vasilevskiy.

This year Bishop has struggled, the power play (1 for 22) has been invisible and the Stars have positioned themselves along the bottom of the West with a 1-5-1 record.


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Video- Jack Edwards’ Call Last Night

from Chad Finn of Boston.com,

With 12 minutes and 56 seconds remaining in the second period of the Bruins’ season-opening 2-1 win in Dallas Thursday night, Stars defenseman Roman Polak crashed into the boards awkwardly while trying to check the Bruins’ Chris Wagner. Polak’s right shoulder hit the boards, then his head. He did not move and was eventually taken off on a stretcher.

But a few seconds after the play, as Polak remained face down on the ice, Edwards commented that there was “a little bit of bad hockey karma’’ in the play, a reaction that has drawn the ire of many, including Polak’s agent, Allan Walsh, on Twitter.

“I have tremendous respect for the Bruin players that sent best wishes. All class,’’ wrote Walsh. “As for Jack Edwards, to say Roman’s injury was “bad hockey karma’’ while he was laying on motionless on the ice, you are truly a piece of [expletive] and an absolute disgrace.’’

Edwards’s comment does require some context.

Polak had attempted to shove Wagner in the back on the play, but the Bruins center turned away from him, leading to Polak’s awkward collision with the boards.

Color analyst Andy Brickley noted that the collision looked like it was “self-induced’’ from trying to make a questionable hit.

more with a comment from Edwards standing by his call.  Watch the call at the link or below.

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Video- A Presidential Puck Drop In Dallas

George W. Bush



added 10:09am on 10/4/19, President Bush stopped by the Bruins dressing room too, watch below.

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Video- Roman Polak Goes Hard Into The Boards

Taken off on a stretcher.

No update on Polak at this point.


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Watching Hockey In China

via Mark Dreyer of SupChina,

A regular season record 6,200 people saw the game against Barys, before a new franchise record of 7,716 saw the game against Traktor (beating the 7,100 who watched Red Star’s playoff win against Metallurg in Beijing). But that was beaten just one day later, as 8,115 went to the Universiade Sports Complex in Shenzhen to see a 2-1 win.

That’s way up on last season’s average of 2,507, and above the league-wide average of 6,121. The team’s attendance figure would rank sixth in the 25-team league based on last year’s averages....

And in a seamless transition to another warm-weather hockey haven, the Dallas Stars have linked up with the Shougang Eagles Hockey Club in Beijing, under which amateur coaching staff from the Stars will train players in Beijing, while the Eagles will also get to travel to Dallas to hone their skills there.

The Stars have taken this opportunity to launch a Weibo account, becoming the fifth NHL club to do so, and looking to emulate the success on Chinese social media of their arena mates, the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.

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