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from Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News,
Jamie Benn is one of the top players in the NHL. The Dallas Stars left wing leads the league in goals with 19. Yet he's able to keep a low profile in a town where the Cowboys dominate the conversation and other big-name athletes like Dirk Nowitzki and Prince Fielder grab the spotlight.
Benn, with his understated personality, seems fine with that. He visited with The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday to discuss a variety of topics. But his comments about his ability to stay under the radar in North Texas were particularly interesting.
DMN: What's it like when you go out now? Are you recognized?
Benn: I think the people in Dallas are pretty easy-going. You get the odd fan that recognizes you. But we can pretty much go anywhere and we can have our space.
DMN: Is that pretty cool?
Benn: Yeah, it's definitely nice to have. There are a lot of other places you go that you pretty much can't go anywhere.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
The wins won't ever come easier for Dallas Stars netminder Antti Niemi, who relieved Kari Lehtonen in Tuesday's wild win over the Hurricanes and got the win without facing a single shot. Niemi can thank Patrick Sharp, whose late goal ended Carolina's comeback bid. It may not always be pretty for the Stars, but it's definitely entertaining.
They're threatening to run away with the best division in hockey, and their 44 points are three more than any other team in the league right now. Still, in talking to people about Dallas, I've noticed some hesitation to include them among the Western Conference royalty like the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks, perhaps because of the wide-open style the Stars play.
So, I ask you, is Dallas becoming the Western Conference's Stanley Cup favorite as the points pile up?
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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It was only the second time this season that Dallas has been restricted to a single goal and they have yet to be shutout, an achievement Nilsson almost achieved.
The goaltender steal the win?
“Yup. That was a hell of a performance,” said coach Todd McLellan. “If he wasn’t the first two or three stars he should have been.
“As I walked down the hall I wondered what was going to be asked in here tonight and I knew my first answer was going to be ‘What a great game played by Nilsson.
“He stole a game he gave us a chance to win. That first period was really frustrating. The lay-ups that we gave them …
“If Anders doesn’t play the way he does that game gets away from us so fast that we don’t happened. We played better games and lost them than we played tonight,” added McLellan.
Watch the game highlights below of Edmonton's 2-1 OT win over Dallas...
"We just stopped playing hockey. We knew they were a desperate hockey team, and it was a pretty embarrassing loss.
-Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars after blowing a 3 goal lead and losing 4-3 to the Calgary Flames in a shootout. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Tyler Seguin is tearing it up on the road this season. He leads the league with 20 points in 12 road games, including 11 of his 13 goals this season. On Saturday, he started the Stars’ four-game road trip off on the right skate when he popped in the overtime winner against Minnesota.
It was the kind of thing that has happened to him on the road more this season, where he received a perfect pass from linemate Jamie Benn, and he pretty much had to shoot. At home, he has tried to be more cautious, more selective, but things have just clicked on the road.
“I think maybe I shoot the puck more on the road, it is a simpler game,” Seguin said. “Honestly, though, it really doesn’t seem that different to me. I think maybe they’re just going in on the road.”
via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Colaiacovo was still in the hospital when the Sabres left Bridgestone Arena.
"Carlo's doing OK," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He got the cross-check to the throat. He did go to the hospital, is there now. I guess they're saying he's got a dented trachea right now but OK.
"I don't think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check, but they kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it's a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo's neck."
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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
The Wild lost at home when leading by three goals in the third for the first time since Jan. 31, 2012 vs. Nashville (lost 5-4 in regulation). The last time the Wild allowed three third-period goals in a loss/OT/shootout loss at home was Dec. 29, 2013, vs. the Islanders.
Those two previous notes are according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
This was the Wild’s first blown three-goal lead at home for a loss since March 11, 2014 (vs. Edmonton, up 3-0 in the first, lost in a shootout, 4-3). And I’m sure you remember, this is the first blown three-goal lead for a loss overall since Oct. 27, 2014, at the Rangers (up 3-0 in the third, lost 5-4).
If you thought Yeo ripped into the team after Friday’s loss to Winnipeg, that was nothing compared tonight.
Mike Yeo post-game...
Why? Watch below...
Dallas did win the game 3-2 over Washington.
from the Dallas Morning News,
Dallas Stars insider Mike Heika recently held a chat. Here are some highlights:
Question: So the Stars appear to be the real deal and come the trade deadline, is there any position in particular you would look to strengthen? Any early names you'd target?
Heika: If Boston is open to it and hasn't re-signed Loui Eriksson, I think he would be a player that would be a good fit as a rental. (although making that deal after the Seguin trade might be tough to pull off). If San Jose or Vancouver is struggling, I'd inquire about Brent Burns or Alex Edler and put up some of the young guns as bait. That's just barstool talk, but now I can say that I said it first if it ever happens.
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