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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?
NEW YORK (Dec. 19, 2016) – Tonight’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena, NHL Game No. 477, has been postponed due to a technical problem with the ice equipment that has made the ice surface unplayable.
The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.
Cody Eakin gets four games for his hit on Henrik Lundqvist...
Mike Hoffman gets two game for a cross-check on Logan Couture...
from Ruffled Lines,
Lindy Ruff up first...
On the Cody Eakin ejection:
“I understand the call. There was no intent on his part. As a penalty killer he’s trying to gain speed so he can get back. I watched the play and Henrik (Lundqvist) was off the wall originally and I think he just mishandled it for a second. When he went to go play it, he went into the wall. Cody said he was just trying to jump by him. I know it doesn’t look that way but there was no intent on his part.”
Stars Forward Cody Eakin
On the play with Lundqvist:
“I was coming in pretty fast, trying to create some energy, and my intention was to go for the puck. Obviously, it was not to make contact with him or his head. The collision carried me a little bit off my feet.”
On receiving discipline from the League:
“I’m sure I’ll hear something and we’ll go from there. The game just ended so I don’t know anything.”
Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault
On Henrik Lundqvist’s play tonight and the hit by Cody Eakin:
“Well, the first thing is that the League better do something about that hit. It’s everything that you want to take away from the game. Hit to the head, forward motion and it’s a goaltender on top. That happens in the playoffs and your goaltender has to go out of the net. They better do something about that and they better take care of business. As far as Hank’s [Henrik Lundqvist] play tonight; there’s no doubt that he played extremely well....
If you missed the hit last night, watch it below...
Five minute major for charging and a game misconduct for Eakin. Lundqvist went to room for a few minutes but has returned and is back in the game.
"There's no moral victories, there's no 'We played good in Detroit or Pittsburgh or Philly. It's not good enough. It's not good enough with the type of team we have. It doesn't matter if you play well if you don't win games. It's a results-oriented business, and these losses get tougher and tougher because we know we have a hole to climb out of."
-Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars
"I mean, we shoot ourselves in the foot. That's pretty much plain and simple. The way we're losing is unacceptable. Once again, I don't think our best players were our best players, and penalties kind of shot us in the (rear) again."
-Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more on the 3-1 Dallas loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sorry for the delay, thank you Comcast outage...
Both Jamie Oleksiak and Mark Borowiecki were suspended today for two games each.
Oleksiak video first and Borowiecki video is below...
Mark Borowiecki will also have a hearing today for this hit on Tyler Toffoli.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Jiri Hudler is as confused as anyone.
The veteran forward has been disabled by a mystery virus this season, and has seen his own doctors in addition to Stars team doctors. But while nobody really knows what he has been battling, they do believe he is on the road to recovery.
"It's been a long time and frustrating, but it is coming along. I hope I am going to be playing as soon as possible," Hudler said. "I just felt really bad for the past five or six weeks or whatever it was. I've never been in this situation before, and I never want to be again, that's for sure."
Hudler, 32, has played just four games this season and has spent the rest of the time just trying to diagnose the problem. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said the team believes Hudler's problems are similar to those suffered by Travis Morin in training camp.
"Just a virus, some type of virus, which really can't be answered," Ruff said. "I guess there's hundreds of them out there."
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