There is no denying that Tuesday was a weird day in Dallas Stars’ history and for the NHL.
Jim Montgomery, the head coach, was released early in the day for mysterious circumstances to say the least. Stars general manager, Jim Nill, kept silent about the event that took place, but ultimately decided that it was time to move on.
The Stars did have a game to go play, even with this fresh on their minds. They would take on the New Jersey Devils, who are a little down on their luck so far this season.
Let’s recap this Tuesday night match-up:
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The Quick Start Dallas Needed
It didn’t take long for the Stars to get on the scoresheet. This was exactly what the Stars needed after a day like they had.
Some good, physical work by Radek Faksa on the left side boards allowed him to get a shot away towards Mackenzie Blackwood. It was blocked and went into the corner for Andrew Cogliano to pick up. He sent it behind the net for Faksa to take, and then wrapped it around the post. The puck went through Blackwood, and into the net, giving the Stars a 1-0 Stars lead.
Pavelski Strikes Gold on the ReboundEmbed from Getty Images
This play was not possible without a beautiful effort by Roman Polak to keep the puck in the offensive zone with a long reach of the stick.
Radulov ended up with it, and gave a nice backhand drop-pass to Roope Hintz. Hintz would shoot, but was ultimately denied by Blackwood.
However, Joe Pavelski was sitting there waiting and was able to scoop in the rebound off his backhand, resulting in a 2-0 Stars lead.
Dallas would take this lead into the 2nd period. The Stars outshot the Devils 16-2 during this period.
2nd Period and 3rd Period Condensed
No goals were scored in either period by either club, but there was quite a bit of action throughout.
The Stars outshot the Devils 28-10 after 40 minutes of play, but it did get a little evened out after the 3rd period, finishing at 35-26 in favor of Dallas.
Naturally, Jamie Benn and P.K. Subban got scrappy at times, trading off penalties for messing with the other. This scrappy behavior goes back to Subban’s days with the Nashville Predators, a rival of the Stars.
Combined, the two of them received 6 minutes of penalties, 4 of them for Subban.Embed from Getty Images
Dallas was victorious in the end. Stars’ goalie Ben Bishop got his first shutout of the season on a day where he needed to play bigger than his already large 6’7” frame.
Dallas will take on the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night for their next game at 7:00pm CST.