Last night was a classic Dallas Stars win — they were outplayed in the first period, managed to take a one goal lead in the second, and then “turtled” for the entire third period.
But hey, it worked! All thanks to Anton Khudobin:
“We don’t get into overtime without him,” Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said. “He made some huge saves, especially on the penalty kill after we challenged, and so give him a lot of credit tonight. We don’t win it without his play.”
There was a play late in the third period in which Khudobin appeared to injury himself, setting off alarms inside the heads of every Stars’ fan watching, but he says he was fine. He also added that he was confident in backup Jake Oettinger had that not been the case:
“No, I am not injured. I am fine,” Khudobin said. “Even if I would be injured, we still believe in [Jake Oettinger] and he can get the job done. He played really well in the previous game. Yes, he’s young, but at the same time, we believe in him. But I wasn’t injured.”
You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.
Sean Shapiro breaks down the Stars’ goals last night (among other things) in his latest 20/20:
Here’s what Rick Bowness had to say about the game:
And here’s Anton Khudobin and his fan club:
There are many storylines concerning this year’s playoff run, but one of the biggest is the resurgence of captain Jamie Benn:
For some non-game related reading, Saad Yousuf put together a nice piece on Jeff Toates, the man behind the Stars’ camera in the bubble:
Intermission reading for Stars fans: ‘Part of the team’: How Jeff Toates is documenting a historic Stars playoff run
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— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) September 11, 2020
Around the League
Can we learn anything concrete by observing the final four teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?? Down Goes Brown doesn’t seem to think so:
As for those teams that have already started their
summer fall, let’s take a look ahead at this year’s top free agents:
And here’s the latest on coaching and front office moves around the NHL:
Players aren’t the only ones changing teams this offseason.
Keep track of the latest hirings, firings and rumors this offseason with The Athletic’s 2020 NHL coaching tracker ⤵️https://t.co/NdYcByWgud
— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) September 10, 2020
Finally, it’s worth keeping an eye on NCAA hockey this year — when/if it returns: