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Stars score 5 but fall to the Avs

Stars score 5 but fall to the Avs

The Dallas Stars concluded their preseason with a scoring frenzy that resulted in a 6-5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the Stars finished the preseason with a 4-2-1 record.

After a strong start to the preseason the Stars couldn’t keep the winning coming. The opposite to the preseason finale where a bad start with some penalties put the Avalanche up by 2. The Stars then turned things around with a goal from Jason Dickinson and then a power play goal by Jamie Benn to equalize. Tyson Barry then picked up a goal in the last two minutes of the 1st period to restore the Avs lead.

The Avs scored again in the 2nd extending their lead to 4-2 before Faksa bought the Stars back to within a shot, then a minute later Colorado yet again restored their two goal advantage.

Colorado scored first in the 3rd period extending their lead to 6-3, the Stars picked up the pace and Devin Shore makes it 6-4 half-way through the period. With time running out the Stars pull the goalie and with the extra attacker Tyler Seguin gets the Stars back within reach, but its too little too late and the Stars fall 6-5.

The season finale had both teams producing almost opening night rosters, the biggest difference is the Avs played their top goalie Varlamov all night the Stars due to minor injuries and wanting to rest their top 2 goalies started Carlton Point. Point despite the score had a good night, the Stars defense should have been much better and an early 2 power play goals did not help his night. The Stars continued to make mistakes all game totaling 14 giveaways and plenty of things for the Stars to work on.

The offensive production is a very good sign however, Jamie Benn & Tyler Seguin combined for 13 shots on goal plus a bunch of shot attempts and getting 5 past Varlamov is no easy task.

Brett Richie dropped the gloves early in the second with Ian Cole and received a 10-minute misconduct as it was deemed he punched Cole in the back of the head after the players fell to the ice.

Valeri Nichushkin & Stephen Johns and both the Stars net minders were the only ‘guaranteed’ Stars to sit this game out the rest of the lineup was pretty similar to what we will expect to see on Oct 4th.

Jim Montgomery was not happy with the performance, he liked the offensive production but was not happy with the turnovers and the amount of time and space we gave Colorado in our defensive zone. Jim has till Tuesday to cut the roster down to 23 players.

 

It is finally October, hockey is here!! Be Loud, Wear Green & GO STARS!!!

 

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Preseason finale

Preseason finale

Stars Preview

The Dallas Stars will round up their strong preseason tonight at home against the Colorado Avalanche. The game will be available to watch on dallasstars.com seats are also available – get your tickets here.

The Stars have dominated preseason with a 4-1-1 record they will look to take down the Avs for the second time, Dallas left Denver with a 3-1 win a few days ago.

 

Dallas Stars Roster

The forward lineups are not confirmed but Benn, Seguin & Radulov are expected to start tonight, Nichushkin is likely to rest. For defense expect to see Klingberg & Miro in the lineup, Stephen Johns will not play however, it is believed he could be ready for practice on Tuesday.

Both stars goalies will rest, Big Ben & Doby will be good to go for October 4th. Carlton Point will get the nod for tonights game, could this be a sign that if any injurys occur in the season he will get the call? Or does coach Montgomery still want to see him one more time first?

 

Preseason thoughts

Well it is hard not to get excited about the Stars preseason and first games under new head coach Jim Montgomery, but it is only preseason, and there are many factors to consider when analyzing the wins and loss. But ultimately we really like what we have seen from both the Stars and the new coach, there is a feeling of winning in the air and with that comes belief and that is important and required if the Stars are going to bring another cup home. The final game feels important as it is back in front of a home crowd at the AAC, and the Stars want to bounce back from the loss in St Louis and start the season on a high.

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Stars drop first preseason game to Blues

Stars drop first preseason game to Blues

The Dallas Stars couldn’t keep their 100% points record alive (if there were points in preseason…) as they fall to the Blues.

For the first time under Montgomery the Stars scored less than 3 goals in the game, the Stars traveled to St. Louis the same day as the game which may explain why they were out shot 14-4 in the first period, however, these travel scenario’s can happen in the regular season so they need to find a way to be ready!

Both teams game out with the most regular season line-ups yet, Landon Bow played the entire game for the Stars but played fantastic and kept the Stars in the game allowing just 2 shots past him. Jake Allen stole the show in the 2nd & 3rd period where the Stars out shot the Blues 18-12.

Benn, Seguin & Radulov were all in the lineup but from the score sheet did not look to impress, despite plenty of ice time.

Some good news is that the Stars managed a 100% penalty kill, getting through 5 of the Blue’s power plays. The Stars themselves went 0/3 on the power play.

The 1st period ended as it started at 0-0, the Blues then opened the Scoring early in the 2nd and added to their lead early in the 3rd with goals from O’Reilly & Schwartz. The Stars pulled Bow and Janmark & Spezza set Comeau up to bring the Stars back to within a shot, however with 7 seconds to go Tarasenko gets his first goal of the season into the empty net giving us a final score of 3-1 Blues.

This could be good news for the Stars, it gives them the emotion of a loss and a spark to get back on a winning streak when the games don’t count, however, the important news is that head coach Montgomery was not happy with the way the team played and is making sure it doesn’t happen again. Sometimes you play perfectly and loose, but when you play badly you almost never win, Monte wants to make sure the Stars always bring their A-Game and we don’t see repeats of the end of last season. It will be an interesting final game of the season to watch against the Avalanche on Sunday.

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Stars take down the Avalanche

Stars take down the Avalanche

The Dallas Stars headed to the mile high city to take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Centre last night.

Both lineups had top forward and defensive players resting, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Alexander Radulov & Mattias Janmark all sat this one out for the Stars forwards, Tyson Barrie & MacKinnon were among the Colorado top lines who were also resting.

The no.1 goalies however had their chance to shine in a full game, Ben Bishop stopped all shots he faced 5-on-5, and just let one shot past him on an Avs power play. Varlamov for the Avalanche also let one shot past him on a Stars power play along with two more to push the Stars to a 3 – 1 victory.

The Avs opened the scoring in the first on the power play when Ty Lewis picked up his first goal of the preseason, the Stars found the equalizer within a minute of the 2nd period when Roope Hintz got his 3rd goal of the preseason and awarding the Stars a power play goal.

Tyler Pitlick and Julius Honka added 2 goals for the Stars in the 3rd period to give the Stars the win.

Coach Montgomery was once again happy with the performance, after the game he said the Stars didn’t find their legs in the first, but in the second and third periods they were fast and played well. Monte is especially happy with all the potential 4th or even 3rd liners, he has a lot of players who are playing really well, he mentions Ritchie, Hintz, Dickinson, Smith among a few that are impressing him every night and loves that the Stars have depth, he knows if injury strikes the Stars have cover that can step up.

The head coach also commented on how excellent Ben Bishop played, and was impressed at how he stepped right in and looked unstoppable.

The Stars also managed to walk away from the game with ZERO giveaways, that is something I would really like to see every night! Some of the most painful games in the past have been on a silly turnover that has cost us the game, if Monte’s system has us playing fast and in control of the puck I am really excited to see just how far this team will go.

But once again, it may only be preseason, but its another win for the Stars who go 4-0-1 for the Preseason, the Stars have their 2nd game against the Blues on Friday before rounding up the Preseason at home to the Avs on Sunday (the game against the Avs will be streamed live on dallasstars.com – FINALLY).

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Hintz on top line, Stars sweep Wild in preseason

Hintz on top line, Stars sweep Wild in preseason

The biggest story coming out of the second preseason game against the Minnesota Wild is Roope Hintz the 2015 2nd round pick of the Dallas Stars got his shot on the first line centering Jamie Benn & Alexander Radulov. Hintz played a great game netting the first goal for the Stars and setting up Jamie Benn’s game winning goal.

Coach Montgomery, Jamie Benn and other Stars players were all impressed with his game and thought he played well and is ready for the NHL.

With yet another rookie looking good in Dallas questions are being asked about Jim Montgomery who is about to take on his first NHL season. He seems to be able to bring the best out of these young players, players that are first round draft picks but previously have not earnt a spot/looked ready for the NHL. I think Montgomery is able to help these young players make the transition and it would be great to see some future Stars of the Dallas Stars and indeed the NHL hit the ice sooner rather than later.

The other story coming out of the game is that it was another win for the Stars, they go 2 for 2 against the Wild in this preseason and are 3-0-1 overall, it’s only preseason but it feels good to be winning!

The Stars and Wild had a more NHL looking lineup for this match up, Dubnik the no.1 goalie for the Wild played the entire game and gave up 5 goals on 37 shots. Khudobin played the entire game for the Stars stopping 27 of 30 shots.

Heiskanen lead all Stars with 23 minutes on the ice, he saw time on both the power play and penalty kill too. Benn lead the Stars with 7 shots on goal, 2 of them found their way past Dubnik to give the Stars a 5-3 win.

The Stars were 50% on the penalty kill and 33% on the power play. Montgomery is focusing on 5-on-5 but knows the special teams are important, he also mentioned in the overtime loss to Florida that 3-on-3 needs work too. Let’s hope we have time to perfect these areas before Oct 4.

 

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Stars fall to Panthers in OT

Stars fall to Panthers in OT

The Dallas Stars dropped their first preseason game, losing in OT to the Florida Panthers.

Both teams had plenty of rookies on the ice and Montgomery was pleased with the performance of his team. The Panthers opened the scoring in the 2nd with a power play goal Gurianov tied the game a few seconds later only for the Panthers to regain their lead a minute later. Devin Shore then tied the game up on the power play before Gemel Smith put the Stars ahead for the first time in the game late in the 2nd.

Florida tied the game up in the 3rd sending the game to Overtime. MacDonald would get the game winning goal for the Panthers and the Stars go 2-0-1 in the preseason.

The game was played at BOK Center, Tulsa – the fans made it feel like a home game for the Stars.

So a well played game both Stars rookie goaltenders, Point & Bow, had plenty of time on the ice and impressed head coach Montgomery who may have lost his 100% winning streak but still holds on to a 100% point streak… if this was the regular season.

 

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Stars go 2 for 2 with win against Wild

Stars go 2 for 2 with win against Wild

The Dallas Stars played their second preseason game and came away with another win defeating the Wild 3-1 in Minnesota.

Montgomery opted to rest his veteran players for this match up and see what the younger guys could do. It resulted in a better overall performance and coming away with the win was a big plus.

This game saw Miro Heiskenen pick up his first NHL goal as he opened the scoring early in the first period with a one-timer from the point. New back up goalie Khudobin stopped all the shots he faced and looked good in his first action as a Dallas Stars netminder. Colton Point also saw his first time on the ice in the NHL and looked good and felt comfortable stopping 12 of 13 shots he faced.

The Wild had their number one goalie Dubnik in net but after Hieskenen’s early goal the Stars regained their lead with a nice tip from Dowling and secured the win with an empty netter from Faksa. Valeri Nichushkin was the only proposed top 6 forward to play, Benn, Seguin, Radulov, Spezza & Janmark all sat this one out – this is a good sign for depth scoring and ability for the Stars.

Overall a great start, it is of course only the preseason but a win is a win and lets all get used to Montgomery’s winning record from day one!

 

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Stars defeat Blues in first pre-season game

Stars defeat Blues in first pre-season game

The Dallas Stars start the 2018 preseason with a 5-3 win over the St Louis Blues.

The first game at American Airlines center saw Miro Heiskanen partner with Klingberg, the top line of Seguin, Benn & Radulov remained intact and Spezza centered Mattias Janmark and Nichuskin.

The Stars overall were happy with the performance, they felt they didn’t play well and had some chaotic moments but still came away with the win, and that is what’s important and gives them areas to work on.

Personally I am very happy to see Spezza coming away with the game winning goal, Radulov scored twice one into the empty net to seal the win. Seguin scored and Benn picked up 2 points. To me that’s the perfect start, the top two lines coming out and proving they want to win and making sure it happens. Something I am happy to watch all year long.