STARS CONTINUE STRUGGLE @ HOME
VANCOUVER- Jaroslav Halak , who was acquired in the pre-season from the Winnipeg Jets, got his 1st Shutout in a Stars jersey, as he made 36 saves(7/7 gr’s) in a 4-0 score! Cam Atkinson had two Goals while defenseman Erik Gustafsson had a Goal & an assist to lead the offense!
MINNESOTA- Sergei Bobrovsky , after signing a long-term lucrative extension with the Stars , certainly did’nt earn his paycheck in this one, as the last-place Wild went 2/4 on the Power-Play & beat Bob rather handily by the score of 4-1! Nathan MacKinnon got the GW Goal , while Goaltender Jimmy Howard played out of his $&#!@ , making 35 saves(9/9 gr’s) which prompted Coach Hunter to say post-game ” We made Jimmy look like an All-Star, hope someone checks those Goalie pads,they look a little large!”
TAMPA BAY- Rookie Netminder Jordan Binnington, with Jimmy Howard Model Goalie Pads(see story above), stopped the first 44 shots before a late penalty to Darnell Nurse led to Brad Marchand scoring on the 45th shot, a Power-Play Goal with just two minutes left! That tied the score at one apiece as Jaro Halak was steady in the Star’s net! In OT, Binnington made another game-saving stop on Brayden Point(rating)! We go to the Shootout & all of a sudden, neither Goalie could stop a Beachball! 1st Star Jordan Binnington managed to stop Timo Meier after giving up 4 Goals in the Shootout, but Halak only made one save in 6 Shooters as veteran Anze Kopitar got the 2-1 Game-Deciding Goal!
NEW YORK I- The 2nd place Islanders scored 3 Power-Play Goals for an early 4-1 lead, then Dallas got close at 4-3 when Mike Hoffman scored 6 minutes into period 3! Anthony Mantha then started a barrage that would see the arena empty out early, as Mantha scored twice to complete his “Hat Trick” & the Islanders would score 5 straight for a 9-3 Shellacking! Mantha added two Assists for a 5-Point night, all this & without their Offensive leader Patrice Bergeron who was left home with an upper-body Injury! Coach Hunter was livid saying ” Viktor(Arvy) & Josh(Manson) were in the pressbox tonight, but I seen 18 other guys that could have joined them”
VEGAS- A bad line change(Lose-Puck Breakaway) led to 4th liner J T Miller scoring(1-15)for the 1-0 lead! The Knights 4th line got it back when 5th Overall Rookie pick Miro Heiskanen found the net! Vegas generated more scoring chances than Dallas the rest of the way , but Bobrovsky kept the red-light off! With under two minutes to play , the Stars Viktor Arvidsson(1-18)one-timed a Tyler Bertuzzi pass for the GW Goal in a 2-1 score! Coach Hunter postgame ” After giving up 9 the game before, We showed more fight( well Wilson did, He had a bout with Parise) & that was the momentum changer”