Dallas Stars Daily Links: Battle of the Backups

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    The winner of Colorado vs Dallas might very well come down to the play of the teams’ backup goaltenders. Plus, other keys to the Stars’ success, some controversy in Vegas, and more.

    After injuring himself in Game 1, Phillip Grubaeur is presumably out for the foreseeable future. Jared Bednar and the Colorado Avalanche will instead have to rely on backup goaltender Pavel Francouz, who filled in admirably for Grubauer when he was injured prior to the pause:

    “It was like having another starter when ‘Gruby’ went out… He’s an easy guy to like, our guys play hard for him, he’s always been a hard worker and holds himself to a high standard. He’s a real good evaluator of his game and he’ll do anything he can to help us win.”

    If that sounds familiar, it’s because the Dallas Stars have been in the same exact boat with Ben Bishop’s injury. Anton Khudobin is more of a “1-B” goaltender as opposed to a true backup, but he’s certainly been playing like a “1-A”:

    “He’s been long enough in the league, and I’d say he was most of the time he was a backup, but now he has his chance and he’s there for us,” said teammate Alexander Radulov. “We’re helping him; he’s helping us. He’s a good goalie and we believe in him, so that’s good that we have him.”

    More from Heika — the Stars should be in good shape so long as their defensemen continue to step up to the plate:

    In Game 1 against Colorado Roope Hintz scored his first goal of the [email protected] has the story of how Hintz’s scoring could be the linchpin to the Stars’ sustained offensive success.#GoStars https://t.co/TIXgItGti7

    You think you were taken aback by the NHL’s decision to start Game 1 on Saturday? The Stars were even more surprised:

    Dickinson’s Diary, Part 4: We just woke up on Friday, and Jim Nill was like, ‘Hey, guys, they want to start tomorrow, so be ready.’ https://t.co/ssKrEXb0LI

    The Tampa Bay Lightning scored two late goals to make it close, but ultimately fell 3-2 to the Boston Bruins:

    The Vegas Golden Knights, meanwhile, kept their shutout, embarrassing the Vancouver Canucks with a 5-0 opener:

    Our old pal Antoine Roussel was at it again last night for the Canucks, getting ten minutes for… umm… this:

    If you missed the whole “Marc-Andre Fleury’s agent’s tweet” controversy from the weekend, here’s the rub:

    How did we get to the point where Allan Walsh Tweeted a picture of Marc-Andre Fleury, skewered with a bloody sword with Peter DeBoer’s name on it?I don’t have all the answers. But here’s my best explanation.On @TheAthleticNHL-https://t.co/5yxcN77Eii

    « As long as we’re winning, it doesn’t matter whoever plays… I’m very blessed to be part of this team and to be teammates with Marc. »Robin Lehner talked about the recent headlines surrounding Marc-Andre Fleury and him.https://t.co/l7t1bYyjkc

    What can teams learn from the remaining eight teams? Down Goes Brown has got you covered:

    New post: In a copycat NHL, here are eight lessons we can hope the league will learn from the eight teams left. https://t.co/uADetoMZJA pic.twitter.com/bD6SDhrhMP

    Finally, after another first round exit, the Washington Capitals have fired head coach Todd Reirden after just two seasons. Here are some potential replacement options



    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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