The Arizona Coyotes had just tied the game when Martin Hanzal’s wrap around attempt banked in off Jordie Benn’s skate.
The Dallas Stars nearly took the lead shortly thereafter if it wasn’t for Luke Schenn.
Brett Ritchie and Oliver Ekman-Larsson battle for the puck in front of the net. Ritchie’s swipe at the puck causes it to dribble towards the open goal. All the sudden Schenn comes flying into the crease.
He initially misses the puck and lands on the ice. He has to flip his stick around so it hooks the puck right as it crosses the goal line.
The goal horn goes off and the Stars celebrate. It’s immediately reviewed by officials and overturned.
The game was tied at 2-2 when the two teams entered the third period. That’s when Jamie Benn reminded people he’s Jamie f-ing Benn.
Big Brother Jordie blasts a pass from behind the blueline to a streaking Jamie at the opposite blueline. The Stars captain flies into the offensive zone.
He gives Louis Domingue a sweet fake that the netminder totally bites on. Then Benn whips around the net and scores on the wrap around.
The goal put the Stars up 3-2 and would stand as the game winner.
In June 2016, Dave Strader announced he was temporarily stepping away from by broadcast booth for the Dallas Stars to concentrate on his fight against cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer of the bile duct.
Strader is currently undergoing treatment in upstate New York. He has a gap in his treatment schedule that aligns with the team’s upcoming homestand. The Stars announced Strader will make his season debut on Saturday and call all five home games.
Daryl “Razor” Reaugh moved from color analyst to play-by-play while Strader receives treatment.
No one was entirely sure if we’d see Strader at all this season.
Military veteran Nevada Grassie attended his first hockey game at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Wednesday night. Along side him was another first time attendee, K-9 “Six,” Mr. Grassie’s service dog.
Kyle Bukauskas of Sportsnet had a quick interview with the pair during a stoppage in the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens game.
Grassie said Six accompanies him wherever he goes and ‘helps him out’ with whatever he’s in need of.
The loud, rambunctious crowd is no problem for Six. Just look at how happy and calm she is as her human is interviewed.
/dies of cuteness overload
Late in the second period, the always intense Arizona Coyotes netminder Mike Smith decided he’d had enough of the Dallas Stars and their (perceived) shenanigans around his goal crease.
A poke at the puck after the whistle by Radek Faska set Smith off.
This reaction by Smith was hilarious to Faksa. Seriously, he was laughing as the increasingly unhinged goaltender chased after him on the ice.
Right after Cody Eakin was tossed from Thursday’s game for slamming into Henrik Lundqvist’s head pretty much everyone knew the Dallas Stars forward would be suspended. It was just a matter of the Department of Player Safety handing down their ruling.
On Friday afternoon, Player Safety announced Eakin will miss the next four games. He’ll forfeit $85,555.56 total salary for charging.
The greater Manhattan area held their collective breath Thursday night as Henrik Lundqvist was down on all fours on the ice.
Lundqvist, in his first game back after sitting the last four, was puck handling in the trapezoid. With his head down, King Henrik had no idea that Cody Eakin was about to shake his brain in his skull.
Eakin’s shoulder makes direct contact with Lundqvist’s head and blasts the helmet off the netminder.