The Stars entered the season with plenty of hope, but nothing went their way. By Oct. 19th, they were a dreadful 1-7-1 and seemed more likely to compete for a lottery spot than have the deep playoff run that they were eyeing. Then their season had a complete 180.
With a 2-1 shootout win against Chicago last night, Dallas has improved to 13-1-1 over its last 15 games, bringing its overall record to 14-8-2. The Stars have climbed to second in the Central Division and sit just three points behind the St. Louis Blues.
A huge part of their success has been their goaltending. Ben Bishop is 7-1-0 with a 1.85 GAA and .942 save percentage over his last 10 starts. As amazing as that is, Anton Khudobin has been even better from Oct. 19th onwards with a 6-0-1 record, 1.57 GAA, and .948 save percentage in seven contests. With a one-two combo like that in goal, it’s no wonder Dallas has managed to turn its season around.
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VANCOUVER 2 WASHINGTON 1 (SO)
Jakub Vrana scored a goal for the Capitals. He has 11 goals and 19 points in 25 games.
Elias Pettersson netted Vancouver’s non-shootout goal. He’s up to 10 goals and 29 points in 24 contests.
Quinn Hughes contributed an assist for the Canucks. That gives him two goals and 18 points in 23 games.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 32 of 33 shots in regulation time. He was perfect in seven shootout rounds to pick up the win.
Braden Holtby saved 32 of 33 shots before the shootout. He allowed a goal in a seven shootout rounds, which drops his record to 11-2-4.
CALGARY 3 PHILADELPHIA 2 (SO)
David Rittich saved 36 of 38 shots in regulation time. He held the fort in three shootout rounds to collect the win.
Carter Hart turned aside 25 of 27 shots in the skills competition. He was beaten once in two shootout rounds.
Kevin Hayes scored a goal for the Flyers. It was his sixth goal and 10th point in 23 games.
Elias Lindholm found the back of the net in the third period. The Flames forward has 11 goals and 18 points in 26 contests.
Andrew Mangiapane also scored a goal for Calgary. He has five goals and nine points in 24 games.
ARIZONA 3 LOS ANGELES 2
Antti Raanta saved 43 of 45 Kings shots. He has a 5-2-2 record, 2.62 GAA, and .926 save percentage in nine starts.
At the other end of the ice, Jonathan Quick faced only 18 shots and surrendered two goals. That ended his four-game winning streak.
Anze Kopitar netted a power-play goal for Los Angeles. He has nine goals and 24 points in 23 games.
Christian Fischer scored the game-winning goal. It was his second marker and third point in 23 contests.
Phil Kessel also found the back of the net for Arizona. That gives him four goals and 14 points in 24 games.
TORONTO 5 COLORADO 3
Auston Matthews scored a goal and registered an assist. He’s up to 16 goals and 30 points in 25 games.
Tyson Barrie also chipped in a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs. That gives him two goals and 10 points in 25 contests.
Frederik Andersen saved 34 of 37 shots last night. He has allowed at least three goals in four of his last five starts.
Nazem Kadri assisted on two of the Avalanche’s three goals. This was his first game against his former team since being traded.
WINNIPEG 4 COLUMBUS 3
Gustav Nyquist found the back of the net for the Blue Jackets. It was his fourth goal and 14th point in 22 games.
Andrew Copp scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him four goals and 11 points in 24 games.
Blake Wheeler also contributed a goal and an assist for Winnipeg. He has six goals and 14 points in 24 contests.
Laurent Brossoit saved 27 of 30 shots for Winnipeg. He left the game midway through the third period though because he was cramping up. Connor Hellebuyck stepped in and made five saves the rest of the way.
Elvis Merzlikins turned aside 27 of 31 Jets shots. He’s 0-2-3 with a 3.54 GAA and .890 save percentage in six contests.
BOSTON 5 MINNESOTA 4 (OT)
Patrice Bergeron assisted on four of Boston’s five goals. He’s up to eight goals and 24 points in 21 contests this season.
Torey Krug netted the overtime winner and registered two assists. That gives him three goals and 16 points in 18 games.
Tuukka Rask saved 32 of 36 Wild shots. He’s won four consecutive starts, bringing his record up to 11-2-2.
Kevin Fiala contributed a goal for Minnesota. He has five goals and nine points in 18 games.
Alex Stalock surrendered five goals on 39 shots. Minnesota had a 4-2 lead late in the third, but Boston scored two goals in the final two minutes of regulation time to force overtime and eventually get the win.
NY RANGERS 6 MONTREAL 5
Montreal jumped out to a 4-0 lead by 2:51 of the second period, thanks in part to Max Domi, who had two goals and an assist in the contest. He has six goals and 16 points in 23 games.
Brendan Lemieux played a big role in the Rangers’ comeback with two goals. He’s up to three markers and nine points in 20 games.
Artemi Panarin scored a goal and registered an assist. He has 12 goals and 27 points in 21 contests. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 38 of 43 Canadiens shots. He surrendered three goals on 18 shots in the first period.
At the other end of the ice, Carey Price kicked out 28 of 34 shots. He was beaten three times on nine shots in the third frame.
TAMPA BAY 6 ANAHEIM 2
Brayden Point scored two goals, including the game winner. He has seven goals and 15 points in 17 games.
Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and registered an assist for the Lightning. That gives him seven goals and 20 points in 19 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 of 38 shots last night. He’s 8-6-0 with a 2.88 GAA and .908 save percentage in 14 starts.
Derek Grant chipped in a goal for Anaheim. That gives him six goals and nine points in 24 games.
Ryan Miller stopped 21 of 27 Lightning shots. He has a 3-1-2 record, 3.14 GAA, and .899 save percentage in seven contests.
NEW JERSEY 5 DETROIT 1
Detroit’s lone goal was scored by Taro Hirose. It was his second goal and seventh point in 20 games.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 of 33 shots Saturday night. He’s surrendered at least three goals in each of his last four starts.
Blake Coleman contributed a pair of goals for New Jersey. He has seven goals and 10 points in 22 games.
Taylor Hall scored a goal and recorded an assist. The Devils forward has four goals and 20 points in 22 contests.
Louis Domingue stopped 19 of 20 Red Wings shots. It was his first NHL start of the 2019-20 campaign.
CAROLINA 4 FLORIDA 2
Sergei Bobrovsky saved 30 of 33 shots on Saturday. He dropped to 9-5-4 with a 3.45 GAA and .888 save percentage in 20 games.
At the other end of the ice, Petr Mrazek saved 21 of 23 shots. Through 16 starts, he’s 11-4-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .903 save percentage.
Teuvo Teravainen assisted on three of Carolina’s four goals. That gives him six goals and 24 points in 23 games.
Dougie Hamilton scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has 10 goals and 25 points in 23 contests.
Brian Boyle contributed a goal for Florida. He has four goals and eight points in 15 games.
NASHVILLE 4 ST. LOUIS 2
Colton Sissons scored the game-winning goal. It was his sixth goal and 12th point in 22 games.
Calle Jarnkrok also had a goal for the Predators. He has eight goals and 15 points in 22 contests.
Jaden Schwartz found the back of the net for St. Louis. That gives him six goals and 18 points in 24 games.
Jordan Binnington saved 39 of 42 shots last night. He’s 11-4-4 with a 2.23 GAA and .926 save percentage in 19 starts.
Juuse Saros turned aside 24 of 26 Blues shots. With that, he earned his first win since Oct. 26th.
DALLAS 2 CHICAGO 1 (SO)
Olli Maatta accounted for Chicago’s goal. It was his first marker and seventh point in 23 games.
Dallas’ non-shootout goal was scored by Roope Hintz. He has 10 goals and 12 points in 17 contests.
Alexander Radulov assisted on Hintz’s goal. He has six goals and 12 points in 24 games.
Anton Khudobin saved 38 of 39 shots in regulation time. He was perfect in two shootout rounds.
Robin Lehner stopped 40 of 41 shots before the shootout. He was beaten twice in the shootout though, which denied him the win.
EDMONTON 4 VEGAS 2
Connor McDavid led the charge for the Oilers with a pair of goals. He’s up to 18 goals and 46 points in 25 games.
Leon Draisaitl assisted on three of Edmonton’s four goals. He has 16 goals and 47 points in 25 contests.
Mike Smith saved 25 of 27 shots last night. He improved to 7-6-1 with a 2.66 GAA and .911 save percentage in 14 starts.
One of Vegas’ two goals was scored by Cody Eakin. It was his third marker and seventh point in 21 games.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 of 31 shots last night. He has an 11-6-2 record, 2.54 GAA, and .919 save percentage in 20 games.
SAN JOSE 2 NY ISLANDERS 1 (OT)
The Islanders’ lone goal was scored by Casey Cizikas. He has four goals and seven points in 16 contests.
Logan Couture netted the overtime winner. It was his fifth goal and 24th point in 24 games.
San Jose’s other goal was contributed by Marcus Sorensen. That gives him four goals and seven points in 21 contests.
Martin Jones stopped 27 of 28 Islanders shots. He has a 9-8-1 record, 3.20 GAA, and .889 save percentage in 19 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Semyon Varlamov saved 24 of 26 shots. He’s 7-2-2 with a 2.63 GAA and .913 save percentage in 11 starts.