Dallas Stars: Samuel Pahlsson

Thursday tidbits: Back-to-back efforts

February, 2, 2012
2/02/12
9:04
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A few tidbits for your Thursday morning.

*With last night's win over the Ducks, the Stars improved to 4-4-2 in the first games of back-to-back sets this season. As has been mentioned often, it's the second game that's been the big issue. They are 0-7-1 in those games so far this season. Here's a look at how the Stars have fared in back-to-backs in 2011-12.



*A power play note from last night's game. Defenseman Sheldon Souray, who has been averaging 2:24 of power play time per game this season, didn't see any PP time last night. The Stars went with blue line combinations of Alex Goligoski-Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley-Philip Larsen last night. They give up the big cannon, but that's a pretty mobile group on the blue line.

*The Los Angeles Kings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 last night on a power play goal by Drew Doughty with 0.4 seconds remaining in regulation. Video replays below show that the game clock stopped briefly at 1.8 seconds, restarted and then Doughty scores.

Here's an excerpt from the NHL.com recap:
Columbus' Samuel Pahlsson took a hooking penalty with 1:06 left in regulation, and the Kings buzzed away in the Jackets' zone. Curtis Sanford made a pair of stops in the final eight seconds on Anze Kopitar, and with time running out the puck came to Doughty, whose snap shot through traffic barely beat the final horn. Referee Steven Walkom originally waved off the goal, but video replay showed the puck crossed the goal line with less than a second to play -- though television replays indicated that the game clock stopped briefly with 1.8 seconds remaining before starting again.

Here's the video. Watch the clock when it hits 1.8 seconds.

Saturday tidbits: Brad Richards and the C-word

February, 19, 2011
2/19/11
10:53
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The Stars have been not said much about the specifics of the injury keeping Brad Richards out of action, leaving people to speculate about what it might be. But coach Marc Crawford finally used the C-word (concussion-like symptoms) when referring to what ails Richards, according to the Vancouver Sun.

“No, we’ve categorized it. Nobody wants to say the word, but he’s got concussion-like symptoms, and we’re being real careful. He’s doing his baseline testing, I think, today,” Crawford told the Sun on Friday.

The entire Sun story on Crawford talking about Richards and head injuries is here.

Richards was injured in the final minute of Sunday's game against Columbus when he was hit in the neutral zone by Blue Jackets forward Samuel Pahlsson.

Below is the video of the hit.

Standings watch

The Stars moved up one spot in the Western Conference Friday night, climbing to sixth place after Minnesota beat Anaheim 5-1. The Ducks fell to eighth in the conference. The Stars and Ducks are still tied at 68 points and the movement is a tiebreaker thing. Those tiebreakers could end up being important and the end of the season the way things are shaping up.

It’s not all good news though. Minnesota, which is in tenth place in the conference, is at 67 points and just one point behind the Stars and the other three team at 68 points.

Games to keep an eye on tonight: Los Angeles at New York Islanders; Anaheim at St. Louis; Phoenix at Nashville; Colorado at San Jose.

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