Stars’ Hemsky could be out ‘a little bit’ with lower-body injury

Jared Clinton
Ales Hemsky (via Streamable)

The Dallas Stars haven’t been bitten too badly by the injury bug this season, but they could be without smooth-skating playmaker Ales Hemsky for at least a few games after he left Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets following a blocked shot.

Hemsky was out on a defensive-zone faceoff late in the second period. The Stars lost the faceoff and the puck ended up on the tape of Fedor Tyutin, who loaded up and let go a slapshot that Hemsky blocked with what appeared to the top of his left foot. Hemsky immediately fell to the ice. Play was stopped shortly thereafter and Hemsky hobbled to the dressing room: Read more

Year in review: Top 10 trades of 2015

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Be it trade deadline deals or big off-season moves, 2015 wasn’t short on big names getting moved in the hockey world. Cap crunches and playoffs misses yielded the trades of core players, while some big name deals had the hockey world shocked at how quickly things can change.

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Watch Brian Elliott rob Ales Hemsky with incredible reaching glove stop

Jared Clinton
Brian Elliott (via NHL/YouTube)

Dallas Stars winger Ales Hemsky has always been more of a setup man than a pure goal scorer, but the 32-year-old is on pace for the lowest full season goal total of his career with just three goals through 36 games. He was inches away from his fourth tally, though, before Blues goaltender Brian Elliott made one of the best saves of the season.

In the second frame of Sunday’s game against St. Louis, Hemsky found himself alone to the right of the Blues net when a puck bounced right onto his tape. With Elliott down and out, Hemsky had what appeared to be a tap in, but when he smacked the puck toward the net, it was met with a huge glove stop: Read more

Watch Patrick Sharp score against Blackhawks with perfectly placed shot

Jared Clinton
Patrick Sharp (Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

The off-season trade that sent Patrick Sharp to the Stars wasn’t really shocking considering the Blackhawks’ salary cap situation, but watching the veteran winger in a Dallas jersey is still an odd sight — even more so when he’s scoring against Chicago.

Sharp has been good for the Stars this season, and he looked it once again Tuesday against the Blackhawks. With Dallas leading 1-0 as the second period began, Sharp wasted no time doubling the lead and doing so in the same fashion he scored many of his goals as a Blackhawk: flying down the wing and perfectly placing a shot.

It took Sharp just 11 seconds to turn up ice, slip past Duncan Keith, receive a pass from Jamie Benn and pick a corner — one that most players in the league wouldn’t have been able to — over the shoulder of Chicago netminder Corey Crawford: Read more

Watch Jamie Benn level Jeff Petry with booming hit, create turnover for Stars goal

Jared Clinton
Jamie Benn levels Jeff Petry (via Streamable)

Stars captain Jamie Benn may be the most prototypical, old-school power forward in the league, and there may ben no play in Benn’s career that encapsulates just what he brings to the Dallas lineup than a goal he was responsible for creating Saturday against Montreal.

With the Stars up 3-1 in the second frame, defenseman Alex Goligoski took a shot that was stopped by Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon. Condon’s save turned the play around and Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry was attempting to clear the Canadiens zone when he was absolutely levelled by Benn with a clean, hard hit.

Instead of the puck exiting the zone on Petry’s attempt, it ended up on Benn’s stick after a quick pass from Tyler Seguin. Benn skated in and fired the puck off the post only seconds before Goligoski made a pass to Seguin, who made no mistake and buried a laser wrist shot past Condon. Words barely do the sequence justice. Check it out: Read more

Power Rankings: Caps and Stars NHL’s models of consistency

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Washington Capitals (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

There’s no secret to why the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars occupy the top two spots in the NHL standings and in thn.com’s Power Rankings this week. It’s because they’ve both been models of consistency this season.

In fact, they’re the only two teams in the NHL that have not lost successive games so far this season. The Capitals, in fact, are the hottest team in the league with an 8-1-1 record in their past 10 and a stretch in which they’ve picked up at least one point in 13 of their past 15 games. (Last week’s rankings in parentheses.)

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Antti Niemi got a win without stopping a single shot — here’s how

Jared Clinton
Antti Niemi (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Dallas Stars goaltender Antti Niemi has had a weird season.

In his Stars debut he made history by becoming the first player in league history to record two assists and a shutout in the same game. Then there was the game where his jersey was misspelled. Then came Tuesday night when Niemi again had the bizarre occur by accomplishing what only three other goaltenders have accomplished since 1987-88: winning a game without facing a single shot.

Niemi came into Tuesday’s thrilling game against the Carolina Hurricanes with less than seven minutes remaining in the contest after Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen allowed his fifth goal of the contest. Lehtonen’s fifth goal against allowed the Hurricanes to claw back into a game that was 4-0 in favor of the Stars after the first frame and 5-1 by the time the second period closed.

With the game tied 5-5, all Niemi needed was to hold the fort while Dallas notched another goal. With 19 second remaining, Patrick Sharp did just that and the Stars emerged with a 6-5 victory. Because Sharp’s goal came with Niemi in goal and the game tied, Niemi was the goaltender of record even though he didn’t see a single shot. Read more