Saturday night, longtime Dallas Stars play-by-play man and cancer survivor Dave Strader returned to the booth after a 283-day absence.
Last May, Strader visited several doctors in New York after feeling sick. Strader had his gall bladder removed, but doctors discovered that he had cholangiocarcinoma, an inoperable bile duct cancer. Strader started chemotherapy treatments and has been battling ever since.
“It’s something I’ve been working toward this whole season, and my doctors said this fits in the schedule, so here we go,” Strader said to the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika. “We have tried several different treatments, and the doctors said this could help as much as anything else I could do.”
Despite missing the entire 2016-17 season, Strader seamlessly stepped back into the booth Saturday as if nothing ever happened. Strader expertly called an Antoine Roussel hat trick and Jamie Benn’s game-winning overtime goal. After the Stars 4-3 win, the players gave an emotional tribute to Strader by raising their sticks in the air towards the play-by-play booth.
During a dreadful season that gets more dreadful by the day, the 28th-ranked Dallas Stars may have finally hit rock bottom.
With 2:05 left in the first period, Stars forward Jiri Hudler attempted a drop pass on a delayed penalty. Except the puck slipped past defensemen Dan Hamhuis and John Klingberg and into the Dallas Stars’ empty net.
The Senators’ Chris Kelly, the man closest to the puck, was credited with the gift goal.
It’s been like 400 years since the Caps last won in Dallas, but don’t tell that to the 2016-17 team. A relatively sloppy, chippy affair and a few unfortunate officiating calls led to a 3-1 deficit, but the boys battled back and eventually won the game in an extra frame.
Andre Burakovsky got the party started with his ninth of the season beating three Stars players to a loose puck and burying a wrister behind Atlanta Thrasher great Kari Lehtonen. Soon after, Adam Cracknell would tip home a Jordie Benn point drive that went to review before being deemed a goal. We ended twenty minutes tied at one.
Patrick Eaves slotted a rebound home past Philipp Grubauer to make the game 2-1 Dallas and then controversy struck. Jamie Benn’s tap-in goal was originally washed out for “goaltender interference” by the officiating crew, but after review they reversed the call and the period would end 3-1 Stars.
The Great Eight left his mark on this one, tallying his 22nd of the season on the power play to make it 3-2 and the game would be tied only moments later as TJ Oshie tipped in his 17th of the year, also on the man advantage.
Jay Beagle won it early in overtime. Point streak to 13 games.
Caps beat Stars 4-3!
The Caps dads trip continues as the Caps take on the Dallas Stars in Texas tonight. John Carlson will not play again, since his lower-body injury has still not healed. Isabelle Khurshudyan, from the Washington Post, reported that Carlson did take some time to skate around the ice and said his injury was getting better. Hopefully, we’ll see him back on the ice soon. Meanwhile, the Stars begin their four home game stretch and will try to get a win they desperately need.
Puck drop is at 8:00 PM. Giddy up, Texas. I love Tyler Seguin.
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Photo: Ronald Martinez
This weekend’s game between the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars had the makings of an epic Saturday night bout. The Caps and Stars are the two highest scoring teams in the National Hockey League. They boast three of the league’s top four goal scorers and five of the top 15 point producers. Both teams are the best in the respective conferences, making this a possible, albeit premature Stanley Cup Final preview. Instead of a title fight, we got an episode of Tiny House Hunters as we sat stupefied, trying to make sense of the madness — at least for most of the game.
The first period wasn’t pretty, but the Caps made it to the dressing room with the score nil-nil.
In the second, the carnage began. Mattias Janmark opened the scoring on a two-on-one less than two minutes into the frame. Despite Braden Holtby’s best efforts, Dallas’s deadly Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin went to work, hitting the back of the net three more times. By the time the period was over, the the Capitals were getting outshot 25-11 and Seguin was just four goals behind Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.
Ovi added a PPG in the third to ruin Kari Lehtonen’s shut out and put Seguin back in his place. The next shot the Capitals took hit back of the as well as Justin Williams made it a two goal game, somewhat making up for his idiotic turnover that cost the Caps a goal earlier in the game. Resident good at hockey lately person Andre Burakovsky added his 15th point in 12 games to make it a one goal game. But the hole was just too big. Dallas held on with despite ending of high drama. Stars edge Caps, 4-3.
Photo: Melissa Lynn Photography
Tonight, the Caps go head-to-head with the Stars in what promises to be a gnarly hockey game. The Caps are merely aiming to pad their 17-point Metro lead (yawn), while the Stars are hoping to edge the Blackhawks for first in the Central. Both teams are offensive juggernauts and among the NHL’s best, if not the best.
Valentine’s Day is looming and the Caps are riding a five-game win streak, so cuddle your cat and/or break out the bubbly. The game is at 8, and it’s on CSN.
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The Capitals followed up a 2-1 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday with a 3-2 loss at home to the Dallas Stars the following night. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the OT winner against the Red Wings, and Alex Ovechkin finally scored goal number 484 on the Stars to become the highest scoring Russian player in the NHL.
For all intensive purposes, the Caps and Stars are both great teams–to the point that their talent is basically one in the same. In Thursday’s match-up, each team basically had the puck at their beckon call irregardless of the other team’s wishes. It was firewagon hockey. “I could care less,” each team basically said of the other’s attempts at defense, which was a mute point. Instead, offense basically wrecked havoc.
Tyler Seguin gave the Stars some leadway after a daring stretch pass and some net-front fury from Patrick Sharp, which wasn’t goalie interference after all. Nick Backstrom extracted revenge with a big bounce from the back boards to tie the game up before the first intermission.
A scoring pause began in the second period, but ex-Cap Cody Eakin nipped that in the butt in the third period with a heatseeker. In response, Alex Ovechkin became the best Russian scorer ever with a tip-in to tie the game. The Stars restored the lead by stripping John Carlson and getting Jason Spezza to rip a quick shot on net.
Stars beat Caps 3-2.
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