Don’t expect to see Kris Versteeg in the Blackhawks’ lineup for Friday’s big game in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old winger was benched for most of last night’s Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, his last shift coming in the second period when Dustin Brown scored to tie the contest 3-3.
As you can see, Versteeg couldn’t make the play along the boards to make sure the puck got out. On top of that, he was also on the ice for the Kings’ first goal. And let’s just say he had a pretty great view of it:
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said today that he may tweak the lineup for tomorrow’s game. Peter Regin, Joakim Nordstrom, and Jeremy Morin were among the scratches last night.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.