Dallas Stars Have Some Of The Strangest Luck In The NHL

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 23: (L-R) Alexander Radulov
DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 23: (L-R) Alexander Radulov /

A lot of odd things happen during the course of the NHL season. There are strange bounces, weird timing of hits and jaw-dropping goals that just seem off. The Dallas Stars are all too familiar with these, maybe even more so than the rest of the league.

The Dallas Stars defeated the Nashville Predators last night in a 4-3 shootout victory against all odds. Having not come out victors in any of their match-ups prior this season, Dallas was climbing an uphill battle facing the Predators.

They, however, proved their abilities yet again and came up victorious despite their numerous odd plays.

First Shot Down

Dallas started the game out by giving up a goal. On the first shot. In the opening 35 seconds of the first period. Not ideal to say the least.

The Stars, however, are likely victims of this kind of play. They oddly find themselves surrendering the first goal of the night on the very first shot against whichever goaltender is minding the net. From there, it’s typically a downward spiral to defeat.

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Unlike usual, though, they stuck with Ben Bishop in the crease and came out with the full two points.

Special Team Loss

The Stars also lost the special teams battle. The second goal for the Predators was a short-handed tally that gave them a multiple goal lead in the first period. Dallas came back and scored a power play goal a little later on, but that only evened out the field of special teams.

And it didn’t stay level for long. Nashville scored a tying goal in the third period — after the Stars had taken a surprising 3-2 lead — on a power play while Alexander Radulov sat in the box for high-sticking.

Even though they faltered in regulation as far as special teams are concerned, Dallas was able to turn it around in overtime. The Stars went down on a 4-on-3 penalty kill followed by another call against to give the Predators a 5-on-3 advantage.

This was the first time in 3-on-3 overtime that a team had given up a 5-on-3 power play. Luckily for the Stars, it also became the first time a team surrendered a 5-on-3 in overtime and was able to survive and win.

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Lady Luck

Although Dallas rarely follows a typical path in maneuvering the NHL season, they prove time and time again that they’re capable of overcoming even the strangest of occurrences.

Now, they’ll have a few days off to celebrate the Christmas holiday before heading on the road to Minnesota.