It’s been a hard week here in Texas. Although power, heat, and water have been returned to the majority of people, repairs are still a work in progress. First and foremost, we here at Stars Nation have to say a heartfelt thank you to all the small businesses and individuals who stepped up to help their friends and neighbors who were in trouble. This last week would have been much harder, and possibly more deadly without y’all.
The Dallas Stars have not been unaffected by the crisis here in Texas. All the Finns were staying with Esa Lindell:
Esa Lindell said he’s been hosting Miro Heiskanen and Roope Hintz during the power situation in Dallas. Mentioned they also stayed with him over the summer. They lost water for a day, but were fortunate otherwise in their living situation. #GoStars
— Brien Rea (@BrienRea) February 19, 2021
Anton Khudobin also had a bunch of teammates staying with him:
Anton Khudobin said there are 11 people staying in his place. We heard yesterday that Jamie Benn, Esa Lindell and Tyler Seguin were also housing teammates (perhaps including teammates' families).
— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) February 19, 2021
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin took in teammates too (even though Seguin is still in Canada). All in, it’s been a long few days and we’re all tired and wrung out, and sadly the Stars looked it in their first game back against Florida. The Stars managed to come out skating at first and got the first goal of the game. Unfortunately, in the second period, they let in a franchise-high 29 shots against. The period also featured John Klingberg’s first career fight (not including Anderson McDuffie) against fellow Swede Patrik Hörnqvist – not a win for Klingberg. Although they were better in the third the Stars came up short. Someone better buy Dobby a beer (or red wine) of his choice because it would have been a lot worse without the veteran goalie.
The Stars are now on their sixth straight loss and in a shortened season, you can forgive fans for being concerned (notwithstanding the Stars dismal start last year which ended in a run to the Stanley Cup Final). Having not played since February 13th, and given the wreckage of their hometown right now perhaps the Stars can be forgiven for not being fully in this game. Who among us, after this last week, wanted to get up and go to work this morning? That being said, this is a short season and the Stars need to get their skating legs under them soon.
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