The NHL schedule makers blessed hockey fans with just one game on Tuesday -- Anaheim at Dallas -- continuing their annoying habit of going light on the schedule one night, and then coming back the next night with double-figure games.
Tuesday was already the seventh time this season that the league had two games or fewer on a given night -- and the second time in two weeks where there was only one game -- and that's just not good enough.
In fact, there's only one appropriate reaction to that.
Why the league hasn't found a way to spread the games out in a more balanced way remains an annoying mystery.
On the plus side: After a slow start, the one game we did get on Tuesday turned out to be pretty exciting if for no other reason than the display of fire wagon hockey in the third period. Dallas scored five goals in the final 17 minutes, including three in 53 seconds, to pull off a 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
All the NHL Scores
Stars 6, Ducks 3
On Tuesday we asked you three burning questions about the days game. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will the Dallas Stars end their four-game home losing streak?
They did, thanks entirely to an offensive explosion in the third period. Perhaps the best part of that comeback for Dallas? They were able to do it without their top line of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin doing the heavy lifting. That duo has been Dallas' go-to group for offense this season factoring in on more than nearly 40 percent of their goals heading into Tuesday. The Stars didn't need them in this one and anytime you can get a big win with so many contributions from your bottom lines that's always a bonus.
2. Will Anaheim continue its two-game winning streak?
The third period and an off night from Jonas Hiller did them in. Anaheim has won just five of its past 10 games but still remains on top of the Pacific Division.
3. Who will perform most effectively, Anaheim's penalty kill or Dallas' power play?
You have to give it to Anaheim's penalty kill, as it shut the Stars' power play down on its three attempts, limiting it to just five shots on goal during that time. The only special teams goal in the game came from Anaheim's power play in the third period, but by that point the game was already in Dallas' control. The Ducks won the special teams battle but that doesn't really mean much when you get outscored 6-2 at even-strength.
The one play or moment from Tuesday that will be making headlines over the next couple of days.
Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne failed to score a goal on Tuesday night extending his current goal-less drought to 14 games. This is only the fourth time in his Hall of Fame career that he's gone at least 14 games without a goal, and all of them have come since the 2000-01 season. His longest drought is 19 games during the 2003-04 season. Slumps this are common for all goal-scorers, even the all-time greats, and it's a testament to Selanne's skill and consistency that he's had so few lengthy droughts in his career.
Stat of the Night
Dallas Stars forward Alex Chiasson scored an empty net goal at the end of the third period on Tuesday, his only shot on goal of the game. That gives him 13 goals on 70 shots dating back to last season, a shooting percentage of 18.5 percent. Among players to appear in a minimum of 30 games since the start of last season that is seventh best in the NHL, trailing only Brenden Morrow, Alex Tanguay, Tyler Bozak, Steven Stamkos, Mike Ribeiro and Colin Wilson. That is one interesting list. Shooting percentages in small sample sizes can create some crazy results.
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