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Jamie Benn’s “feeling fine, normal” after brutal night

Mar 21, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

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Believe it or not, Dallas Stars standout Jamie Benn told ESPN’s Mark Stepneski that he’s “feeling fine, normal” after taking a jarring amount of abuse on Tuesday night. In fact, Stars coach Glen Gulutzan indicates that he won’t miss a game.

The headline hit was Shane Doan‘s elbow, but Benn took an absolute beating from the Phoenix Coyotes. Some even wondered if the Coyotes were “head hunting” the first-time All-Star.

Just looking at the most bombastic blows after the Doan hit, defenseman Derek Morris clobbered him and Antoine Vermette landed a check that forced Benn to spend some time in the Stars’ tunnel, which the NBC camera crews caught in somewhat disturbing detail. (There might even be a collision or two that slipped under the radar; he seriously took a beating.)

Considering that litany of scary moments, it was hard not to wonder if Benn hit his latest rough patch of injuries. (He’s had his fair share of bad luck this season, after all.)

That’s either not the case or Benn refuses to be sidelined during a crucial stretch for the Stars, who remain atop the Pacific Division but could very well miss the playoffs altogether if they slump badly.

It’s showings of toughness like this – not just his world class skills – that make the pending restricted free agent seem worth whatever he’ll receive in his next contract.

If he makes it that far, that is.

  1. cup0pizza - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Certainly looked like the Coyotes were headhunting under directive from their crappy coach Dave Tippett. Inferior teams have to resort to playing a cheap game, I guess. Benn proves over and over how tough he is and deserves the contract he’ll be getting as he assumes the captaincy from Morrow and leads the Stars into their next phase. With the talent they have waiting in the wings, should be an NHL powerhouse for a long time to come. Hopefully Doan gets a lengthy suspension.

    • dougyfresh9981 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Crappy coach Dave Tippett?? Jack Adams award winner and finalist the past 2 seasons… I think you’re a little salty he’s not still the Stars coach

  2. fishtales10 - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Doan’s elbow definitely warrants a suspension. Benn is a beast and is now the face of the Stars franchise.

  3. cup0pizza - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Benn & Eriksson are pretty sweet 5th round picks.

  4. cup0pizza - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    3 games for Doan. Hopefully that kills the Coyotes.

  5. phillytalk215 - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    maybe the nhl will suspend phoenix’s coach for a year…

  6. cup0pizza - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    No dougyfresh….I’m not bitter AT ALL Tippett isn’t in Dallas. Always disliked him and his BORING style of play, plus he is incapable of guiding a team completely through the postseason. With him, the Coyotes have gotten WIPED OUT in the playoffs under him, have they not? Have a good one.

    • dougyfresh9981 - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      Yes, they’ve gotten knocked out in the first round by a very good Detroit Red Wings team each time. That was all happening while the Stars were out on the golf course because their offseason started early. Surely even you would choose “boring” hockey if it got you to the playoffs

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