With the Dallas Stars currently golfing, recovering from their defeat in the Calder Cup Playoffs, playing Playstation, or doing other activities unrelated to playing meaningful NHL hockey games, Stars fans are looking around for something to cheer for. For many, that's either praying the Boston Bruins can make a lengthy run, and turn that Jaromir Jagr draft pick into a first rounder, or cheering for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who seem to be comprised almost entirely of generational talents and former Dallas Stars draft picks.
One of those former Dallas Stars draft picks is none other than the most recent captain of the franchise, Brenden Morrow, who just happened to have scored his first playoff goal since the Stars magical run to the Western Conference Finals in 2008. If Sidney Crosby's hat-trick was the meat and potatoes of the Penguins victory over the Ottawa Senators in game two, Brenden Morrow's game winner was the delicious Andes chocolate mint that all the kids fight over while daddy pays the bill.
The Penguins, behind timely contributions from former Stars James Neal, Matt Niskanen, Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen (and the best player in the world, Sidney Crosby) currently lead the series with Ottawa two games to zero. Which team are you cheering for this post-season? Are the former Stars connections enough to turn you into a temporary Penguins fan?
You can see that familiar #10, in the oddly familiar black and gold colors, net his game winner right here. [NHL.com]
Speaking of nostalgia, it's been 5 whole years since the Dallas Stars won a playoff game of their own. That's a loooong time. [Dallas News]
Heika takes a look at the recent Allen Americans title, and discusses how the most successful generation of Dallas Stars made it happen down in the CeHL. [Dallas News]
The other big-name Star that was traded at the deadline is currently facing off against Brad Richards and the New York Rangers. Jaromir Jagr, now of the Boston Bruins, recently reflected on his time in New York. [Comcast New England]
A WHL franchise that has traditionally drawn inspiration from the Stars aesthetic when designing their uniforms has just unveiled some new sweaters of their own, returning to green and gold. Is this a sneak preview of what the new Stars sweaters will look like? I wouldn't bet on it. [Prince Albert Raiders]
Sports Illustrated gives their preview of the Memorial Cup tournament. [SI]
Want to see the Boston Bruins amazing Game Seven overtime comeback, through the eyes of a Toronto Maple Leafs fan? It's heartbreaking. [Deadspin]
It seems as through Raffi Torres is finally in agreement with everyone else that he is a dirty player. He will not attempt to appeal his latest suspension. [TSN]
Finally, lets take a trip down memory lane, and relive Brenden Morrow's game winning heroics against the San Jose Sharks back in 2008, back when he made a habit of such feats.
Brenden Morrow's Goal in 4th OT Period (via Sam Hansen)