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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Make Statement with 4-0 Win Over Blackhawks

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The Stars won themselves a hockey game last night. Plus, 30 interesting thoughts courtesy Elliotte Friedman, and a look at life as a backup backup goaltender.

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Before puck drop yesterday, Patrick Sharp called the clash with Chicago "just another game." That's certainly not what it felt like at the AAC last night when the Stars beat the Blackhawks 4-0.

When Sharp sounded off on his multi-point night (1G, 1A), he admitted it wasn't quite as fun for him as it was for fans wearing Victory Green.

Meanwhile, Coach Lindy Ruff had plenty of positive things to say about the group's effort.

For more, check out what Mike Heika had to say about the win. [SportsDayDFW]

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Adding to the exciting atmosphere last night, Jordan Spieth dropped the game's ceremonial first puck.

Elsewhere in the Central...

Elliotte Friedman has 30 very interesting thoughts for you, including a few tidbits on how the Stars go about winning faceoffs and whether it should be allowed. [Sportsnet]

Dallas jumped back into the No. 2 spot in Sports Illustrated's latest Power Rankings. [SI]

TSN's Travis Yost explores the three-goal comeback and how rare it is. Dallas' rally over Anaheim on Oct. 27, 2015 gets a look, too. [TSN]

Connor McDavid is feeling "very good," which is also very good for the Oilers, seeing as they entered Tuesday just two points back of third place in the Pacific. (Casual reminder that Edmonton's 32 points would be tied for last in the Central, though. #JustMDKThings) [NHL]

Here's what life's like when you're the backup's backup.

Also at TPT, Flyers captain Claude Giroux dishes on his go-to karaoke song, his cheesy New Year's Resolution, and more. [TPT]

The Wild signed Jared Spurgeon—who scored a goal and logged 23:21 TOI against the Stars on Monday—to a four-year, $20.75 million extension. [The Hockey News]

Is it time to raise the white flag in Winnipeg? [ESPN]

Why are the Ducks so awful? More-so than usual, I mean. [The Score]

Ah, yes, the true goalie tandem.

Relive the wow-worthy moves and jaw-dropping dekes from this year's top 10 shootout goals. [Puck Daddy]

If anyone's shopping around for a new house, Wayne Gretzky's is still on the market. I hear it's a great one. [Realtor]

After losing both legs above the knee while serving in Afghanistan, Josh Sweeney discovered sledge hockey. [Fox News]

Sportsnet ranks the top 10 right wingers in the league right now. [Sportsnet]

And finally, Jaromir Jagr has a new favorite Christmas carol after being high sticked by former Star Alex Chiasson.

P.S. Go watch this again. Merry Christmas.