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Sunday Links: Dallas Stars Are Flat In Shutout Loss To The Columbus Blue Jackets

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Despite Stars outshooting the Jackets. Their uninspiring play could not produce a win.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Dallas Stars Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Stars entered the game as the fresher team, having played Thursday in a 6-5 loss to Colorado. Whereas the Blue Jackets picked up their first win Friday night versus Chicago. Their lackluster play showed up on the scoreboard in the 3-0 shutout loss

"That was as flat as flat could be, there's no disguising it," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "Some of our puck movement...I've never seen this team in two years move the puck so poorly. Missed passes, bad passes, hang on too long, it was a collective effort. There's nothing to like about that game."

Coach Ruff said that was the worse game at home:

I can understand the displeasure in the building, I was with them," Ruff said. "To me, it was one of the toughest performances we put together in two years at home.

Mike Heika has more on the game (Dallas Morning News)

Sean Shapiro also has a recap of the game (NHL)

Prior to the game tonight the Stars held their Annual Hockey Fights Cancer night. To honor Play by Play announcer Dave Strader who was diagnosed with cancer during the summer.

The players wore special warmup jerseys that were auctioned off during the game with Columbus. The National Anthem was sung by Strader’s son Trevor. You can watch the video here. (Fox Sports)

The Stars will special decals on their helmets honoring their missing announcer:

Florida Panthers v Dallas Stars Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Saturday’s game also marked NHL debut of Forward Gemel Smith, who had an impressive training camp. Smith was called up when forward Patrick Sharp was placed on Injured Reserve with a concussion. (Slap Shot)

Saturday also saw the return of Forward Ales Hemsky who missed the first four games of the season with a groin injury. Hemsky was injured in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey Tournament, play for the Czech Republic team. (Stars)

The Texas Stars finished their three game California road trip, with a heat breaking 5-4 loss to the San Diego Gulls(Anaheim). The Stars took a 4-3 lead in the middle of the third period. San Diego scored two goals in 23 seconds to pick up the win. (Texas Stars)

12 games on the NHL docket last night including six from the Central Division(MDK)

The Chicago Blackhawks had to come from behind to overcome the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Shootout 5-4(WGN)

The Nashville Predators had to overcome a battle with food posioning to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Sportsnet)

The New Jersey Devils honored Hall of Fame Goalie Martin Brodeur with a statue outside the arena, before they topped the Minnesota Wild in overtime. (Newark Register)

Shane Harper had his first two NHL goals for the Florida Panthers helping them defeat the Colorado Avalanche. (ESPN)

2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic - Alumni Game Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images

One of the few teams not in action were the Winnipeg Jets who will square off today in the Winter Heritage Classic outdoor game versus the Edmonton Oilers.

Today they held their Alumni game:

The Heritage Classic’s alumni game may have featured Hall of Famers such as Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey and Dale Hawerchuk, but the one player the Winnipeg Jets faithful were looking forward to seeing most was Teemu Selanne.

Selanne got the win for the Jets Alumni team on a last second penalty shot. (Hockey News)

Finally History may have been made in Ontario, California with a father Dusty Imoo the Ontario Reign’s goal coach, backing up his son Jonah Imoo in his AHL debut.

In the Los Angeles Kings practice yesterday, Goalie Jeff Zatkoff sustained a groin injury. The Kings already without starting goalie Jonathan Quick, made an emergency recall of Jack Campbell, a former 2010 1st round pick of the Stars. Campbell was 2-0 for the Reign.