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Friday Links: Stars Played A Complete Game, Get Back Into The Win Column

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Stars make the most of their chances. Klingberg pots two as they end losing streak.

St Louis Blues v Dallas Stars Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Dallas Stars played their most complete game of the season, defeating the St.Louis Blues 6-2 last night. Coming into the game both teams have had troubles finding the back of the net.

We built off the effort the last two games and got rewarded for how we played. We got a few bounces, which was nice," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "It was a tough game, and I thought in the third period we stayed with it and ended up winning.

Defenseman John Klingberg scored his first goal of the season. It was his first goal since February 2016. He also added an empty netter to ice the game. Stephen Johns and Jordie Benn also got goals from the blueline.

Coach Ruff felt the team had better scoring opportunities Tuesday night:

If you look at the opportunities we missed in Columbus, there was more opportunities in that game than this one but tonight we had a redirection that finds a hole. We threw the one on the power play at the net and it hits a skate and goes in. We've had better opportunities but I think if enough pucks get there you have a chance of putting it in.

The rest of the recap. (Dallas Morning News)

Prior to last night’s game Coach Ruff called out his goalies to step up (NBC Sports)

Jiri Hudler who returned Tuesday night after his bout with the flu, missed last night’s game due to the same ailment. (DMN)

The AAC Scoreboard Operator had some fun with Blues fans.


Down Goes Brown looks at teams that turned their seasons after slow starts. Right now the Stars and the Nashville Predators are on pace for 73 and 64 points, if they don’t turn things around.(Sportsnet)

The Chicago Cubs ended their 108 year championship drought winning the World Series. Which NHL team Stanley Cup drought will end first? (Hockey News)

Will the Toronto Maple Leafs move the the top of the list of all professional teams since their last championship season. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Columbus Blue Jackets v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Moving into November could we see our first head coaching firing? Five coaches who are on the hot seat. (Zesty News)

Blues Assistant coach Mike Yeo who is slated to take over for Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, after Hitchcock retires, tries to make the best of the situation. (NHL)

Expansion is coming next year with the yet to be named Las Vegas team. Two Canadian teams are already making plans for the Expansion Draft. (Sin Bin)

Speaking of expansion a look back at the debut of some other NHL teams. (Sportsnet)

Could Colorado Avalanche Goalie Semyon Varalmov time as a starter be done as he continues to struggle. (Mile High Hockey)

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman seems to be in denial when it comes to concussions and the lasting affects. (Hockey News)

Edmonton Oilers v Toronto Maple Leafs

Former Stars Defenseman Kris Russell after a great start to the season is starting to slow down with Edmonton Oilers. (NHL Numbers)

Los Angeles Kings Defenseman Tom Gilbert was suspended three games for his hit to the head on Anaheim Ducks Forward Nick Ritchie. (ESPN)


College hockey teams are filling their rosters with players form non traditional hockey markets.

It’s also no coincidence that three of the strongest emerging hockey markets: California, Texas and Florida, boast six NHL teams between them. These NHL teams have inspired young athletes, but they’ve also created youth leagues in which to house and develop them, a sort of “trickle down hockey-nomics” success story. (NCHC)

The son of NHL Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne, Eetu has committed to play for Northeastern (Boston) University. (USHL)

The sequel to the hockey movie Goon called the “Last of the Enforcers” will be released in March in Canada and hopefully soon after in the US. (Canned Ham Reviews)

And Finally the Hanson Brothers from the movie Slap Shot took a selfie with the Stanley Cup: