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Monday Links: Stars Have A Rough Weekend

Stars only get 1 out of 4 possible points in a home-and-home series with the Blackhawks; Gemel Smith scores 1st NHL goal

NHL: Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars had a rough weekend. After losing to the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night at home, the boys in Victory Green were able to squeak out only one point on the home-and-home series with an overtime loss last night.

It was a gritty, gutty performance against one of the hottest teams in the NHL, but it was also just another loss for a Stars team that has one victory in its last six games and has fallen to 4-5-3 on the season.

The team had some great chances in overtime, including a 4-on-3 powerplay that they failed to capitalize on. Marian Hossa’s screened shot from the point trickled in off Kari Lehtonen for the 4-3 Hawks win.

“We're just not getting the results, and that's frustrating," said winger Patrick Eaves, who was robbed in overtime by Chicago goalie Scott Darling. "We showed resiliency there. It would have been nice to get the extra point, but it just didn't work.

More about the game here. (Dallas Morning News)

Yesterday’s game saw the 1st ever NHL goal for forward Gemel Smith, who is making the most of his opportunity with all the injuries to Dallas’ NHL forward corps. He also picked up his 2nd goal of the season in the same game, the tying goal to send the game into overtime.

Steven Johns is a hard-hitting defenseman for the Stars who spent his summer working out in the boondocks. Sean Shapiro had a nice feature on the young blueliner. (Today’s Slapshot)

Alberta, Canada native Justin Dowling was recalled for Sunday night’s game but did not play due to traveling from California and playing both Friday and Saturday nights. He’s very much looking forward to the Stars road trip through Western Canada this week. (DMN)

This streak ended last night:

Only one other game in the Central (MDK) division last night. The St. Louis Blues won both of their weekend games, including last nights 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. (St. Louis Game Time)

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators
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New Jersey Devils Mike Cammalleri’s natural hat trick propelled them to a win over the Carolina Hurricanes. (All About The Jersey)

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri will not be suspended for his hit on Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin from Saturday night. (The Hockey News)

NHL owners feel their players are not safe due to the lack of action by the Department of Player Safety with hits like Kadri’s that haven’t warranted a suspension. (Nucks Misconduct)

In the melee that followed the hit, Canucks goalie Ryan Miller got not one but two game misconducts. He had one of those penalties rescinded, avoiding a suspension in the process.

During all of the craziness that unfolded late in the third period of Saturday’s Vancouver-Toronto game, Miller was assessed two game misconduct penalties for his role in a line brawl when he left his crease to go after Matt Martin. That was in response to Martin going after Canucks rookie defenseman Troy Stecher.

Because Miller was given two game misconducts in the same game he was facing a minimum two-game suspension according to league rules. (NBC)

It has been seven years since the New York Islanders started their rebuild by drafting John Tavares and this season’s slow start has them in a holding pattern. (Lighthouse Hockey)

Arizona Coyotes 27-year-old general manager John Chayka is the youngest in the league, and his young team reflects that. (NHL)


The saber-toothed tiger fang found during construction of a nearby building, which led to the Nashville Predators name, will be put on display at Bridgestone Arena. (The Score)

The San Jose Sharks are switching up their line combinations to shake things up before their six game road trip. (Fear The Fin)

Former Avalanche forward Marek Svatos, from Czechoslovakia, passed away at the age of 34 Saturday night. (Mile High Sports)

This season is the 100th for the NHL, and spokesman Wayne Gretzky recounts the story of how a locker room attendant affected the outcome of the 1993 Stanley Cup finals between his Los Angeles Kings and the Montreal Canadiens. (Sportsnet)

Finally, yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the first-ever pro hockey game in Dallas.