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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Song Remains the Same As the Stars Lose to the Blues in OT

The same old frustrations keep coming. Plus, more year-end lists, and more milestones for Jaromir Jagr.

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

The Dallas Stars lost in overtime to the St. Louis Blues last night. It’s easy to be frustrated with the so-close-yet-so-far result and at the same time glad just to pick up the point, because it’s been that kind of season so far.

All the familiar sticking points were on display, as Mike Heika writes – the bad luck, the lost opportunities, and the mistakes that would end up costing the team a chance to start winning back to back.

There was Jamie Benn skating in all alone on the right wing and failing to get a puck over Jake Allen's pad. There was Brett Ritchie shooting wide on a glorious chance in transition. There was Patrick Eaves fumbling a shot when he seemed to have a good chance early in the third period.

There was also Dallas allowing a goal just a minute after taking the lead in the second period and also Johnny Oduya solidly clanking a shot off the crossbar midway through the third period.

It was a Christmas buffet of the issues that have dogged this team all season. As a result, Dallas is now 1-8-4 following a win in 2016-17, a very big reason they now sit 13-14-7.

You can read more at Mike’s place (if you clear your cookies). [SportsDayDFW]

Jason Spezza, who notched another goal, talked about 3-on-3 and the missed chances that let the Blues “hang around in the game a little too long.”


Elsewhere in Heika, Mike looks at the Stars’ league-leading 442 missed shots and examines the biggest reason why a team with so many big scorers can’t find the back of the net. [SportsDayDFW]

The Stars will hold a team practice and free public skate at Dr Pepper StarCenter Farmers Branch today beginning at 11 a.m. Fancy a long lunch?

And the NHL’s traveling centennial roadshow is visiting Dallas early.

Last night, in #Murder:

  • The Nashville Predators won the second night of a back-to-back as they dispensed with the New Jersey Devils 5-1. [On the Forecheck]
  • In that other four-point game, the Minnesota Wild extended their win streak to eight with a 2-0 shutout of the Colorado Avalanche. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks broke Marian Hossa and their own victorious streak with a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators. [Second City Hockey]
  • And the Winnipeg Jets lost the first of two games this week with the Vancouver Canucks, 4-1. [Arctic Ice Hockey]

Jaromir Jagr is not like other humans: During a three-point night, he tied Mark Messier for second on the all-time points list and (probably more important to him) helped the Florida Panthers defeat the Buffalo Sabres.

Sportsnet had this timely tweet ready: an oral history of No. 68’s storied career so far, featuring quotes from former Stars teammates Alex Goligoski and Jordie Benn.

Meanwhile, what the hockey-sticks happened in Tampa Bay? Star goalies Ben Bishop and Jimmy Howard both left the game, both with apparent lower-body injuries, as the Lightning beat the Red Wings 4-1. [NHL]

Here’s your feel-good story for the week: Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham will go home for the holidays after a terrifying on-ice collapse in November and the even scarier medical ordeal that ensued. Cunningham, his mother and his doctors will speak at a news conference today at 11 a.m. Central time; check the Coyotes’ homepage for video. [Arizona Coyotes]

Bob McKenzie talked with Craig and his mom, Heather, yesterday. You should read what he wrote about them.

The press release on Cunningham’s recovery gives you some idea of just how close a thing this has been.

As the Vegas Golden Knights seek a path through their logo woes, Chris Creamer posts an interesting discussion with an expert on professional sports trademark disputes. (Remember that ’90s-era tussle between the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Broncos? This guy does.) [SportsLogos]

From Craig Anderson’s shutout on Hockey Fights Cancer night to P.K. Subban and Brent Burns hamming it up with hairpieces during All-Star Weekend, Greg Wyshynski chooses hockey’s top 10 images of 2016. [Puck Daddy]

Meanwhile, in Cedar Park: The Texas Stars have signed Idaho Steelheads blueliner Joe Faust to a professional tryout.

The T-Stars begin a home-and-home against the San Antonio Rampage tonight. Here’s the official preview. [Texas Stars]

Finally: When was the last time you saw a good goalie fight? The Syracuse Crunch and Bridgeport Sound Tigers have you covered. Enjoy, or something. [BarDown]