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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Holiday Starts Early As the Stars Beat the Kings in OT 3-2

Has the extra-minutes curse burst? Plus, Auston Matthews wins at home, and the Subban Sleigh lands in Smashville.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars
Three wise guys: Esa Lindell brought the gift of a game-winning goal in overtime.
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The holidays started off just about perfectly for the fans in American Airlines Center last night, as the Dallas Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings in overtime. Yes, the Stars, who have been positively adrift in extra minutes, defeated one of the NHL’s best overtime teams.

The team recognizes the potential significance of the breakthrough, writes Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News:

"It could be big," captain Jamie Benn said. "Our success lately in overtime hasn't been very good, so it was definitely nice to get this one tonight. You always want to win the last game going into any break."

Meanwhile, they’re trying not to lose sight of the tall hill ahead:

But the Stars have to get on a roll. They win, they lose, they win, they lose. It's how they have forged a 14-14-7 record. Building on this victory will be the next challenge, but that's a whole lot better than unwrapping the pair of socks that would have been another overtime loss.

"It's real good. We get a three-day break, and we had something good happen by winning a game in overtime," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We're getting points, we're going the right direction. And even with the bodies we have had out, we are playing a game we can win right now."

Read more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]


Ruff shared some cheer during the post-game interviews:

And Razor contemplated a Christmas miracle in the most recent Emporium:

Wanna watch Esa Lindell score that GWG again? Of course you do.

Last night, in other Central news:

  • Nathan MacKinnon gave the Colorado Avalanche the four-point win over the Chicago Blackhawks in last night’s other big OT victory. [Mile High Hockey]
  • The Minnesota Wild made it to a franchise-record 10 wins in a row with a 7-4 (yes, that’s 7-4) win over the New York Rangers in MSG. [Hockey Wilderness]

The mandatory three-day holiday break is upon us, but the Central will be back with a vengeance on Tuesday, Dec. 27:

  • Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild, 7 p.m. Central time
  • Chicago Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets, 7:30 p.m. Central time (next week’s free game on NHL.tv)
  • Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames, 8 p.m. Central time
  • And, of course, Dallas Stars @ Arizona Coyotes, 8 p.m. Central time

Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets continued their run to the best record in the league with their 12th consecutive win (and Officer Bob’s 20th of the season); they beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 last night. [TSN]

The Toronto Maple Leafs may not be all that, but Auston Matthews helped them win a big game against the Arizona Coyotes on his first trip home.

After the game, Matthews got together with some kids who are in the same position he was a few years ago: playing youth hockey in the desert, dreaming of the pros.

ICYMI: Speaking of the Yotes, Shane Doan posted a great piece at The Players’ Tribune to mark his 1,500th NHL game.

Meanwhile, if you missed Steve Downie’s epic tweet storm last night, he unloaded on the team that waived him.

The Hockey News has latched onto the South Park member-berries meme, and among Ryan Kennedy’s bunch for all 30 NHL teams is a whole lot of reminiscing about the Stars’ Stanley Cup team.

From the hideous to the hilarious, Puck Daddy’s 2016 in review takes on the top 10 NHL jersey fouls (including a tribute to former Stars captain Derian Hatcher).

Finally: How long has it been since you thought about how awesome P.K. Subban is? For his first Christmas in Nashville, he brought the Subban Sleigh to sick kids. The results will make you feel good for the rest of the weekend. Enjoy.