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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars Step Up For a Full Team Win Over the Predators, 5-2

The team’s biggest names came to play last night. Plus, the league isn’t touching the Golden Knights’ trademark fight, but Bettman wants a bigger deal for the 2018 Olympics.

Nashville Predators v Dallas Stars
The “Kari Kari Kari” chant is back for reals.
Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Which of you stayed home, went to the AAC, watched the game, didn’t watch the game, watched the game but stayed out of the Gameday Thread, or did anything else differently last night? Because the Dallas Stars got every part of their game working at once against the dangerous Nashville Predators, and we’re gonna need everybody to keep doing all of this, m’kay?

Dallas’ best players showed up in spectacular fashion and finally uncorked the awesome power of a fully operational Stars top six, writes Mike Heika:

"It was a good night for them," coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's good to see all those guys get a goal. Good to see Jamie get one, good to see Spezz get one. I think that line did some good stuff and made some good plays. It was just nonstop work, and that was after a pretty demanding practice."

After a hard practice Wednesday, Ruff assembled [Jason] Spezza with [Jamie] Benn and Tyler Seguin and put the super line on the ice to start the game Thursday. The trio went out and led an aggressive first-period attack that set the tone for a rare blowout win.

Almost as heartening was the way the team stuck up for each other in (rare) moments of adversity:

The Stars even showed a little glue in the contest, as players rallied to [Kari] Lehtonen's defense when he got into a tussle with former Stars center Mike Ribeiro. The game became a bit chippy at times, and the Stars were there to support one another. In fact, the final seconds saw Curtis McKenzie battling Predators in yet another scrum.

You could call it a turnaround or a wakeup call or simply a complete game, but it was noticeably different from what the Stars have been doing while accumulating an 11-11-6 record (28 points). Nashville fell to 12-10-4 (28 points), so the Stars are right back in the playoffs talk.

There’s more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]

You know you want to watch The Captain’s 200th NHL goal a few more times, so freak freely.

Plus you can enjoy Speznasty’s game-winning danglefest again and again and again, thanks to the Series of Tubes.

And you know you love you some #SassyKari.

Just so you have it handy, here’s the official NHL explanation for the coach’s challenge that overturned the Radek Faksa goal in the second period.

Is Spezza starting to slide, or is he just off to a slow start? Steve Laidlaw investigates.

Last night’s #Kill report:

  • The Colorado Avalanche snapped a six-game losing streak to beat the Boston Bruins 4-2. [Mile High Hockey]
  • Two apples from Anders Lee and a highlight-reel tally by John Tavares propelled the New York Islanders past the St. Louis Blues 3-2. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • And two power-play goals made the difference as the New York Rangers defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-1. [Blueshirt Banter]

Elsewhere, Connor McDavid and Brandon Manning continued what is starting to look like a personal feud, with McJesus scoring and then chirping Manning even as the Flyers beat the Oilers 6-5. [Sportsnet]

The NHL has no plans to reconsider the name or logo of the Vegas Golden Knights in the face of the team’s looming trademark issues. (They came out to sell some merchandise and honestly they feel so attacked right now.)

In case you missed the hubbub, Bub, here’s a refresher on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s opinion regarding the “likelihood of confusion” with the NCAA’s College of St. Rose Golden Knights. [Puck Daddy]

Elsewhere, the NHL Board of Governors talked about the salary cap during yesterday’s meeting. [Puck Daddy]

And Nick Catsonikas explains why the owners still have “strong negative sentiment” toward Olympics participation. [NHL]

Meanwhile, Gary Lawless writes about Gary Bettman’s long game that could make the 2018 PyeongChang Games part of a much larger deal for the league. [TSN]

Concerned about concussions? Soon, there may be an app for that.

Elsewhere, Matt Larkin focuses on the awful consequences of Taylor Hall’s check on Philip Larsen, and the Canucks’ ill-advised retaliation, that points up the folly of “avenging” a clean hit. [The Hockey News]

Finally: Wayne Gretzky holds plenty of records, but he’ll rack up a new milestone when he becomes the first hockey player to lend his voice to The Simpsons. The Great One guest stars with Santa Claus in a Season 28 episode to air at 7 p.m. CT Sunday, Dec. 11.

You will remember that this is not the first time hockey has been the subject of a Simpsons episode. I leave you with this classic clip from “Lisa on Ice” from all the way back in Season 6. Enjoy.