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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Rally to Earn Point, Lose in Overtime to Blues

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The Stars finished their back-to-back with an overtime loss to the Blues. Plus, Rich Peverley talks about Pevs Protects, and more on the team's upcoming event benefiting East Dallas Pet Rescue.

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Despite tying the game late in the third period thanks to a Jamie Benn deflection, the Stars couldn't quite grab the second point in their clash with the Blues. The good news, despite the 5-4 overtime loss, is that the Stars remain in first place in the Central.

(Plus, it's hard to be mad when you remember that the Stars finished last season with 92 points.)

Mike Heika also pointed out that the intensity in the back-to-back games against Chicago and St. Louis made it feel like the playoffs had arrived a little early to the AAC.

And yet the Stars exited a huge weekend with three of four points in the standings and first place in the division. It's sort of a continuation of the 3-0-2 run in which coach Lindy Ruff has juggled every line and tried to adapt to injuries to four key players_Jason Demers, Patrick Sharp, John Klingberg and Jordie Benn.

For more on the game, head to the link. [SportsDayDFW[

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Last night was Pevs Protects Night at the AAC. Rich Peverley spoke about the event before the game got underway.

At the game, he did his best to pump up the team.

And his adorable family was on hand to help him drop the ceremonial first puck.

As Taylor told us, Kari Lehtonen and the Stars are partnering with East Dallas Pet Rescue for a charity event on Wednseday. You can learn more about the pups at the link. [WFAA]

With help from rookie Shayne Gostisbehere, the Flyers are still in the playoff race. Plus, a look at how Gostisbehere's impact in Philly is similar to John Klingberg's in Dallas. Both, Adam Gretz writes, are "what defense in the NHL is all about right now." [CBS Sports]

For the "very calm, very smart" Kris Russell, being 5-foot-10, 170 pounds has never been a problem. [SportsDayDFW]

Some good news out of yesterday's optional morning skate.

Over at The Hockey Writers, Rob Soria talks about whether the Oilers should pursue UFA Jason Demers in the offseason. [The Hockey Writers]

The Stars continue to face skeptics as they play their way into the postseason. [ESPN]

Is it down to the BlackhawksArtemi Panarin and the Oilers' Connor McDavid in the race to win the Calder Trophy? [Sportsnet]

Jack Eichel would certainly like to keep his hat in the Calder ring, though.

After Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman had his suspension reduced to 10 days, the NHL Officials Association released a statement saying that it "strongly disagrees" with the decision to let Wideman back on the ice sooner. [Sportsnet]

Sidney Crosby's scoring slump is a thing of the past, and the Penguins captain has coach Mike Sullivan to thank. [NHL]

Congrats are in order to the Boston Pride, who defeated the Buffalo Beauts to win the inaugural Isobel Cup.

After enduring previous postseason collapses, Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals are learning to deal with playoff pressure. [Puck Daddy]

The Canada Blind Hockey Association hopes that by introducing a "Select Division," it's well on its way to helping blind hockey become a Paralympic sport. [The Hockey News]

And finally, here's your gentle reminder that goal celebrations can be dangerous.