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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Cruise Past Avs 4-2, But Get No Help from Hawks

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The Stars defeated the Avalanche 4-2, but weren't able to clinch the Central. Plus, get something nice to wear for the playoffs, and take a look at the newest dish at the AAC.

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I'm not sure what you guys did last night, but 20-year-old Jason Dickinson scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game on his very NHL first shot.

The first-period tally jumpstarted the Stars' 4-2 win over the Avalanche and helped them clinch home ice. But despite holding a 1-0 lead with under two minutes left in the game, the Blackhawks didn't beat the Blues in regulation (or at all), which means the top spot in the Central Division won't be settled until Game 82. Here's how things stand right now:

Even though the Hawks ruined everything, it's hard to be too sad when the Stars' young guns keep stepping up. Here's what Mike Heika had to say about Dallas' win.

Much of the game was about the kids and role players. Radek Faksa, 22, had two assists and continues to show chemistry with veteran linemate Ales Hemsky, who also had two assists. Colton Sceviour, meanwhile, tallied a power play goal and continues to make a case for staying in the lineup once the wounded return.

But, most of all, the Stars played a good team game despite the missing. They held the Avalanche to seven shots in the first two periods and the final shot on goal split was 31-19 in favor of the Stars. They played smart, played in control and took advantage of mistakes by an Avalanche team that will miss the playoffs.

Also of note: Dickinson's goal earned him the Cowboy Hat.

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

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It's that time, y'all. Get your playoff gear before Game 1.

Treat yourself. You're worth it.

You know what else it's time for? More specialty hamburgers at the AAC.

After missing seven games, Kris Russell was happy to get back into the lineup last night. [SportsDayDFW]

The New York Times revisits the 1990 Draft class, which included Jaromir Jagr (read about his "enduring power" here) and former Stars Darryl Sydor and Derian Hatcher. [NY Times]

The Stars aren't the only playoff team with a decision to make in net. The Flyers and the Ducks, for starters, have their own goalie choices to make. [SB Nation]

The Stars are headed to Vegas for a preseason game next season.

After being traded from the Stars to the Bruins to the Panthers, forward Reilly Smith is hitting his stride in the Sunshine State. [Sportsnet]

As Kathleen pointed out yesterday, Flint Firebirds owner Rolf Nilsen received a five-year suspension from the OHL that will keep him from being involved with the team's hockey operations. His involvement with the business side of things, however, might be a different story. [The Hockey News]

The Lightning recalled Jonathan Drouin from the Syracuse Crunch, and he promptly scored a goal in his return. [Raw Charge]

If you missed the Oilers' farewell to Rexall Place, never fear.

Over at Today's Slapshot, Carolyn Wilke crunched the numbers to see who should win this year's Norris Trophy [Today's Slapshot]

Elsewhere in the awards discussion, the race for the Vezina Trophy is a close one. [The Hockey News]

Congratulations are in order to Loui Eriksson, who notched goal No. 30 in the Bruins' 5-2 win over the Red Wings.

What's it like to be part of a hockey family? The Fitzgeralds explain. [Players' Tribune]

Alex Pietrangelo's outlook on life and the NHL has been shaped by hardships away from the game. [Sports Illustrated]

You get to pick who's on your team for the playoffs—who do you go with? Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby? [Sportsnet]

And finally, here are some dogs who love hockey. Happy Friday, everyone!

Crusoe & Oakley Play Hockey

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