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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Prepare to Leave Everything On the Ice in Game 7

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It's win-or-go-golfing time, and the Stars say they're ready to give it their all. Plus, the Pens are going to the Eastern Conference Finals, and Denis Gurianov is saying farewell to the KHL.

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The Western Conference semifinals have come down to Game 7, and the Dallas Stars will get to play it at home. The Stars will suit up against the St. Louis Blues one more time, for all the marbles, tonight at 7 p.m. Central time in American Airlines Center.

The team knows what's at stake, and they plan to do what they've been doing all season: play their game, writes Mark Stepneski:

"It's Game 7," said Stars forward Ales Hemsky. "All in."

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"We're two good teams. We've battled with them all season long for first place, and nothing has changed. We have to win the next one."

And the privilege of playing the decider on home ice is as important to them as to the fans:

"We've worked hard all year to get to where we finished in the standings. Obviously, home ice is a big part of this," said [Jamie] Benn. "We have a good record at home. We might have lost a couple games in this series at home, but it doesn't matter. We're going to be ready to go, and it's huge to play in front of our fans."

Read more at Mark's place. [Stars Inside Edge]

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Mike Heika examines what the Stars must do to get to the Western Conference Finals in his Game 7 scouting report. [SportsDayDFW]

Bruce LeVine and Owen Newkirk have their Game 7 preview right here.

Both the Stars and the Blues expect the unexpected as they prepare to win or go home in Game 7, writes Amalie Benjamin. [NHL]

Last night in elimination:

With the Caps' loss, Scott Bell of The Dallas Morning News points out this fun fact:

Bruce Boudreau talks with Josh Cooper about getting fired by the Anaheim Ducks and getting fired up about the Minnesota Wild.

Also at Puck Daddy: The roundtable takes a look at the current Stanley Cup playoffs format and says, "Is that all you got?" [Puck Daddy]

Defender Travis Hamonic will remain with the New York Islanders: A family health crisis has abated, and he's officially rescinded a trade request to play closer to his home in Winnipeg. [New York Newsday]

Meanwhile, RW and impending UFA Kyle Okposo says the Isles and his agent have yet to talk about renewing his contract. [The Hockey News]

It's official: Denis Gurianov is no longer bound by his KHL contract and is almost certainly on his way to Cedar Park. See you at training camp, Gury.

Hockey has brought 12-year-old Wyatt Nelson and his blind father, Gerry, closer together. Watch what happened when the two of them got a Day With the Cup.

Finally: I'll just leave this here. Think of it as a reminder to enjoy the good times.