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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Jamie Benn’s Stick-Breaking Stunt Is a Measure of His Frustration

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The Captain is the Stars’ best player, but he’s struggling to perform like it. Plus, #MDK news and trade rumors from all over.

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Perhaps it’s just as well that the Dallas Stars’ most memorable moment from yesterday’s 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres was the sight of Jamie Benn snapping not one, but two sticks over his knee.

The image rapidly went viral, especially since The Captain had already broken a stick on the ice. It’s an all-too-accurate summation for the frustration that both the Stars and their fans are feeling right now, as Mike Heika writes:

"He's fighting through his injury, but he is in the lineup, so you've got to assume he is ready to go," Ruff said. "I see the frustration. It's hard. I actually had to bump him down and see if we could get the other guys up a little bit. It's been a tough year for him."

For his part, Benn suggests that the action was a pretty mild reflection of what he was thinking:

"It's pretty bad, and that's taking it easy on myself," Benn said in his post-game scrum session. "I wish I could say how I really feel, but it's probably not good for TV."

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

The Captain’s stick-breaking hat trick made the news at several sites, including Puck Daddy.


Elsewhere in Heika: It’s official – the Stars’ PK is now the NHL’s worst. [SportsDayDFW]

In case you missed the NHL’s traveling centennial show at American Airlines Center, here’s a look on video.

From the Department of OK, Whatever. #BroadwayDramaDesk

It was a quiet day in #Death yesterday, with the only other action being a 5-2 drubbing of the Winnipeg Jets, courtesy of the San Jose Sharks and Joel Ward’s two-point game. [Fear the Fin]

Mark Lazerus says the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t sweating their own January losses, but they need to make a move if they want to win when it matters. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Are the St. Louis Blues looking to move struggling goalie Jake Allen? Can the Colorado Avalanche swap a marquee forward for a rising defensive star from the Philadelphia Flyers? These are a few of the trade rumors making the rounds. [The Hockey News]

Was this the game of the year? Nine goals between two teams in one period alone, and the Pittsburgh Penguins edge the Washington Capitals in overtime, 8-7.

For the record, former Star Trevor Daley set a new personal best in this very game.

Edmonton Oilers center Jujhar Khaira gave Canada’s Sikh community reason to rejoice after scoring his first NHL goal in Monday’s victory over the Arizona Coyotes. [Sportsnet]

Meanwhile, Shane Doan has told the Yotes that he’s willing to waive his NMC for a chance to contend for a Stanley Cup.

What’s become of those young stats wizards who left sites like General Fanager and War-On-Ice for real NHL jobs? Here’s an update on that other rookie class. [New York Times]

Kevin Paul Dupont goes off on the loser point in his latest “On Second Thought” column. [Boston Globe]

And in case you forgot, Sean McIndoe hates it, too.

The Vegas Golden Knights may not have a team yet, but they still plan to have representation at the 2017 All-Star game. Take a look at some of the entries in their ticket giveaway contest.

Denis Gurianov helped lead the Texas Stars to a 4-3 OT victory over the San Antonio Rampage yesterday.

Here’s the Gury game-winner, scored only nine seconds into extra minutes:

Finally: Did this unwhistled Sidney Crosby trip on Alex Ovechkin lead directly to the Pens’ victory over the Caps in yesterday’s barnburner? Discuss.