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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Can a Big Win in the Big Apple Correct the Stars’ Playoffs Trajectory?

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A scary victory could help the Stars turn a corner. Plus, the Isles’ coach search may land on a familiar name, and NHL Central Scouting turns in its mid-terms.

NHL: Dallas Stars at New York Rangers
Cody Eakin, your game-winning goal-scoring ginger ninja.
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For the Dallas Stars, it looks as if the 2016-17 season won’t just be on the test – it will be the test.

So suggests Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News after last night’s roller-coaster contest in which the Stars came out on top 7-6 after a ferocious last-second rally by the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden.

"It seems like when our backs are up against the wall, we come up with a great effort," said winger Patrick Sharp, who had two goals. "I'd like to see us put some games together. It would be nice to gather up some points here and get ourselves back into playoff contention, because it's only going to get tougher as the season goes on."

It was tough enough Tuesday, as Stars fans once again rode the virtual reality death-defying ride that has been the 2016-17 season.

This game had two goals from Sharp, a career-first Gordie Howe hat trick for Cody Eakin, a power-play score that elevated Patrick Eaves to a tie with Sidney Crosby et al. for second-most of the season, and a welcome-back tally for Adam Cracknell . But Jamie Benn’s first career goal against the Broadway Blueshirts was a pretty big apple in the Stars’ strudel:

"It was a real good bounce-back game from him," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "I didn't even need to talk to him. I knew I was going to get a good game from him."

And now we see if Our Gang can make winning a habit again. Read more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]

Everyone likes highlights, and Antoine Roussel creating a turnover and converting it to a one-timer (with a nice assist from Lauri Korpikoski) makes a pretty good highlight:

Kari Lehtonen made four saves in about seven seconds to lock down the win. Megazord powers, activate:

And Razor relives the twists and turns in the latest Emporium.

Elsewhere in Heika: The Stars have climbed back to .500. Have they also turned a corner? [SportsDayDFW]

The Stars’ next opponent, the New York Islanders, have just fired head coach Jack Capuano – but is he taking the fall for the “lousy” work of GM Garth Snow?

As it turns out, Greg Wyshynski agrees.

Meanwhile, the Isles have reportedly received permission to speak with another high-profile pink-slip recipient, former Florida Panthers bench boss Gerard Gallant. [The Hockey News]

Also at THN: A class-action lawsuit that opens Tuesday, Jan. 24, will decide whether the CHL must make its finances public. Ken Campbell takes a look at possible reasons why the league is determined to keep those records private. [THN]

Not even three months of injury downtime could bring down Nolan Patrick’s midterm draft ranking. Check out the full lists of NHL Central Scouting’s top North American and international skaters.

Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin grew up without his father – and for a good part of his life, without the grandparents who raised him – but he still has family to take on the team’s annual dads’ trip.

Last night, in the #MDK:

Finally: Fifty-nine years ago today, Willie O’Ree made history as the first African-American player in the NHL. The league commemorated this milestone with a new Centennial Memories video. Enjoy.