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And Lindy Ruff wants them to get more desperate. Plus, why Claude Julien may be on the hot seat, and why the All-Star skills competition should include breaking stuff.

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The penalty kill was perfect and Kari Lehtonen shone, but the Dallas Stars found another way to lose as Thomas Greiss and the New York Islanders shut them out 3-0 in Barclays Center.

The offense that ran up seven goals to defeat the New York Rangers on Tuesday seemed to have left everything in Manhattan:

"They have to be the difference-makers, that's why we have them where they are at," coach Lindy Ruff said of leading scorers Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza. "I didn't think our desperation was good enough tonight. It's the willingness to get in front of the goaltender, and the willingness to battle to get back on some of those opportunities."

The team missed yet another chance to catch up to the Western Conference, and the players are feeling it, Mike Heika writes:

"We all know it's crunch time," defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "Every game is really important. We haven't come out with results, and I don't think we've played as well as we can to earn those results. We have had spurts of it, but not enough to deserve a better record than that."

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

It seems especially hurtful that the Stars squandered some great goaltending:

Adam Cracknell has been a nice surprise in a Stars season that’s been full of bad ones.

Meanwhile, blueliner Brandon Anselmini is on his way back to the Texas Stars.

In case you were wondering when the bye-week lag ends:

As the NHL announces the 2017 All-Star skills competition format, Ryan Kennedy suggests that blowing stuff up could make it a lot more fun.

Also at THN: Like oh, I don’t know, other teams maybe, the Winnipeg Jets have an iffy record in drafting and developing goaltenders. Ken Campbell says not even Patrik Laine can help them until they fix that. [THN]

Last night in the #MDK:

That Blues loss got ugly for Jake Allen in ways you don’t even want to contemplate.

And the Ducks’ night was enlivened by the in-game announcement of a trade with the Predators...

...and slowed down by broken glass in the second period.

Meanwhile, Yotes forward Anthony Duclair has been assigned to the AHL to shake off an apparent sophomore slump.

Will Claude Julien be the next NHL coach to get the ax?

Did you know Alex Ovechkin had a childhood dream of being a pizza delivery man? Yeah, me neither, but it’s a fun story (and even better video). [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

Finally: A fan video that cuts Auston Matthews, Nathan MacKinnon, P.K. Subban, Brent Burns and more NHL favorites into the “Friends” intro. You’re welcome.