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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Cool Runnings in Calgary

Solid special teams contribute to a 2-1 win over the Flames. Plus, scary goalie masks, GM panic moves, and a former Star haiku.

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Yes, that’s Alex Radulov.
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The Stars squeaked one out over the Flames last night to improve to 6-5-0 and get their first win on the extended road trip. For a while, it felt like one of those nights when they would have chances but not be able to capitalize, but the second power play unit (finally) punched one in towards the end of the second period, and then Alex Radulov beat old friend Mike Smith in an eerily similar spot that Johnny Gaudreau beat Kari Lehtonen earlier in the game. Speaking of Kari, I know he catches a lot of flak on the comment boards here, but he looked very solid last night and really kept the Stars in the game through the first period and a half when they were getting pretty outplayed. It feels nice to be over .500 again.

Here’s Kari after the game:

Johnny Hockey beat Kari high glove to take a 1-0 lead:

Esa Lindell evened it up with a crucial goal at the end of the 2nd (sorry, can’t find a video tweet to it) [NHL]

Here’s Alex Radulov with the winning goal. I kinda love how pumped he was to score it:

And Mike Heika’s Cold Facts:

Dallas! Stars!

Sean Shapiro cracked open his mail bag to spit some Jason Spezza takes, explain Ken Hitchcock pulling a Ken Hitchcock, and talk Halloween candy. Apprently his sister liked Bit-O-Honey? [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

Scott Burnside’s Counter Attack prior to last night’s game was with the Flames’ Troy Brouwer:

Point: It would be pretty amazing if the fellas could keep this up:

Counterpoint: Doesn’t really matter if they don’t win:

Aaaand Spezza gets the W:

A little Hitch reflection after 10 games had been played (holy mackeral, that means the season is already like 1/8th of the way done?!?):

Around the League

Greg Wyshynski’s latest article details the Habs’ woes, Shane Doan, and in the Stars’ section links to an article by an amazing author at a really fantastic website. [ESPN]

OooooOOoooo creepy...just in time for Halloween weekend, the scariest goalie masks of all time. [Sporting News]

Down Goes Brown’s Friday Grab Bag, where Sean McIndoe has a scary introspective moment and decided he might actually like Brad Marchand and Dustin Brown now.

Should players take a similar path to the pros that Auston Matthews did? Luke Fox takes a look at that and more, including giving kudos to the Stars for putting Ben Bishop and Hitch’s comments on their website earlier this week after Bish got yanked:

Rory Boylen recounts three big early season trades from recent years. Might there be a couple this season? [Sports Net]

Former NHL knuck-chucker (and pretty entertaining guy) Paul Bissonnette is doing radio now. Sean Leahy talked to him about it:

The Capitals, much like the Stars, haven’t quite gotten off to the start they were hoping for:

Ryan Lambert says the Golden Knights are not as good as there record says. Also, in case you were wondering (or even noticed) why the Golden Knights played at 3pm local time on a Friday, it was to celebrate Nevada Day. [Puck Daddy]

Good news: Patrick Eaves was able to return home:

Finally, here is the first Cody Eakin-themed rhyming haiku I’ve ever come across: