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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Fail to Take Off Against Jets, Fall 5-2

An underwhelming end to the road trip. Plus, potential first traders, pessimistic power ranks, and the Coyotes’ lone bright spot.

That was not a great end to the road trip, which wrapped up last night after 5 games (2-3 record) and 11 days on the road. The Stars were dominated in the first period, and then showed some life in the second and third but could never catch up. Hopefully the bonding time in Colorado and western Canada will prove valuable throughout the season so there can be a positive to take out of the trip. The Stars are back home on Saturday in a 1999 Stanley Cup rematch against the Sabres.

Here are some highlights:

The Jets opened the scoring on the power play, notching a goal against the Stars’ formidable PK. Then, Patrick Laine scored his 89th goal against the Stars a couple minutes later (I didn’t fact check that):

A little after Laine’s goal, Gemel Smith dropped the mitts and scrapped with Brendan “Son of Claude” Lemieux:

The brouhaha seemed to fire up both sides however, as shortly afterwards Tyler Myers notched his second goal of the season for the Jets, again on the PP:

Alex Radulov was finally able to stop the bleeding with a little patience on the backhand, and thus, the first period ended:

In the second, Jamie Benn made another attempt to fire up the team and dropped ‘em with Dustin Byfuglien. They traded blows and it was an admirable bout by Benn as Byfuglien is like the size of an NFL lineman. Things seemed to get worse after that, as the Jets seemingly tallied another goal to go up 4-2, but the Stars wisely challenged and the goal was overturned for goalie interference. I thought there was no way this would get overturned, but hey, I’ll take it:

Mattias Janmark slipped one in with help from a nice screen from Jason Spezza at the end of the second, and the Stars were back in it at the break down 3-2...

...unfortunately, not for long. Mark Scheifele scored on a lucky bounce to make it 4-2, then added an empty netter to seal it and earn himself a hat trick and a Jets’ 5-2 victory.

Here’s the Captain after the loss:

And here’s Josh, Brent and Bob with a little more post game:


More Stars

Brett Ritchie’s unfortunately slow start to the season has encountered another bump in the road:

I know a lot of you have opinions on this also:

Scott Burnside Counterattacks with Blake Wheeler prior to last night’s game:

While it’s not the greatest podcast in existence, Scott Burnside’s pod is pretty good too:

Tyler Seguin appreciated some classic Razor humor:

League Things

The Putin Team. Hmmmmm.....

The tide is shifting again: after all of the pieces in the last week or so describing how the Golden Knights’ start isn’t sustainable, here’s someone who thinks it might be. [Sports Net]

Which NHL GM will be the first to make a move this year? Will it be a panic trade or a reasonable one? Jared Clinton investigates:

You want some rumors? We’ve got some rumors. [Sports Net]

Is Steven Stamkos playing the best hockey of his life? Andrew Berkshire (and his stats) suggest he might be. [Sporting News]

Having a bad day? Hey, at least you aren’t a Coyotes fan, although Clayton Keller has at least given them something to not be depressed about:

I guess when you’re a hockey player and you haven’t been playing well, “ice hockey” is a reasonable thing to say you’re struggling with:

Ryan Lambert talks Blues and Kings, tanking, Olympics and more in his Bag of Mail. [Puck Daddy]

Power Rankings for pessimists: the most troubling trend for every team in the league. [ESPN]