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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Capitals First Team to Clinch Playoff Berth

The playoff race is heating up. Plus, catch up with Mattias Janmark, and a look back at the birth of the Stanley Cup.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

While the Stars continue to limp toward the end of the season, the Capitals became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a 5-3 win over the Lightning last night.

T.J. Oshie netted a hat trick in the Caps’ win to ensure they earned their berth.

Meanwhile, the Stars play the Sharks tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and inch closer to mathematical elimination from the playoff race.

If you missed Gavin Bayreuther’s first goal with the Texas Stars, you can watch it right now.

Julie Dobbs checks in with Mattias Janmark.

How would Matt Duchene do in Arizona? [The Hockey News]

Michal Handzus and Richard Zednik talk about fulfilling their boyhood promise to play for Banska Bystrica. [New York Times]

The Maple Leafs got into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit last night.

Don’t expect Jaromir Jagr to stop playing anytime soon. [Sportsnet]

The Penguins made a few special signings last night. [NHL]

A little hockey history for y’all:

The USWNT is still staying optimistic. [Sports Illustrated]

If it were up to the NHL, the Flames would be next in line to build a new arena. [Boston Globe]

And finally, check out this Good Dog.