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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars’ Bad Luck Plays Starring Role in 3-2 SO Loss to Blackhawks

Hard work and Aleš Hemský’s two goals left the Stars with a loser point. Plus, what about the Olympics, and what else can Sidney Crosby get away with?

NHL: Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks
Sir Aleš of Pardubice, receiving the accolade.
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Are the Dallas Stars actually cursed? Mike Heika has started to think so, and who knows, he may be on to something.

The Stars outshot the President’s Trophy-contending Chicago Blackhawks 46-26, fought and won the possession battle, and got several huge chances, yet still lost 3-2 in a shootout. Heika takes a look at what went right and wrong:

Ales Hemsky had two goals and five Dallas players had four or more shots on goal, but Corey Crawford had a fantastic game in net for Chicago, including big saves in overtime. In the end, that was enough for the Blackhawks to sweep the season series and move to 48-20-6 (18-3-1 in their last 22 games). The Stars fell closer to mathematical elimination at 29-33-11, as they are 16 points behind Nashville with nine games to play.

"It's incredible," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "You have to give Crawford credit for the saves, but at the same time, we missed some beauties."

Ruff says he liked the Stars’ stronger play away from the puck. He must also have liked Hemmer’s return to the pre-injury form he showed in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, right around the time everything started going horribly, horribly wrong:

Hemsky's two goals are a sign he is recovering from the hip surgery that kept him out for most of the season. And he said he expects the team to fight until the end.

"We played a good game from the start," he said. "If we play like that, we can play with anybody."

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

Here’s another look at Hemsky’s first equalizer, because a little something sweet for breakfast isn’t gonna matter where we’re going.

The Stars will look for another win over the San Jose Sharks at home tonight. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. Central time.

A sober reminder from Sean Shapiro: A loss tonight means mathematical elimination.

There’s still time to bid on the custom mask Kari Lehtonen wore during his shutout of the Sharks on Monday’s Military Appreciation Night. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Stars and Blackhawks alumnus Ed Belfour took part in Chicago’s “One More Shift” program and skated out in full uniform. He also talked to Heika about the symbiotic relationship between the goalie and defense. [SportsDayDFW]

Speaking of alumni, you can meet former Star (and current Stars broadcaster) Brent Severyn at Rally House Frisco 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

Last night, in the Dirty Central:

Goalie Jake Allen’s return to form has been key to the Blues’ good run since January – and Mike Yeo has been key to that improvement, says Jared Clinton.

From the It’s OK If You’re A Superstar department: During last night’s shootout loss to the Senators, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby got away with a horrific slash on Marc Methot that nearly severed the defender’s finger. (Seriously, this video may not be safe for work, or your works.) [CBC]

This came literally one day after the ESPN roundtable put their éminences grises together and decided that no, there’s no way Sid the Kid deserves punishment for stick-checking the SabresRyan O’Reilly in the groin on Tuesday. [ESPN]

The victory puts the Sens within one point of the Canadiens for the Atlantic Division lead, but Methot is lost for “weeks” due to the injury. [TSN]

Meanwhile, NHL DoPS released its explanation for a three-game suspension of the Sabres’ Rasmus Ristolainen, after he concussed the Pens’ Jake Guentzel.

USA Hockey is contacting possible replacement players in case the U.S. Women’s National Team boycotts the upcoming World Championships.

Elsewhere, Damien Cox writes that if NHL players want to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics, the NHL Players’ Association needs to up its game. [Sportsnet]

Texas Stars captain Travis Morin played his 700th professional game in the T-Stars’ 4-3 OT victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, brand-new defender Gavin Bayreuther is already feeling right at home.

The team celebrates its annual Military Appreciation Weekend starting tonight in H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.

Finally: Antoine Roussel may not be on the ice right now, but he’s still an MVP in the community. Fourth-grade teacher and Rous superfan Becky Barton shares this photo montage from a classroom visit. Enjoy.