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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Adam Cracknell Hat Trick Lifts Stars to 6-1 Win Over Sharks

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The Stars beat the Sharks last night. Plus, the Avs will play two games in Sweden, and how injuries can derail a season.

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It was a bit of a wild ride last night, as Adam Cracknell recorded his first career hat trick to help power the Stars past the Sharks to a 6-1 win.

Cracknell’s three goals obviously meant he had to wear this.

It was also Tyler Seguin’s 500th career NHL game, so he and Cracknell celebrated accordingly.

The Stars’ win also meant that they avoided being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs for at least a little while longer. Mike Heika had a few more bright spots to point out.

In addition to Cracknell's big night, Curtis McKenzie and Remi Elie each had two assists. All three were expected to play mostly in the AHL this season. All three showed a pretty good San Jose team (42-25-7) that they can dig in no matter what time of year it is.

And in injury-related news...

For more on the game, head on over to the link. [SportsDayDFW]

In his latest Stars mailbag, Sean Shapiro compares Denis Gurianov and Val Nichushkin, and names who he thinks will be back in Cedar Park next year. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

Last night, the Stars donated to a good cause.

Although Boston University eventually beat North Dakota in overtime, Stars prospect Rhett Gardner picked up a goal in the game.

How a rash of injuries can derail a team’s playoff hopes. [TSN]

NHLers, from Ben Bishop to Erik Karlsson, are saying that they want to go to the Olympics. [ESPN]

Here’s what you should keep in mind if you’re trying to pick a dark horse Stanley Cup contender. [Sportsnet]

The NHL is headed to Sweden and (reportedly) China.

Has hiring Claude Julien as their head coach helped the Canadiens? [The Hockey News]

It’s a good time to be a Leafs fan. [Sportsnet]

College hockey players have never been more talented. [New York Times]

Also from the NYT, what the USWNT’s boycott says about leadership in women’s hockey. [NYT]

And finally, if you haven’t already, help out Capitals winger Justin Williams.