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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Roussel Could Be Out for Season After Stars’ 5-4 Loss to Islanders

One more kick to the head in a year full of them. Plus, five key trade-deadline moves, and the key to the offseason goalie market.

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The Dallas Stars looked great for a while last night, until the third-period collapse that handed the New York Islanders a 5-4 victory in regulation.

But they couldn’t escape one last bit of gratuitous cruelty from the hockey fates: Antoine Roussel left the game during the first period after blocking a Johnny Boychuk slap shot and could miss the rest of the season with an upper-body injury, as reported by Mark Stepneski. [Ruffled Lines]

“It’s not good news,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I don’t have a time frame, but it’s going to be awhile. In all likelihood, the rest of the year. That hurt us.”

There were high points: You’ll be watching this Radek Faksa rail slide (which also happened to produce the Stars’ second-period go-ahead goal) on highlight reels for the next four evers:

And the Captain’s two goals included this reminder of why the Stars’ penalty kill used to be known as The Jamie Benn Power Play:

Meanwhile, Ales Hemsky put in a little more than 10 minutes, even doing time on the PK, in his return from surgery – and hopes to prove he’s worth a new contract.

March 2 was Texas Independence Day, and @DallasStars took a moment to celebrate.

The Stars hit the road for this Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers, who lost Roberto Luongo for at least a week during last night’s 2-1 OT loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Lu is believed to have re-aggravated a persistent lower-body injury that’s been troubling him all season.

Last night, in The Murderous Central:

Subban’s return to Québec was such a big deal it got its own Twitter Moment.

I’ll just leave this here.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau had a word or two (or seven or eight) for the refs after his team’s shutout loss.

Elsewhere, Henrik Lundqvist celebrated his 35th birthday by leading the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

From Kevin Shattenkirk to P.A. Parenteau, Rob Vollman examines how five trade-deadline acquisitions could make a difference for their new teams. [NHL]

Meanwhile, Ken Campbell says it’s time to just knock it off about trade-deadline expectations already.

Jarome Iginla chose a brand-new number after his trade to the Los Angeles Kings, and Gretzky is the reason why.

Kings fans have their own theory.

The Vegas Golden Knights hold the key to the offseason goalie market. Kevin Woodley takes a closer look. [NHL]

Now at The Players’ Tribune: Christian Hanson writes about that time he discovered his father was a movie star:

Mark your calendars, college students and recent grads: The Texas Stars will host a Sports Industry Career Fair on Wednesday, March 22 at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park.

Finally: The AT&T Photo of the Month for February goes to this literal ray of human sunshine. Get well soon, Rouss’.