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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Lose to Lightning 6-3

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The Stars lost to Tampa yesterday. Plus, the pros and cons of various playoff formats, and an injury update from around the league.

Dallas Stars v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Stars’s final road game of the season ended in a loss, as the Lightning picked up a 6-3 victory.

The Stars had the chance once again to be a spoiler on Sunday, one night after unofficially ending the late-season run of the Carolina Hurricanes. A Dallas victory may have been the final nail in the Lightning season as well.

But two goals called back—Gemel Smith’s second of the game was ruled offside, and Tyler Seguin’s third-period tally was a high stick—helped the Lightning prevail and stay in the playoff hunt.

Lindy Ruff shared his frustration with the game’s officiating.

"Can somebody explain to me on their second goal how our guy goes to get the puck and their guy runs him over,'' Ruff asked. "There's no interference? How does their guy not get a penalty on the second goal for running over Smith when we are going for the puck?

The loss also meant the team’s road record tied for a dubious honor.

There’s more on the game at the link. [SportsDayDFW]

After collapsing during the Flyers’ game on Saturday night, Michal Neuvirth has been released from hospital. [ESPN]

A look at Mike Babcock and how he orchestrated a turnaround for the Maple Leafs this season. [Sportsnet]

Joe Thornton was injured during the Sharks’ game against the Canucks.

And Zach Werenski left the Blue Jackets’ game after a hit by Alex Ovechkin.

Which playoff format is the best one? Sportsnet’s Luke Fox breaks down the pros and cons of each. [Sportsnet]

With a loss to the Rangers, the Flyers were officially eliminated from playoff contention. [NBC Sports]

Devils defenseman Dalton Prout will have a hearing today.

Islanders captain John Tavares will miss the remainder of the regular season for the Islanders, and teammate Cal Clutterbuck says the ice at Barclays Center is to blame. [TSN]

And finally, Richard Panik recorded an unusual assist on Artemi Panarin’s goal last night.