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The Dallas Stars fell to the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 in the first game off the bye for both clubs. Plus talk about rookies, trophies, trades, and more.

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Sums up how I felt after watching the game pretty well.
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Well that could have gone better. After going 4-1-0 in their previous five, the Dallas Stars finished off the homestand with a disappointing 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

It was the first game off the bye week for both the Stars and the Avalanche, and it was Colorado’s sixth consecutive win. The Stars are still sitting in a playoff spot (the second Wild Card) and are two points above the Avalanche, but the latter has two games in hand.

Here’s Captain Jamie Benn in his postgame interview:

And here’s Head Coach Ken Hitchcock:

Goaltender Ben Bishop takes some personal responsibility for the loss:

You can read more of the postgame quotes over at Mark’s place: [Between the Blue Lines]

Of course it’s not as if everything about the game was sad. I mean this was a pretty nice goal, right?


Around the League

The Minnesota Wild and the Winnipeg Jets were the only other Central teams to play last night, facing off against one another. The Wild emerged with a 4-1 victory. [Hockey Wilderness]

I’m sharing this with you all because it’s fun to see you all mad and bitter:

Speaking of rookies, we’ve been hearing plenty about Matthew Barzal and Brock Boeser, but what rookies could make a run for the Calder in the second half? [THN]

And while we’re talking about trophies, it seems like it’ll be a similarly tight race for the Norris. But has last years winner, Brett Burns, already played himself out of contention this year? [FanRag Sports]

This was a scary moment from yesterday:

The Penguins were on the outside looking in for awhile, but excellent play from Sidney Crosby and evgeni Malkin have them back in thick of things. [NBC Sports]

In case you weren’t paying much attention to hockey the past few days, Puck Daddy has you covered:

Trade talk time: I feel I always link about Vegas’ conundrum approaching the deadline, but what will happen with ex-Star James Neal is especially worth keeping an eye on. [FanRag Sports]

Meanwhile the Buffalo Sabres will certainly be trading Evander Kane, but what exactly should they expect in return for the power forward? [Sportsnet]


Finally...

The Sabres (last in the Eastern Conference, second to last in the NHL) don’t seem to be rebuilding very well. You know who is? The Vancouver Canucks: