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Jason Spezza scored two power play goals just a day after being a healthy scratch in the Stars’ 4-2 win over the Red Wings. Plus Olympic news, injury updates, and more.

Dallas Stars v Detroit Red Wings

It’s always a good day when the Dallas Stars win. The Detroit Red Wings may not be the hockey powerhouse they once were, but that doesn’t make the victory any less sweet.

If you were like me and couldn’t watch the 4-2 win because your Wi-Fi hasn’t been working for the past few days of some reason, here are each of the Stars’ goals:

First, here’s Radek Faksa with a nice tip in off an Esa Lindell shot:

John Klingberg got the second assist, which cemented him in team history with some impressive company:

Next, we have Jason Spezza get his first goal in awhile with a tip of his own:

Looks like Ken Hitchcock’s gamble of scratching Spezza to light a fire underneath him paid off dividends: Spezza scored a second PPG later on, which ended up being the game-winner.

Guess it was “Centers not named Tyler Seguin” night, as Martin Hanzal tallied the fourth to put the game in the bag:

Here’s what Jason Spezza had to say about his bounce-back game:

All in all, it was a great evening for the boys in Victory Green:


Around the League

Two other Central teams played last night: first, the St. Louis Blues pulled off a 2-1 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs after being down 1-0 with a minute left in regulation. [Pension Plan Puppets]

Elsewhere, the Nashville Predators finally prevailed over the Vegas Golden Knights, winning by a jaw-dropping score of 1-0. [On the Forecheck]

Speaking of the Predators, the team got some rough news yesterday:

Some even worse injury news for another rival: Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford could miss the rest of the season. [Chicago Sun Times]

In honor of the All Star Game, DownGoesBrown decided to put together an “All Time Snubs” roster, and it’s better than you’d think. [Sportsnet]

Team Sweden has announced it’s Olympic roster, which includes top 2018 prospect Rasmus Dahlin:

Stars fans should also recognize several other names: former draft pick and player Joel Lundqvist (twin brother of New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist), former Star (albeit very briefly) Johnas Enroth, and Carl Klingberg, older brother of #1 defenseman John Klingberg.

Speaking of former Stars...

Let’s switch gears towards the future: Stars’ prospect Riley Tufte makes Ryan Kennedy’s latest edition of need to know prospects. [The Hockey News]

On the other hand, Robert’s 2018 Free Agency dream may not come true:

Dallas was just one of several teams to make a coaching change this offseason. How is it working out for everyone? [FanRag Sports]

What should each Western Conference team do at the deadline? Frank Seravalli weighs in, with an interesting choice for the Stars. [TSN]

Two days after extending Deryk Engelland, the Golden Knights have extended yet another one of their blue-liners:

Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Hurricanes owner Thomas Dundon, plus talks defensmen on the market and more in his 31 Thoughts. [Sportsnet]


Finally...

I still wish the NHL was participating in the Olympics, but stories like this make me (somewhat) glad they aren’t for once: