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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Enter the All-Star Break on a Sour Note

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The Stars’ Backup Blues continue as they fall 4-1 to the Maple Leafs. Plus a Central Division Update, All-Star Game substitutions, and a whole lot more

NHL: JAN 25 Maple Leafs at Stars
Pictured: Devin Shore demonstrating an improper technique for giving a piggy-back ride.
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Well that could have gone better. I didn’t input much of my personal thoughts on the Dallas Stars - Toronto Maple Leafs game in the recap, but let’s just say I was not very happy. Also I really, really hate backup goalies.

Here’s Ken Hitchcock’s take on the game:

And the captain:

Of course John Klingberg has a forgettable night when the national media might actually be paying attention:

Stars Stories

Don’t take this as “he will play against Los Angeles,” but:

Speaking of Cedar Park, Stephen Meserve of 100 Degree Hockey fame has a nice story on Texas goalie Landon Bow:

To further lighten up the mood, here’s a fun Jamie Benn interview, courtesy of Scott Burnside: [NHL]

Additionally, while this doesn’t include last night’s loss, the Stars are looking a lot better than where they were at the start of the season:

Central Census

Every NHL team played in a game last night (well except for the Kings that is, since odd number and whatnot), which means I have a lot of score updates for you:

Speaking of the Avalanche, Nathan MacKinnon is getting a lot of Hart Trophy love, but he’s far from the only breakout star recently:

League Links

The All-Star game is this weekend, but not everyone originally picked could make it. Here are the replacements so far: [NBC Sports]

Brad Marchand was suspended five games for a nasty elbowing, but should he have gotten more? [The Hockey News]

It seems no one likes replay challenges these days, including the same people call for them:

Pittsburgh might have been out of the playoff picture for awhile, but don’t count the defending champs out yet. [NBC Sports]

Craig Morgan dives into the, uhh, interesting personality that is Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. [FanRag Sports]

On the topic of “interesting,” this decision by the Vegas Golden Knights certainly qualifies:

The CHL Top Prospects game was yesterday, and Filip Zadina shined as he makes his case to be picked at #2 behind Dahlin. [Sportsnet]

Speaking of Europeans in Canada, Don Cherry made headlines with a very Don Cherry-like opinion:

Finally, Russia has announced which players will be going to the Olympics to play for “Not-Russia.” Too bad Valeri Nichuskin is banned for unknown reasons. [NBC Olympics]