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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Frustrated By Blue Jackets, Lose 2-1

Columbus came out on top in the battle of identical records. Plus, hockey/baseball synergy, returns from injuries, and Winter Classic rankings.

The Stars offense couldn’t get much going last night a pair of goals by the Blue Jackets in a less than two minute span in the third was enough to give them the lead for good. It was a pretty tight game with few penalties (zero power plays for the Stars), but the offense just never found its groove. There was no scoring at all until the third period, in fact. Here are a few highlights:

Devin Shore tipped in a John Klingberg shot 44 seconds into the third period (Klingberg was initially credited with the goal) to break the 0-0 tie:

Stephen Johns may have been watching old tape of Nelson Cruz playing right field for the Rangers because he did not play this fly ball very well, leading to Oliver Bjorkstrand scoring for Columbus to knot things up at 1:

Bjorkstrand wasn’t done there, however, and just 1:18 later he beat Ben Bishop short side in a goal that I’m sure Bishop would really like to have a do-over on:

And that was all she wrote. On to New Jersey.

Stars Stuff

Here’s Ken Hitchcock after the loss:

Scott Burnside’s Counterattack yesterday afternoon was with Seth Jones, son of Popeye:

You wouldn’t know it from this tweet, but this article is actually mostly about Tyler Pitlick:

Some injury updates prior to last night’s game:

John Klingberg talked about some things and tried on some hats at the NHL Offices:

Julius Honka might have a backup career ready in case this whole hockey thing doesn’t work out:

Way to go Hamhuis fam. I especially like that the paint color is Victory Green:

Around the League

In Rob Mixer’s weekly Mixed Bag, he joins the rest of the hockey media world in admitting defeat on his skepticism of the Vegas Golden Knights. [Sporting News]

Predators’ d-man Ryan Ellis made his season debut last night after recovering from off season knee surgery. [Sporting News]

2 season debuts from key players on the same night? That’s...Wild:

Greg Wyshynski ranked all of the Winter Classics. All of the outdoor games just kind of blend together for me now, especially since the Stars have never played in one:

This is a family site so I won’t explain exactly what I did when I saw this list, but let’s just say it involved my hand and a repetitive motion:

World Juniors Updates

Canada blasted Switzerland 8-2 and will face the Czech Republic in the semifinals:

The Czech Republic squeaked by Finland to secure their spot in the semis:

Sweden beat Slovakia 3-2 to advance. [2018 World Junior Hockey]

And the USA probably watched the movie Miracle to get pumped up before they took down Russia 4-2. [2018 World Junior Hockey]