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Dallas Stars Daily Links: A Night of Firsts

Dickinson, Polak, Heiskanen, and Janmark all netted their first goals of the season last night against the Ducks. Plus, the Central is way too good, looking ahead to the 2019 NHL Draft, and more!

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Man was that a fun game last night. Four players scored their first goals of the season for the Dallas Stars, as if the players were tired of hearing narratives about a lack of depth scoring.

We’ll jump straight into the highlights, starting with this beauty by Jason Dickinson to open up the scoring:

Later, Roman Polak surprised practically everyone with a dazzling goal of his own:

But perhaps the most exhilarating goal was the Stars’ third of the night, where Miro Heiskanen scored the eventual game-winner for his first career NHL goal:

Mattias Janmark was yet another player to get their first of the season, scoring on a breakaway courtesy of Julius Honka:

And a couple of minutes before the second intermission, Jason Dickinson capped off the scoring with his second of the evening:

Dickinson ended up with the first star of the game, but I think we can all agree Heiskanen walked away with the better prize:

Here’s the Stars’ rookie sensation discussing his first career goal:

Stars Stories

Count Esa Lindell as one of Heiskanen’s biggest believers:

Mike Heika wrote a nice piece about Tyler Pitlick’s (brief) time on the first line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin: [NHL]

As a former player and now coach, Jim Montgomery shares how the NHL has changed its view on head injuries over the years: [SportsDay DFW]

Sean Shapiro talks about Ty Dellandrea and more in his latest mailbag:

Central Census

Every team in the Central Division besides the Stars scored exactly four goals last night. I’m not even kidding:

On the other hand, does a loss by the Blues really matter with the short-term perspective?

League Links

Biggest news of the day (outside of Heiskanen’s first goal, of course) came courtesy of the NHL commissioner:

It’s never too early to take a look at next year’s draft class: [The Hockey News]

Detroit Red Wings, meet rock bottom:

With a new style of play, the Ottawa Senators have surprised everyone so far this season: [Sportsnet]

This piece alone is worth the subscription:

Final Finn

In case you guys somehow forgot, I love Miro Heiskanen. Congrats once again to the young Finn!