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Dallas avoids getting leapfrogged by Calgary thanks a 2-0 shutout win. Plus, more trade deadline analyzing than you know what to do with.

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NHL: Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It finally happened everyone! I broke the curse! The Dallas Stars actually won the night I had to write Links! Free press box nachos for everyone!

The game started off relatively silent, with Devin Shore breaking the 0-0 tie in the final minute of the first period:

Sometime near the start of the second period, the TV broadcast pointed out that Sean Monahan and Tyler Seguin were leading the league in second period goals scored. So we honestly shouldn’t have been surprised as to who scored next for the Stars:

After the second intermission, it was announced that no more hockey would be played that evening. Instead, fans were treated to an impromptu WWE throwdown;

All in all, it was an important win that prevented the Calgary Flames from leaping over Dallas in the standings. Everyone needs to thank Ben Bishop for being awesome:


Stars Stories

Stars GM Jim Nill decided to not make any moves at the NHL trade deadline. Now it’s up to the players to prove he made the right call. [The Athletic]

With only 19 games left and Dallas fighting for a playoff spot, every game counts. Scott Burnside tells you what to keep an eye out for:

While Dallas might have won yesterday, our friends in Cedar Park unfortunately lost 4-3 in the shootout to the Chicago Wolves. [100 Degree Hockey]

Even so, the Texas Stars have won five of their last seven, and are currently holding onto a playoff spot. Here’s Mark Stepneski with an update on the AHL team: [NHL]

Usually, people say that any team who makes the playoffs can win the Cup, but Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock feels otherwise:


League Links

Speaking of top dogs in the West, the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators squared off last night. Both teams’ trade deadline acquisitions scored (Paul Stastny and Ryan Hartman) as the Predators overcame a 5-3 deficit to win 6-5 in regulation. [On the Forecheck]

The other Central matchup also featured 11 goals, but it was, uhh, a little more lopsided: Eric Staal led the Minnesota Wild to a fifth straight win with an 8-3 clobbering of the St. Louis Blues. [NHL]

The Blues have now lost seven in a row, and it’s due to this recent skid that GM Dough Armstrong made the tough, but arguably right, call to sell at the deadline:

No one sold more at the deadline than the New York Rangers, who now have to look forward to the future as they begin their rebuild. [NBC Sports]

Down Goes Brown gave his instant trade deadline reactions and labeled the Stars as “losers” for staying put while teams like Winnipeg and Nashville loaded up.

Greg Wyshnyski also wasn’t high on the Stars. He graded each NHL team on their deadline and gave the team a D- (I imagine the D is for Dallas). [ESPN]

Who says teams are the only ones who can be winners and losers? Steve Laidlaw looks at how the deadline shook up fantasy stock across the league: [Sportsnet]

A lot of prospects changed teams yesterday as well. Ryan Kennedy ranks the best of the best:

Corey Pronman also gives a breakdown on each of the prospects that were traded this deadline: [The Athletic]

Okay, enough about the deadline. The Pittsburgh Penguins have officially extended Patric Hornqvist:

Meanwhile, Taylor Hall continues to draw consideration for the Hart Trophy as he keeps on scoring and scoring and scoring:


Finally...

Erik Karlsson wasn’t moved on Monday like everyone thought he would be. Now could the two time Norris trophy winner actually sign an extension in Ottawa? [Sportsnet]