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Dallas is now tied in points with Anaheim, L.A. and Colorado Plus, the postseason awards derby heats up, and Marshmello gets in some real fantasy hockey.

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Matt Duchene. It’s always Matt Duchene.
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With last night’s overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Dallas Stars could do no better than stay even in the ever-tighter Western Conference wild-card race. More ominous still, they lost a season-high fourth game in a row. And with the Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals on the horizon, the toughest part of their road trip is yet to come.

The loss had its moments, such as Tyler Seguin scoring his 38th goal of the season for a new career high:

But not even that milestone was much comfort, writes Mike Heika in The Dallas Morning News:

“We are in such a big race for the playoffs. That takes up all my time. That’s where my mindset is. Every point is valuable,” said Seguin not wanting to dwell on his personal accomplishment.

The Sens kept the Stars from even getting a shot on goal in the third period until Jason Spezza bounced one off Craig Anderson 16 minutes into the frame. The gang also gave up a 2-1 lead to a Matt Duchene goal with 3:10 left. That left them to scramble for the equalizer, which Tyler Pitlick finally solved with less than two minutes left:

Ben Bishop stopped 22 of 25 shots (.880 save percentage) in his return to the lineup:

“The games are there for the taking. It’s about us going out and doing it. Not waiting until we have to get a goal in the third. When we get a lead, it’s about extending it now, instead of sitting on it and waiting for us to turn it up a notch.”

Mike has more coverage and game notes, including an update on the Marc Methot injury. [SportsDayDFW]]


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The Senators put together a nice tribute video for returning hero Methot, who remained a scratch with a hand injury. His brother Matthieu, a former Ottawa 67s defender and now an officer with the Ottawa Police, was a member of the color guard during the game’s opening ceremonies.

With Bishop’s return, goalie Mike McKenna was reassigned to Cedar Park.

Unfortunately, the netminder rarely scores goals, as Josh Bogorad seems to remind:

And in the insult-to-injury department, you can count on the national broadcast to really stick the knife in.

Around the League(s)

The #Murder Book

Thanks in part to the Stars’ OT loss, the Preds have officially become the first team to punch their 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs ticket.

The Western Conference race tightened up as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-2. Anaheim, locked in a battle for third in the Pacific Division with the Los Angeles Kings, is now tied with Dallas, L.A. and Colorado with 84 points – although the Stars keep the tiebreaker advantage and the second wild-card spot, for now.

The San Jose Sharks stifled the Calgary Flames 7-4 in another WC game that had implications for the wild-card race. Evander Kane wrecked house with four goals, and somethingsomething-Joe Thornton-something. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]

The Caps put on a show for Alex Ovechkin to honor his 600th NHL goal. They beat the New York Islanders 6-3 to maintain their Metropolitan Division lead.

The standings are tighter than a new pair of microfiber shoes. This handy chart was valid 24 hours ago – check back tonight to see if anything changes.

It’s time to start narrowing down the field for postseason NHL awards. Here’s the NHL Network take on the Vezina race.

Kevin Woodley believes the latest goalie geographic wave has broken for Russia, courtesy of Sergei Bobrovsky, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Semyon Varlamov and Alexander Georgiev.

And Kevin Weekes proposes that the Hart Trophy race is down to five players, including the Central Division’s Blake Wheeler and Nathan MacKinnon.

Is Ilya Kovalchuk coming back to the NHL? He hasn’t given up on the idea, but what team would take him on? Discuss.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

Roope Hintz brought the last-second tying goal, but the Texas Stars lost 6-5 in overtime to the Cleveland Monsters. [100 Degree Hockey]

Finally

Producer and DJ Marshmello wanted to try something different to announce some upcoming shows – so he joined the Kings on the ice for some real fantasy hockey. Enjoy.