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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Sloppy Play Ruins Stars’ Effort Against Anaheim Ducks

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The badly timed penalties got their own last hurrah. Plus, a playoffs tiebreaker, a first for the Hobey Baker Award, and more.

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I couldn’t unsee this, and now you can’t either.
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The Dallas Stars got the Starsing done early and often last night in Orange County. Marc Methot, Radek Faksa and Jamie Benn did their best to keep it close, but the team succumbed 5-3 to the Anaheim Ducks, who were playing for home-ice advantage in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.

As hard as it may be to believe, Team Disney is the only NHL franchise Tyler Seguin has never scored against. There’s a next-season storyline for you.

The game was worth watching for treats such as The Captain scoring off the rush in the third period:

Here was StarFox with the goal that started whittling away the Ducks’ three-tally advantage in the second:

And Methot got a measure of comfort for his injury-plagued season with his first goal of the year:

Plus Mike McKenna is still a hero, because he did this to Corey Perry.

For the record, The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika has an update on well-loved former Star “General” Patrick Eaves:

[Eaves] will not play again this season. Ducks coach Randy Carlisle made that announcement Thursday. Eaves has not played since Oct. 13 because of Gullain-Barre Syndrome, an auto-immune disorder that weakens muscle tissue. The winger scored 21 of his career-high 32 goals last season before the Stars traded him to Anaheim on Feb. 24, 2017 for a conditional second-round pick in that year’s draft.

Mike has more. [SportsDayDFW]


More Stars

ICYMI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed fatalities (although they had not yet released a number) after a collision between a junior hockey team bus and a semi last night in Saskatchewan. The Stars sent a message of support to the Humboldt Broncos and their families. [CTV Saskatoon]

Mike Heika reflects on the highs and lows of the Stars’ rollercoaster of a season.

A foxy fan left a nice message for McKenna, last night’s starting goalie.

And Scott Burnside posted his final Burnside Chat podcast of the season, featuring Methot and Craig Ludwig.

Around the League(s)

Sudden #Death

  • The St. Louis Blues got revenge for Wednesday, and a toehold on the second Western Conference wild-card slot, by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in United Center. Patrik Berglund put the team on his back, scoring a hat trick to seal the win. [NHL]

The Blackhawks, of course, are in the unaccustomed position of being dead last on the Central Division’s naturally cruel food chain. Maybe it’s because they’re so salty.

The Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers appear to be heading for the maximum-mayhem scenario as the NHL creates a plan for a playoff tiebreaker game.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, taking no chances, have decided to rest injured captain Steven Stamkos for what’s left of the regular season. [NHL]

How’s this for a historical stat?

John Tavares, possibly the NHL’s most watched (and wanted) impending UFA, talks about the New York Islanders, the postseason, and his upcoming career decisions.

Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden wrote his book on the life and death of Steve Montador for an audience of one. That one was NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and the message is clear: The league needs to punish every hit to the head, every time.

Junior Adam Gaudette has become the first Northeastern University Husky to win the Hobey Baker Award. The Vancouver Canucks prospect racked up 30 goals and 30 assists in 38 games during the 2017-18 season.

Teenage center Jack Hughes is already gaining buzz as a likely first-overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. His brothers, Quinn and Luke, are projected to go in the first rounds of their drafts as well. America, this is your hockey fam now.

Also at ESPN: As Frozen Four fever rages this weekend, Greg Wyshynski ranks the NHL teams by their current former college players. [ESPN]

And Olly and Jacob unleash the uncensored dudeosity of On the Bench for the benefit of finalists Notre Dame and Minnesota Duluth.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars lost the game but gained an important OT point. They fell to the Rockford IceHogs in the shootout, 3-2.

Defender Gavin Bayreuther confirms that yes, the players constantly monitor the magic number, too.

Elsewhere, there was a big win for Ringo, the T-Stars’ ringtail mascot – he’s the new champion of the AHL’s #MascotMadness competition.

Finally

Everything’s cooler with theme music, and the last home goal and assist for Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are no different. Possibly the only legit use left for a Titanic reference in 2018. Enjoy.