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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Can Learn From Victory Over Sabres

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It wasn’t pretty, but it worked, writes Mike Heika. Plus, Malkin and Stamkos drop the gloves, Ken Hitchcock gets a new honor, and more.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars played their first game in 10 days, and they picked up where they left off. The squad ground out a 1-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres, and it may show signs of where the team is headed.

It wasn’t “pretty or perfect,” writes Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika. But it may signal a new mindset toward winning that could serve them well as they try to lock down a postseason spot:

While it’s generally good to get a team on the second night of a back-to-back, it wasn’t good on Wednesday. The Sabres are fighting for a playoff spot in the East, and they felt pretty good about their game. So playing for the first time in 10 days against an opponent that was flying wasn’t the easiest test for Dallas.

The Stars knew that and responded with a serious attitude that fit the situation. You can argue they didn’t do that against Philadelphia or St. Louis or Los Angeles in losses before the break. You can argue it might be the biggest flaw on this team so far this season.

So when they do it, you have to take note and say, “this is different.”

The clearest lack was in depth scoring; Jamie Benn got the Stars’ only goal on an assist from Taylor Fedun. But one player who isn’t worried is First Star Ben Bishop, who backstopped the Stars to victory:

“We have a lot of guys in here that can score a lot of goals. I’m not too worried about the goal production,” said [Bishop], who had 30 saves for his 27th career shutout. “Any given night, these guys can break out. They’ve done it before. We’ve seen it this year. You’re going to find different ways to win each night.

There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]


Stars Stuff

Jamie Oleksiak got a nice welcome-back in the form of the Cowboy Hat.

Head coach Jim Montgomery liked what he saw from the Big Rig and gave a brief update on Jason Dickinson, who left early after an apparently minor lower-body injury.

And the Stars loved this Anton Khudobin reaction shot so much, they made it their new Twitter banner.

Around The League(s)

The Victory Green Gang were the only #Kill in town last night, so let’s take a look at the other headlines:

Now here’s something you don’t see every day...two guys fighting with their helmets on. (The Pittsburgh Penguins won the game, as well – beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2.)

Artemi Panarin to the Nashville Predators? How about no...?

#BellLetsTalk trended all day yesterday. Legendary coach Mike Babcock spoke up for hockey players who want to speak out about their fight with mental illness.

Speaking of legendary coaches, Canada has a new honor honour for Ken Hitchcock.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

If you’re in Austin Metro, you can join the Texas Stars watch party tonight. Their road game against the Grand Rapids Griffins begins at 7 p.m. Central.

Finally

If you haven’t seen NBC Sports’ new YouTube joint, “The P.K. Project” takes you into the life of one of the NHL’s biggest (and most marketable) personalities. Episode One: P.K. Subban’s sisters give him the business. Enjoy.