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And if you’re a Stars fan, you may have seen this coming. Plus, Corey Perry checks on a friend, the Stars’ #HockeyHalloween game stays strong, and more.

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The NHL version of Denis Gurianov had a party in Dallas last night. The Russian right wing looked every bit like the first-round draft pick he was with two nasty goals in the first period, including what turned out to be the game-winner.

This was the Gurianov the Stars have been hoping for, and head coach Jim Montgomery was quick to point it out after the game:

Since Gurianov has returned from the AHL, he’s been more engaged in the game, both using his speed to cut his way to the net and also physically to finish checks and knock opponents off the puck.

“I think his checking skills all over have really improved,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “And you can his confidence is growing. He’s finishing a lot of checks. He’s causing turnovers. His first goal was a finished check by [Andrew] Cogliano, bumps it to him with speed underneath. That’s great support by him and a really good play by Cogliano.”

For his part, Gurianov says that playing more helps him play better. Montgomery seems ready to oblige:

The Stars are hoping Gurianov can be this season’s Roope Hintz: a speedy youngster who begins the season on the fourth line, discovers his game in the AHL and turns into a scorer in the NHL. Does Montgomery have to try to convince Gurianov that his game works at this level?

“I think we’ve been trying to do that for a while, and now he’s going out and doing it,” Montgomery said. “I think, mentally, he’s starting to believe that not only can he do it, but he can do it really well in this league.”

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Stars Stuff

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You want to watch that again? Of course you do.

Post a Captain America meme if you understand that reference.

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Understatement of the year?

So this is why the Stars haven’t practiced much?

And Corey Perry brought an opening for a smashing pun.

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Finally

It’s #HockeyHalloween, and the Stars are doing something about it. Enjoy.