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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Radulov Leads Dallas in Playoff Push

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Since his healthy scratch, Alexander Radulov has arguably been the Stars’ top skater. Plus, Dallas can clinch a playoff spot tomorrow, terrible news in women’s hockey, and more.

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The Dallas Stars are on the cusp of punching their ticket to the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. And while Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin have been getting much of the well-deserved credit for the Stars’ success this season, another player has helped lead the way throughout the final stretch: Alexander Radulov.

Since missing a game as a healthy scratch March 5 for being late to a meeting, Radulov has 10 goals and five assists for 15 points in 13 games. He also has 48 shots on goal in that span.

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It’s true that they still are struggling with converting those chances, but that’s where Radulov comes in. As much as he’s seen as a “play-making winger,” he definitely can score goals.

But point totals aren’t the only thing Radulov has been bringing to the table. The Russian veteran has a certain energy and intensity to him that helps fire up his teammates:

“Rads has been playing great hockey for the last three weeks now,” [head coach Jim] Montgomery said. “You can tell just by the way he’s talking on the bench, he wants to make the playoffs. And you’re seeing that permeate throughout our team.”

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Stars Stories

It’s game day tomorrow! The Stars take on the Philadelphia Flyers, with heavy playoff implications on the line:

The Stars lost to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, but sometimes a tough loss can be a good thing:

Head coach Jim Montgomery personally sees a lot to be excited about when it comes to the Stars:


Around the League

Terrible news for women’s hockey, as the CWHL is folding due to financial issues:

Here’s Emily Kaplan on what this news means for women’s hockey going forward:

Back in the NHL, the biggest news yesterday was that the Calgary Flames secured the top seed in the Western Conference:

By the end of the week, we’ll know who is playing who in the Stanley Cup playoffs. But does it have to be that way?

Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate how freakishly good Alex Ovechkin is at hockey:


Finally...

Congratulations to Dallas Stars prospect Jake Oettinger, who kicked off his professional career with a win in his first career start: