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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Keep It Together, Win Possible Playoffs Preview

Roope Hintz solves Andrei Vasilevskiy, and the Stars take away two points. Plus, updates on the wildcard race, an ugly game in St. Paul, and more.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Are the Dallas Stars ready for primetime? In what may be their best Stanley Cup playoffs preview yet, the Victory Green Gang kept their chill and blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 at home last night.

Certainly, there was a playoffs-level display of mutual hatred, as The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks pointed out:

All night, the game between the former Stanley Cup Final combatants carried an aura of disgust.

Jamie Benn fought former Stars prospect Nick Paul in the first period. Cal Foote had post-whistle run-ins with Jacob Peterson and [Roope] Hintz. Hintz got under the skin of Erik Cernak at the end of the second period. Anthony Cirelli slashed John Klingberg behind the play in the final three minutes of the third period.

So was this a legitimate taste of things to come?

The two teams both fancy themselves as ones built for the playoffs. Both are heavy on the forecheck with strong structure and varying degrees of decent goaltending (the Lightning employ perhaps the best goalie in the world, and the Stars’ No. 1 goalie hasn’t played a postseason game). The Lightning have the hardware to back it up, with their two Stanley Cups. The Stars do not.

“I think it was going to take one [goal] to win that game, just the way structure was all night,” Wedgewood said. “They get a chance, we get a stick on it. We get a chance, they get a stick on it. Kudos to both teams on their defensive structure. They’re both built to go pretty far in the playoffs.”

Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]


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