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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Forwards Steal The Show In Preseason Win Over Coyotes

Marchment scores twice, Faksa gets two assists...what is this, offense?! Plus, Central-on-Central violence, Ken Dryden on the Summit Series, and more.

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The Dallas Stars took their first preseason victory on the road last night, and fans just might be encouraged about how Pete DeBoer’s system will look in action.

The 4-3 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes featured two goals from new guy Mason Marchment – but the real news may be the return of Radek Faksa’s game. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika brought back notes from Tulsa:

“I’ve always admired the honesty of his game,” coach Pete DeBoer said of Faksa. “He’s a good pro. He’s a big, heavy, hard, physical guy who does a lot of little things well, and you need those guys, especially during the stretch and come playoff time. For me, it’s just getting his mindset around, `Your job isn’t just to get off the ice even tonight against the best players.’ We’re going to put you in situations where we need you to tilt the ice and provide some offense for us.”...

“We’re all going to try to set the table for him, but he’s got to get himself back there,” DeBoer said. “The way he’s used is going to take that pressure off of him, and hopefully he’ll come back to that (level of scoring) because [we] need double digit goals from a guy like that.”

Is this a sign of things to come?

Dallas outshot the Coyotes on Tuesday, 35-22, with Marchment getting seven shots on goal, and Faksa and [Joel] Kiviranta three apiece. That’s a good sign for a group of players who will be battling for ice time and every opportunity once they get on the ice. In addition to all of the other names, Dallas has two 19-year-olds who would like to stick around in Wyatt Johnston and Logan Stankoven, as well as a group of forwards who are on the bubble between the NHL and AHL.

And that competition could help make everyone a little bit better.

“We want to be a four-line team that has the ability to get over the boards with any of those lines, not worry about matchups, tilt the ice and play in the other team’s end and chip in some goals,” DeBoer said. “Some of those lines are obviously going to chip in more than others.”

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


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