Dallas Stars Daily Links: Blackhawks Beat Stars 3-2 in First Game of Home-and-Home

The Stars lost to the Blackhawks last night—and lost Jason Spezza to injury. Plus, the two teams clash again tonight, and Gemel Smith’s time in Dallas so far.

The bad news: The Stars lost to the Blackhawks last night. The good news: They’ll have a chance for revenge tonight.

But in the first game of a home-and-home series with Chicago, the Hawks came out on top 3-2, thanks in part to a goal 11 seconds into the first period.

Although it wasn’t the outcome the team wanted, Mike Heika points out that it looks like the Stars are finally playing “Stars Hockey” again.

Dallas battled the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday at American Airlines Center Saturday, created all sorts of scoring chances, and looked a lot like the team that won big on Thursday, but it instead got handed a 3-2 loss.


"We worked extremely hard. We were frustrated with some of the calls," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had some good looks, the puck just wasn't there."

The Stars also added to their injury woes. Jason Spezza left the game late in the second period and didn’t return.

There’s more on the game at the link. [SportsDayDFW]

Don’t forget: We get to do this all over again. The Stars play the Blackhawks in Chicago tonight at 6 p.m.

Gemel Smith has been earning Lindy Ruff’s trust this season. [SportsDayDFW]

"He hasn't broke down defensively, really, at all," Ruff said when asked about playing Smith late in close games. "I think he has done a good job on learning to defend. He's done a good job on wing, he's done a good job at center. He helps us in a lot of ways."

Dave Strader had the chance to read a few well wishes from fans.

Elsewhere in the #MDK:

The Senators wore stickers in honor of Nicholle Anderson, goalie Craig Anderson’s wife, who’s currently battling cancer.

The Jets could decide to sign Jacob Trouba—and then trade him. [Sportsnet]

The Maple Leafs handed the Canucks their eighth straight loss last night in a, let’s say, spirited game.

Looking back on the five biggest shutouts in NHL history. [The Hockey News]

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner came up big in Buffalo’s 2-1 win over Ottawa.

And finally, you gotta stay entertained on the bench somehow.