Dallas Stars Daily Links: Leading By Example

The Dallas Stars have been playing stellar lately, and captain Jamie Benn is at the center of it all. Plus, Turner Sports locks up the second NHL media rights package, NHL awards watch, and more.

The Dallas Stars secured two points in last night’s 4-3 overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes last night, and it’s all thanks to Jamie Benn. The captain was involved in every Stars goals, posting three assists as well as the game-winning goal.

This is just the latest of several phenomenal performances from Benn, who has been leading the Stars in their late season charge to secure a playoff spot:

“I think his game has gotten better and better as the season has gone on,” [Joe] Pavelski said. “He’s been really good. He’s taken control of that line and he’s been skating, making a lot of good plays.”

Benn’s impact hasn’t just been limited to points, however. He’s been a true leader for the team in what has been a difficult season, and just like always, his teammates are in awe:

“It’s unreal. Everyone loves that guy. He is the best captain I have ever played for,” goaltender Jake Oettinger said.... “A lot of people don’t see what type of person he is off the ice or to the guys or the type of leadership that he brings on a daily basis. For him to get rewarded is awesome and the guys are super fired up for him.”

You can read more from Saad Yousuf here.

Stars Stories

Here’s what Jamie Benn himself had to say about the game:

Here’s head coach Rick Bowness on Benn and the team’s much needed win:

And here’s Oettinger, who won last night with his grandparents in attendance:

Speaking or rookies, Jason Robertson extended his point streak to eight games. Can he overtake Kirill Kaprizov?

Yesterday was Pride Night — here are some t-shirts you can buy to commemorate the event;

The team also sported rainbow-colored jerseys and stick tape in warm ups, and Sami Vatanen kept the tape job for the actual game itself:

Around the League

It’s still a two-horse race for 4th in the Central, as the Nashville Predators took care of business against the Florida Panthers with a 4-1 win:

After this season, NBC will no longer be an NHL partner — Turner Sports secured the second NHL media rights package, paying $225M annually:

Andrew Shaw has decided to hang up his skates:

Finally, as the regular season approaches its end, awards talk ramps up. Dom Luszczyszyn breaks down the races for each major award: