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Dallas Stars Daily Links: For the Stars, Attention to Detail Will Be Key to Getting Back on Track, Says Mike Heika

Last night, the Florida Panthers rolled into American Airlines Center angry and motivated after losing to the Dallas Stars in their own house last week. We all saw the result, or at least read about it.

The captain is making no excuses, as you can tell from his post-game interview with Mike Heika:

“Mistakes by us cost us the game,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “Overall, we didn’t deserve to win. It just goes to show you can’t take any nights off in this league. You’ve got to be ready to go each and every night.”

The defense shoulders some of the blame, but not the suspects you might have picked:

It was a rough night all over the ice. Stars coach Lindy Ruff inserted defensemen Jamie Oleksiak and Patrik Nemeth for their first game of the season, but that shuffle really didn’t affect the team, Ruff said.

Instead, the top pair of Alex Goligoski and John Klingberg finished minus-3.

“We were just too loose,” Goligoski said. “We turned pucks over. We pinched at the wrong time. We didn’t backcheck when we did pinch. It was just not the way we want to see a game go.”

Heika has more, so go find out what the Stars intend to do about their second loss of the season. [SportsDayDFW]


Enough sads for one morning. Here is a picture of Tyler Seguin in his #HockeyFightsCancer warmup jersey.

Heika also shared this video by Stars broadcast team member Julie Dobbs – the latest in the team’s new web series, “The Franchise.” Jim Nill’s wife, Bekki, is a cancer survivor and dropped the ceremonial puck last night.

And a sobering thought from a viewer:

The NHL Wheel of Justice has dealt New Jersey Devils forward Stephen Gionta a $2,284.95 fine for spearing Ottawa Senators D-man Mark Borowiecki in the groin. [CBS Sports]

St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz will be out for three months after breaking his ankle in practice. [Sportsnet]

This is not good news for the Blues, as @IneffectiveMath demonstrates.

Kerry Fraser is staying busy over at TSN. In this column, he takes a look at a high-sticking call from Thursday’s CanucksCapitals game in which Jannik Hansen lifted Evgeni Kuznetsov’s own stick into his face. Was the penalty called correctly? [TSN]

Players from the Senators have carved some pretty cool Halloween pumpkins, and the team is auctioning them to benefit Children at Risk, an Ottawa organization for children and families dealing with autism. You’ll never guess which one Andrew Hammond made. (No fair. You cheated.)

Steven Stamkos to the Calgary Flames? Lyle Richardson calls shenanigans. [The Hockey News]

Roberto Luongo is kind of a social media genius. Alex Prewitt talked with him about his (originally and still officially anonymous) Twitter account, playing for the Florida Panthers, and going back to “the well” (read: toilet jokes). [Sports Illustrated]

Former NHL center Patrick O’Sullivan, who played for the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild, among others, has written a new memoir about years of physical and emotional abuse by his “involved” hockey father and learning how to deal with the trauma as an adult. [Sportsnet]

“Mental health is something I’d like to be viewed the same as going to get an ice pack from the trainer…. If I had been self-aware enough to seek some help while I was playing, then I would have been a much better player.”

Finally: The Columbus Blue Jackets finally broke their duck last night, beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in the accursed Pepsi Center for their first win of 2015-16. Maybe this is some kind of sign that all their good fortune will be drawn from our account this season. Or not. Anyway, they were happy, and other people’s relief can be cathartic. And to the Anaheim Ducks: Soon.

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