Dallas Stars Daily Links: John Klingberg (Once Again) Lifts Stars to Overtime Win

Thanks to John Klingberg, the Stars defeated the Wild in overtime. Plus, Dion Phaneuf has a new home, and a look at the importance of analytics.

As Razor would say, John Klingberg once again went #fullhero to put away the Wild 4-3 in overtime.

Klingberg did, however, have some help from Kari Lehtonen, who stood tall in a third-period onslaught from Minnesota. Not only that, but he had a good time doing it.

Every time it seemed the Wild might be able to push through, Lehtonen stepped up.

"It was fun. I was excited all day to get out there and play for the first time in a long time," Lehtonen said. "It was actually nice. It was nice to get those sequences with lots of shots and get into the flow. It was cool to be there."

In his recap, Mike Heika also pointed out that three of the Stars' four goals came from defensemen, highlighting the risk/reward duality that comes with the team's style of play.

"That's who we are, Demers made a great decision, and then he got a little lucky," Klingberg said of the puck deflecting in off a Wild player. "Goose too, great goal. We're talking a lot about the D being able to stay offensive, so it was a good game for us."

There's more on the OT win at the link. [SportsDayDFW]


First of all...

And second of all...

Here are Razor's thoughts on last night's win.

Mike Heika answered all of your Stars questions—like who might be on the move before the trade deadline—during his weekly chat. [SportsDayDFW]

First-round pick Denis Gurianov scored a goal in his latest game.

Without Jason Spezza in the lineup, Lindy Ruff has had to do some juggling. [SportsDayDFW]

From Sidney Crosby's hot streak to the current trade rumors going around, Elliotte Friedman shares his latest 30 Thoughts. [Sportsnet]

ICYMI yesterday, a nine-player trade between Toronto and Ottawa sent Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf to the Senators. [NHL]

While the general consensus is that both teams benefited from the trade, you can also take the move to mean that Toronto is fully focused on its rebuild. [Sportsnet]

Elsewhere in the Division That Never Sleeps...

After a hit from Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, Nazem Kadri made a throat-slashing gesture, which is being reviewed by the league's hockey operations department. [CBS Sports]

Over at TSN, Travis Yost reminds you that analytics are important and can have a positive impact on an organization. [TSN]

Unless, of course, you're the Avalanche. They're not so concerned with #fancystats. [Puck Daddy]

The Devils retired Martin Brodeur's No. 30 last night in an emotional ceremony (and New Jersey beat Edmonton 2-1).

After originally thinking an NHL team would come to Las Vegas "in no time," Bill Foley is learning that the expansion process is an arduous one. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

From Coyotes captain Shane Doan to Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle, here are five players who could retire after this season—and have the chance to do so on top. [The Hockey News]

Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling paid it forward during the team's recent trip to Arizona. [The Score]

Jaromir Jagr continues to climb the charts.

Wayne Gretzky talks about current-day greats Jaromir Jagr and Alex Ovechkin, and offers his opinion on how the Kings are doing this year (that 9-2 win over the Bruins speaks for itself). [NHL]

If you've been wondering what it's like to live with Taylor Hall and Connor McDavid, here's your chance to find out. (Spoiler alert: It involves playing a lot of card games and not talking too much about hockey.) [Puck Daddy]

And finally, keep an eye out for the latest issue of The Hockey News.