Dallas Stars Daily Links: Another Preseason Loss to the Panthers, But the Stars Are Still Focused on the Positive

The team did much more right than wrong in Sunday night's loss to the Florida Panthers, says Lindy Ruff. Plus, the Stars on another most-fun-to-watch list, and Alexander Semin's brief experiment with growing a tail.

The Dallas Stars dropped their third preseason game last night with their second preseason loss to the Florida Panthers, 4-2 (with an empty-net goal). What can you say about a game in which Travis Moen – gritty vet that he is – earns two-thirds of a Gordie Howe hat trick and the Second Star of the Night? Brad has already recapped it, so let's hear the Stars talk it out in their own words.

First of all, Lindy Ruff will remind you how good the entire team looked for most of the game, especially on the penalty kill: "If you play games like that, you're gonna win."

Kari Lehtonen was looking good until a huge misadventure behind the net led directly to the Panthers' go-ahead goal. He kicks himself for it in this clip, but he also lets on that he was really, really enjoying himself during his rather brilliant performance in the 3-on-3 OT test afterward.

And at some point during his performance against the Panthers, did you get the impression that Mattias Janmark wants a job in Dallas? ...Was that just me? Here he relives the evening talking about "the most fun game I've played over here."

Our Gang is at it again tomorrow night, hosting the St. Louis Blues at 7:30 p.m. in American Airlines Center. Josh Bogorad offers this bit of advance intelligence about another recent addition who'll be getting in his first game with the team:


Yes, the Stars dropped that decision last night, but here's a little something to help put things in perspective.

The Hockey News has posted its 2015-16 projections for the Stars (and for "the league's best projected duo"). [THN]

Chris Peters says the 2015-16 Stars may be the most fun team to watch in the Central. [CBS Sports]

But he still thinks the homicide division is going to be all about the Blackhawks.

Speaking of fun...that relentless party monster Tyler Seguin is at it again. Look at him at Park & Palate on Friday, helping "raise money" for a "community park" in "downtown Dallas." If you can imagine.

And speaking of guys who thrived after leaving Boston, Josh Cooper tries to figure out why no one seems to give Joe Thornton the credit he deserves. [Puck Daddy]

Joel Quenneville likes Ryan Garbutt, and he'll tell you why. [CSN Chicago]

Canada is taking its time choosing a head coach for its 2016 World Cup of Hockey Team, but Mike Babcock has said he's interested. [theScore]

After signing a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brad Boyes will finally get a chance to play for the team that originally drafted him 15 years ago. [Sportsnet]

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette needed X-rays after blocking a hard shot with his left leg in Dallas on Saturday night. The good news is that nothing is broken.

The family of the late NHL enforcer Todd Ewen has donated his brain for concussion research. [The Hockey News]

With Zdeno Chara listed as day-to-day and Dennis Seidenberg out for two months after back surgery, the Boston Bruins may be in the market for another defenseman. [theScore]

The CWHL's Montreal women's hockey team has changed its name from the Stars to the Canadiennes. [Sports Illustrated]

Finally: What do you do when you get an opponent's stick stuck in the back of your jersey in the middle of your shift? If you're Alexander Semin, you just deal with it. There's a long and hilarious sequence posted at SB Nation, but check out the appetizer from Stephanie @MyRegularFace Vail below. [LookIt]