Dallas Stars Daily Links: With Help From Antti "Nieme," Stars Top Sabres

The Stars continued their strong start to the season with a win over Buffalo. Plus, people are still talking about that John Klingberg kid, and the All-Star Game gets a new look.

Led by fearless goaltender Antti Nieme, the Stars defeated the Sabres 3-1 last night.

Wait, sorry. You mean it's Niemi? Are you sure?

Fortunately, the jersey snafu in warm-ups was sorted out by puck drop. And, as it turns out, Niemi didn't even notice the error.

Niemi said he wasn't aware until warm-ups were over and he changed into a different jersey. "I'm sure it was funny," he said. "I got a few messages during the game."

Speaking of errors... Stars captain Jamie Benn owned up to making a poor decision by taking a penalty in the third period.

"It was a stupid penalty at a pretty important time of the game," said Benn. "Absolutely nothing was going on. Then a bad penalty, and they score, and the building was rocking."

Coach Lindy Ruff also sounded off on the game.

Razor, too, shared his illustrious insight on the win.

You can read the rest of Mike Heika's recap at the link. [SportsDayDFW]


A different approach to zone entries has helped to improve the Stars' power play this season. [SportsDayDFW]

I think there might have to be a separate section of links every day just for the nice things people are saying about John Klingberg. He's pretty popular right now, as you may have noticed. [Puck Daddy]

Keep an eye out for this week's Sports Illustrated, which features a familiar face.

Blues forward Jori Lehtera was taken to the hospital after being high-sticked in the throat and face in the team's loss to the Blue Jackets. [NHL]

Kings goaltending prospect Patrik Bartosak is facing a dozen charges related to domestic assault. [Los Angeles Times]

Although the Sabres couldn't find a way to beat the Stars last night, head coach Dan Bylsma is responsible for a promising turnaround in Buffalo. [TSN]

You can expect an official announcement on the All-Star Game's format today, but reports are already coming in as to what the game will look like.

Elliotte Friedman has his 30 Thoughts of the week to share with you. [Sportsnet]

After rumors trickled out that Patrick Marleau would be willing to waive his NTC for several teams, Sean McIndoe tracked down the rare players in history who have spent 15-plus seasons with one team, only to be traded elsewhere. [ESPN]

Evgeni Malkin had a little fun with the Minnesota Wild last night.

Things aren't exactly going as planned for Jets fans right now—the team is in the midst of a six-game skid, and Jacob Trouba's play has been disappointing. [SI]

The Islanders' move to Brooklyn has been... not good for attendance. [Newsday]

In an attempt to make Jonathan Bernier less self-conscious about letting in a goal from center ice the other night, Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen let in this shot from James Neal.

Bridge contract? What bridge contract? The Hockey News' Ken Campbell argues that the Avalanche should just hand over the money to Nathan MacKinnon. [THN]

The Philadelphia Inquirer digs deeper into Mike Richards' sharp decline. [Philly.com]

Been wondering what jerseys will look like in the post-Reebok era? One designer took a crack at it. [Imgur]

And finally, for your enjoyment...