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Video- Matt Martin Major For Kneeing And A Game Misconduct

Looks more like a knee to inner thigh hit.


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Kari Lehtonen Issues In Dallas?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The veteran bench boss lit into Lehtonen for the second time this season, and with newfound furry after a 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado. Now, you can say Ruff was talking about the goaltending problem in general with this team (the back-ups are 2-12-0 on the season), but this dagger was clearly pointed at Lehtonen.

“I know this is hard, but the goaltending performance doesn’t match the effort of the team,” Ruff said. “You need goaltending. It’s as simple as that. There’s nights that he has to steal games, there’s nights where he has to out-perform the other guy. Our goaltending has been tough on our team, and I think that’s where the frustration is.”

To Ruff, there is logic there. His team allowed just seven shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, and Lehtonen still let in a soft goal. In fact, the Stars battled back to take a 3-1 lead early in the third period, and all Lehtonen had to do was weather the expected storm. It happens to all teams who hold a lead _ they simply are going to be outshot, and the goalie has to hold on and get the win....

And that has to be somewhere in Ruff’s brain when he’s watching these meltdowns - he has to wonder if his goalie has a loose wire, if he simply can’t handle pressure.

Maybe he’s testing him now to see how he responds. Maybe this is needed before the team makes a big decision in the summer.

But, if you ask me, Lehtonen isn’t good with extreme emotion . 


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Dallas Stars Now Onboard For Expanded Review/Coach’s Challenge

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

After referees did not call what several Stars said was an obvious goaltender interference penalty Saturday against Detroit, which eventually scored a 7-6 overtime victory, the topic of replay was big Sunday morning.

Stars general manager Jim Nill and president Jim Lites said they are in favor of doing what it takes to get calls right.

“I just think that if the refs miss something, they should be given the opportunity to see what they missed,” Lites said. “You can say it’s a judgment call, but these are the same people who are making that judgment call, and they should be given all of the information.”

Nill concurred and said that any opportunity to make sure the call is right should be the goal of the league and its officials. He added that fans get the information immediately, so why shouldn’t referees?

“It’s something we have to figure out,” Nill said. “Because of video replays, everyone can figure out what has happened in the arena and at home. We know instantly if it’s the right or wrong call.

“The speed of the game is tough for the referees, because they have to make a call in a split second. But should there be a huddle by the penalty box on a goal like that to just take a look and see if it should be a goal?”

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If you missed it earlier, you can watch the "obvious goaltender interference" below....

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The Dallas Stars Post-Game After An OT Loss To Detroit

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff

On tonight’s game:

“Tough one to lose.  We played our hearts out.”

On twice losing a two-goal lead:

“Goligoski had a stick between his legs and was dumped and your goaltender gets cross-checked into the net.”

On Kari Lehtonen being hit in the crease on Detroit’s sixth goal:

“It’s inexcusable.  There’s no explanation, it’s inexcusable and it ruined a hell of a hockey game.  Bottom line.”


Here is the game tying sixth goal by Pavel Datsyuk.



Below, watch the highlights from this entertaining game...

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Video- Antoine Roussel Suspended Two Games

Here is the video explanation by Patrick Burke.


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Jhonas Enroth Traded To Dallas

added 4:26pm,



added 4:33pm, Dallas Stars release is below...

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GIF- Antoine Roussel A Major For Cross-Checking And A Game Misconduct


added 8:04pm, video below...

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The Dallas Stars Are Playing Well Enough To Win, But…

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

There’s a feeling in hockey that, at the end of the season, things will even out.

Officials’ calls.


Games you should win but you don’t.

If that’s the case, the Stars believe they’re due for a nice run. Of their last eight losses, you could put six into the category of “undeserved.” Now, that’s a very subjective term, but it does say that each game featured plenty of good play by the Stars and the wrong result at the end of the night.

“It’s tough. It’s frustrating,” defenseman Alex Goligoski said. “We’ve played some good hockey and found ways to lose games. You get mad at times, but if we can get away from that, we have the opportunity to be a pretty good team.”

And that’s silver lining to the rough run. While fans are getting carpet burns from having the rug pulled out from beneath them on so many occasions, Dallas still is a team with a 23-19-8 record in the middle of a playoff hunt.


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Jason Spezza Returns To Ottawa

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Naturally, the 31-year-old centre was asked what kind of reception he expects from Ottawa fans known for their love-hate relationship with the former captain.

“Fans are passionate, so I hope I’m remembered for giving my all and having some success here, but I expect them to support their team, too,” Spezza said. “They’ve always supported the club, but hopefully they appreciate that I gave everything when I was here and did all I could to help us win.”

About that. If only the Senators had cashed in one of those years – in 2003, when Spezza was the kid on the rise, or 2006 when Dominik Hasek went down, or 2007 when Spezza-Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson were the NHL’s top offensive line.

“We were so close for a three, four-year period there (and we) had as good a team as anybody in the league,” Spezza said.


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Missing Jason Spezza In Ottawa

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Jason Spezza is the player Mika Zibanejad wants to become.

Like Spezza, Zibanejad was a first-round pick. They are right-shot, offensive-minded centers. They were teenagers when they made their NHL debuts with the Senators. They played together for parts of three seasons.

Zibanejad didn’t figure, however, that he’d have to become Spezza’s replacement this soon.

Ottawa is fighting for the playoffs. Craig Anderson has delivered ace goaltending. Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur are clicking as a dangerous combination.

But the Senators miss Spezza, the longtime Senator who is now finding his way as a first-year Star. They are not as good without their former captain, who wanted a change after 686 games as a Senator. The Stars had the cap room to absorb Spezza’s $7 million average annual value and the pieces to deliver a package that made the trade close to palatable for the Senators.

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