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Why The Dallas Stars Are Point-Less In 2014

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

When the Stars were rolling up victories, Seguin and Benn were leading the way. When they were beating some of the best teams, those two were the best players. But in this recent slump, they have come up dry, and that might tell you a little something about the Stars and their growing pains.

While Seguin is having a renaissance season since his trade from Boston, he’s still just a 21-year-old who is in his first year of learning how to play NHL center. While Benn is 24 and the face of the franchise, he still is in his first season being the captain and is also adjusting to a change of position.

Valeri Nichushkin is 18, and his play has shown wild fluctuations. Alex Chaisson is 23, and he’s just learning to handle the burden of being an NHL goal-scorer while mired in a 17-game goal drought.

“We’re young,” veteran forward Ray Whitney said, “and it’s hard to put youth behind you.”

But it’s part of the process of growing. Seguin last season faced lower-level defenders when he played on the second or third line in Boston. This season, he has to go against the opposition’s best for the entire game.

“Part of my job is to produce and get the goals, so you have to deal with that.” Seguin said. “I think that’s definitely part of being in this role.”


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Video- Tomas Tatar With The Possible Goal Of The Night

Dallas defenseman had Tatar lined-up, at least he thought he did...



added 9:48pm, Dallas broadcast of the goal below...

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Video- Lindy Ruff Not Happy With Incidental Goalie Interference Call

You don't need to be a lip reader to understand what Ruff was saying after one ref called it a goal but was overruled by the other on-ice officials.

The action start at the :24 second mark.

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Sergei Gonchar Remains Out With Concussion-Like Symptoms

from Mark Stepneski at the Dallas Stars website,

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar remains out with concussion-like symptoms. Gonchar, who was injured in Saturday’s game in San Jose, will miss his second straight game when the Dallas Stars open a five-game homestand against the Nashville Predators tonight at American Airlines Center.

“Still not feeling quite right,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said about Gonchar, “so we’ve got to get him through that and when we do, he’ll start to exercise again.”

Aaron Rome, who has missed the last four games with a hip injury, will come back into the lineup tonight. Rome was injured in the Dec. 16 game in Colorado.

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Gonchar took a puck to the head, you can see the play below...

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The ‘Detroit Way’ In Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

 If anyone knows about trying to build on the lessons of the Detroit Red Wings, it’s San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

Once an assistant under head coach Mike Babcock, McLellan was snapped up after the Red Wings’ 2008 Stanley Cup victory and named head coach of the Sharks. Since that time, he has built San Jose into a puck possession machine and pushed them to a 217-100-47 record.

So when he was asked if his old Red Wings bunkmate and new Stars general manager Jim Nill could help spread the message of "The Detroit Way,’’ McLellan nodded in agreement.

"I think you’re starting to see some of that there, with faceoffs and puck possession. It’s pretty easy to spot in certain areas,’’ McLellan said. "But I also think that Jim will do `The Detroit Way’ with a flare. Jim recognizes that your identity is ever evolving. He’s open to doing things different.’’


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Video- The Phone Call That Changed Tyler Seguin’s Life

Four of Seguin's childhood friends were involved in a car accident a year ago, one suffered a broken neck.

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Video- Anthony Peluso Gets Five For Boarding

Plus a game misconduct for this hit on Alex Goligoski.

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Video- Goal Of The Night Candidate- Valeri Nichushkin

Great goal by the rookie...

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Valeri Nichushkin Opening Eyes In Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The fact Valeri Nichushkin is the first 18-year-old to play for the Stars since the franchise moved to Dallas in 1993 tells you he’s different.

The fact he’s the first Stars rookie to score four points in a game since Jere Lehtinen did it in 1996 tells you he’s gifted.

The fact teammates believe he’s only scratching the surface of his potential tells you he’s special. Maybe very special.

“Val’s play continues to grow. For me that’s really important,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said after Nichushkin had a goal and three assists in a 5-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. “He made a couple of really good plays on those goals, and physically, he’s been dominating some battles.”

Nichushkin learned the game on Russia’s bigger rinks and only started playing in North America this season. That might have been a factor in his being held to two points and a minus-3 in his first 12 games. Since then, he has 13 points and is plus-12 in the past 15 games.


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Video- Oh Zac Rinaldo

Early in the first period this afternoon against Dallas.

01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 5 minutes, fighting
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 2 minutes, instigator
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 10 minutes, game misconduct
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 10 minutes, misconduct

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