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Video- First Period Hat Trick From Patrick Eaves In 4-2 Win Over The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Eaves scored on a great shot from a hard angle just 3:19 in to get things started. He followed with a fantastic redirection of a one-hand pass from Tyler Seguin at the net for goal No. 2, and he then batted in the rebound of a Seguin shot on a power play in the final minute of the period.

Eaves has been placed on the top line with Seguin and Jamie Benn because he goes hard to the net and can create distractions or tip pucks. He did exactly that Thursday.

"I'm playing with some pretty special players, and things happen fast out there, usually at the net, so I try to go there," Eaves said.

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A Stinker Of A Game For The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The blinders are off for the Stars and now they see who they're running against.

Like a thoroughbred squaring off against a triple-crown champion, the Stars are halfway through the battle that is the 2015-16 season and they know now it's going to be a heck of a horse race.

The Stars no longer are in first place in the Western Conference. The Chicago Blackhawks have won 10 games in a row and have 64 points. The Stars are 1-4-1 in 2016 and looking incredibly mortal, despite their 62 points.

"The whole league is in playoff mode, except us," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "This is a desperate time for a lot of teams."

Friday's 4-2 loss was just another painful night for Stars fans. Facing the lowest scoring team in the NHL -- the Anaheim Ducks -- Dallas allowed four goals in the first period. That's twice what the Ducks have been averaging in an entire game (1.90). It was confusing, frustrating, embarrassing...all of the ings.

It was frightening, really.

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Video- Tyler Seguin’s High-Stick On Jared Spurgeon

via Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild played six minutes in the third without top-pair defenseman Jared Spurgeon. Tyler Seguin took a baseball swing at a puck in mid-air and instead nailed Spurgeon on the chin. No penalty was called despite Spurgeon leaking blood. He brushed it off afterward, saying, “Just a couple stitches.”

Yeo wanted a five-minute major. The refs told the Wild they didn’t know whose stick hit Spurgeon.

“Obviously, they got a tough job,” Dubnyk said. “I thought the refs did a good job tonight, but it’s tough to see how four guys can miss when the puck’s there. It’s not like it happened away from the play. I would think that everybody is looking at the net when the puck’s up in the air. The other thing I said too is why would our sticks be swinging toward our net? We’re not trying to bat the puck in the net, so we didn’t hit him. Obviously, it’s frustrating when they get the call at the end of the game there, but I thought those guys did a good job tonight. It’s tough for them, if they don’t see it they can’t just make it up either. They don’t get look at the video board and decide what happens, so it’s tough for them too. I thought they did a good job tonight.”

The Wild did win the game, 2-1.

 

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A Five-Year Contract Extension For Jim Nill

from the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi and President, Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor Jim Lites today announced that the club has signed General Manager Jim Nill to five-year contract extension. The extension will run through the 2022-23 regular season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"In just over two years, Jim has helped instill a culture of excellence within our organization and extending that partnership to 2022-23 is vital for the direction of the hockey club," stated Gaglardi. "From the day he stepped into this role, he has displayed tremendous decision-making in the re-tooling of our group and we're excited to build upon the foundation that has been laid. We feel he is one of the best general managers in our League and we are thrilled he is so committed to us."

Nill, 57, is in his third season with the Stars as he was named the team's 11th general manager, and sixth general manager since moving to Dallas, on April 29, 2013. The team currently leads the Western Conference with 62 points on the season with a record of 29-10-4, which marks the best start in franchise history after 43 games played. In his two plus seasons on the job, the club has amassed a record of 110-72-25 and earned a playoff berth in 2013-14.

"Jim Nill was on everyone's short list for a long time and being able to hire to him to lead the hockey department was monumental for the Dallas Stars," said Lites. "He's brought a stability to our franchise and the commitment he's shown by extending his deal five years displays just how confident he is in our young core group of players. He and his wife, Bekki, are our great friends and truly tremendous people. We're lucky to have them as a part of the fabric of the Dallas-Fort Worth area."

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Video- A Bad Night For The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Not only did Dallas lose for the third game in a row, but its two best players spent the final 12 minutes on the bench. That's how bad a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers was.

"It's myself not leading the way," said captain Jamie Benn, who was benched after Viktor Stalberg's goal at 7:50 of the third period. "It was pretty much embarrassing, and I let my teammates down."

After being held off the score sheet in losses to the Devils and Islanders, linemates Benn and Tyler Seguin said they were hoping to lead a strong performance against the Rangers. Instead, both went minus-3 while pushing their scoreless streak to three games.

"They had a tough night, there's no getting around it," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "They had a lot of opportunities against, and by the end of the night, I just didn't play them anymore. They've had a tough trip, and we need those guys. They're going through a tough spell."

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Video- Jason Demers With A Boarding Major And A Game Misconduct

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

"I think the guy who got hit has a history of diving," Ruff said of Clutterbuck. "I looked at the play, and don't think (Demers) elbowed him, I don't think he did anything, really. And (Clutterbuck) didn't seem to be hurt, but he sold it pretty good. Maybe (Demers) deserved a minor penalty, that's my take on it."...

"That was a tough one," Clutterbuck said. "I didn't really see what was happening or see it coming or anything. I just obviously felt the after-effects of it, so I came in (the dressing room) to make sure I wasn't hurt or concussed or anything."

 

 

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Stars Off The Ice Too

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

A group of people wait outside the Stars' locker room after every home game, invited by players to enjoy some hockey and get a glimpse of their heroes.

Win or lose, players greet the handful of fans who are part of the various charitable organizations the team supports.

"It's amazing," said Tom Holy, Stars vice president in charge of communications. "Before I came here, I had never seen a team do that, at least not after every game."

Holy said Tyler Seguin started the tradition with Seguin's Stars, a group that partners with the Southwest Wheelchair Athletic Association to help area fans who are dealing with physical handicaps. It has spread, and now the postgame handshakes include several groups that players have selected for personal reasons.

"I think the thing that impresses me most is that we didn't go to the players and make suggestions; they came to us," Holy said. "Tyler had a cause he wanted to support, he wanted to greet fans after games, and so that's what we do. And all of the players are involved in their own way."

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The Dallas Stars With A Shutout Win Over The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars still are a team trying to learn to win in the NHL, so they looked to the Chicago Blackhawks dynasty last summer and borrowed a few things. Stars general manager Jim Nill traded for veteran Patrick Sharp and then signed defenseman Johnny Oduya and goalie Antti Niemi as free agents.

Sharp had been a part of three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, Oduya two and Niemi one.

It was just one game, but the Stars on Tuesday showed some winning muscles. Dallas was both patient and aggressive in a 4-0 victory against the Blackhawks (20-12-4) before a sold out American Airlines Center in a bit of a playoff-like atmosphere.

“It was a loud building tonight and the way both teams played showed that,” said Niemi.  “We played real hard and didn't give them anything. Especially in these games against our division, that's how we want to play every time.”

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Jamie Benn, A True Power Forward

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Jamie Benn grew up watching and idolizing fellow British Columbia native Joe Sakic.

Recently, the Dallas Stars’ captain has looked a lot more like a reincarnation of Eric Lindros in his prime. Benn might not have Lindros’ pure speed, but he does have the same mix of skill, physicality and ability to bull-rush the net, a combination nearly unmatched in today’s NHL. 

Just ask Canadiens’ defenceman Jeff Petry after Benn railroaded him with a clean hit on Saturday night. Benn’s thunderous hit forced a turnover, which resulted in an assist on Tyler Seguin’s goal by the time Petry could barely get to his feet again.

Benn, 26, leads the NHL with 22 goals in 33 games this season. Since returning with a gold medal from the Sochi Olympics with Team Canada in 2014, Benn has racked up 157 points in 132 games. No player other than teammate Seguin is within 19 points of him over the last two seasons.

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Tom Gaglardi Has Found Success In Dallas

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

He has found success in a town populated by flamboyant, outrageous sports owners like Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban not just by icing a hockey team that scores oodles of goals in an era in which scoring is being suffocated, but also by being the guy who would probably be playing hockey and definitely watching it even if he didn’t own an NHL franchise.

“I’m not a suit,” he said. “For me, the best way to watch a hockey game is in blue jeans with a suit. I don’t want to be any different than that.”

His ability to breathe new life in this organization has been a godsend to the NHL after it was left as the caretaker of the Stars following the spectacular crash of former owner Tom Hicks. Commissioner Gary Bettman had been able to find a quality businessman like Jeff Vinik to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Dallas — a competitive market with lots of history in the sport — needed something a little different.

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