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NHL’s Winter Classic a big hit in the ‘Big House’

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Outdoor hockey. In the snow. A packed stadium with fans rooting excitedly for their team. A great atmosphere for hockey. This is what the NHL was hoping for with the Winter Classic. On New Year's Day three weeks ago, that's what they got. A great atmosphere for hockey.

Dallas Stars need to gain consistency to make postseason

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A week ago this past Monday was one of the scariest situations I've ever witnessed. I wasn't watching the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars game initially, but when I saw a local T.V. station tweet out a photo of the Stars hunched over an empty bench, I got over to Fox Sports Southwest. What I was met with was silence. No noise in the arena. No sound from the television broadcast.

Dallas Stars finally headed back to postseason after long wait

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To say it's been a while since Dallas saw postseason hockey might be an understatement. When the Dallas Stars host the Anaheim Ducks in Game Three of their series on April 21, it will have been six years since the American Airlines Center last hosted a playoff hockey game. It may not seem that long on the surface, but since the Stars last played in a postseason series, the Texas Rangers went to back-to-back World Series' and have played past Game 162 in each of the past four seasons, the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Finals and the Dallas Cowboys moved out of Texas Stadium and into AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Yeah, it's been a while. But it's worth the wait now.

Scrappy Stars hanging around in first round showdown with Ducks

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One of the rules of the postseason in sports is to never let the underdog/scrappy team hang around in the game or series. The longer it's closer, the more likely that the other team will pull off an upset. This year in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Dallas Stars are that scrappy team and their 3-0 win last night, coupled with two one-goal losses in the first two games of the series have them within at least striking distance of the Anaheim Ducks in their first round series.

Stanley Cup Final sets up for great east vs. west showdown

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East Coast versus West Coast. A team of survival against a team of seeming destiny. With the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings squaring off for Lord Stanley's cup coming beginning on Wednesday, the NHL may finally have the battle it needs to really solidify itself as the fourth major sport in the U.S.

Excitement for Dallas Stars slips after terrible start

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Despite losing in tough fashion in Game Six of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, giving up two goals late to fall to overtime and losing in the extra frame, the Dallas Stars had a lot to look forward to for this season. They had made the postseason, which most people didn't think they would do. They pushed the top seeded Anaheim Ducks to the brink of a Game Seven. And the supposedly made good gains this offseason to make the team even better. But a 5-6-4 start to the season has made all of than an afterthought.

Improvement from Stars imperative over next few weeks

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When I last wrote about the Dallas Stars a few weeks ago about their really slow start to the season, I said that one of the reasons not to press the panic button was that there was still a long way to go in the season. Now approaching the middle of December, that tune is still the same, but with little to no improvement over the past few weeks, the urgency to turn the season around has increasingly grown to the point where it's almost imperative for that to happen in order for the Stars to stay in the hunt for the post season.