Stars’ Jason Demers suspended two games for elbowing Penguins’ Nick Bonino

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Jason Demers elbow on Nick Bonino (via Streamable)

The NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended Dallas Stars blueliner Jason Demers two games for his elbowing major on Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino.

Demers’ elbow on Bonino occurred late in Thursday’s contest between the Stars and Penguins. With the Stars up 4-1 over the Penguins in the third period, Bonino came towards Demers, who was chasing a loose puck into the corner following an empty-net attempt. As Bonino came near, Demers lunged backwards with his body and caught Bonino in the face with an elbow: Read more

Torts, Duclair, Dupuis and Hamburgler all mark firsts tonight

Anthony Duclair (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins get to see what they’ve been missing, the New York Rangers get to see what might have been, the Ottawa Senators get to see their feel-good story from last season and the Columbus Blue Jackets get to see how their new world will look as the NHL marks a hosts of firsts tonight.

* The one that will be the most compelling is John Tortorella’s first game behind the Blue Jackets bench when they visit the Minnesota Wild. A season that started with such high hopes has evolved into a disaster in a hurry. Should the Blue Jackets lose in Tortorella’s debut tonight, they’d be owners of the worst start in the NHL in more than 70 years. Tortorella obviously will not have a chance to put his stamp on the team in time for this game, but motivation should not be a problem for them. Teams often receive an early bump from a coaching change and that’s exactly what the Blue Jackets are seeking with
Tortorella behind the bench.

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Stars honor Jamie Benn’s Art Ross Trophy win with 24/7-style recap

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Jamie Benn

Dallas Stars left winger Jamie Benn won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer in 2014-15, but few would have thought that possible when New York Islanders center John Tavares went out and had a two-point game on the final night of the season.

Heading into the Stars final game of the season, Benn was already a point back of Tavares and Sidney Crosby, who each had 84 points to Benn’s 83. But Benn, for only the second time in the entire season, managed to notch a four-point night, boost his point total to 87 and take home Art Ross honors. In doing so, Benn became the first player in Stars franchise history to win the award.

But in a new video released by the Stars to pay tribute to Benn’s accomplishment, fans can get an inside look at just how much thought and effort went into the Stars captain’s Art Ross victory by the players around him: Read more

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman suffers apparent head injury

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Victor Hedman (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tampa Bay’s star blueliner Victor Hedman left Thursday’s game against the Dallas Stars with what appears to be a head injury.

With less than five minutes remaining in the second period, Hedman took a lead pass and skated into the Dallas zone. Hedman had gotten tangled up along the boards with Dallas defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka when Stars captain Jamie Benn skated in and crunched Hedman along the boards.

As soon as the hit was delivered, Hedman dropped his stick and appeared to clutch his head: Read more

Lightning’s Nesterov gets major, misconduct for dangerous hit from behind on Stars’ McKenzie

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov could be well on his way to earning the regular season’s first suspension following a dangerous hit from behind on Dallas Stars left winger Curtis McKenzie.

In the second period of Tuesday’s game, McKenzie was turning back to pick up a pass from teammate Jason Demers when Nesterov closed the gap between he and the Stars winger. Upon reaching McKenzie, Nesterov didn’t let up and instead put a shoulder into McKenzie’s back. The result was an awful looking hit that left McKenzie writhing in pain on the ice: Read more

Jason Spezza and the Dallas Stars are ready for battle

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Jason Spezza (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Central is the only division in hockey right now in which every team has notched a win. The other three groupings actually have at least two winless squads each and though it’s very early, this was not unforeseen.

With Chicago up top, the Central has been a lethal division lately, with all seven teams making the playoffs within the past two seasons. So if you’re gonna come to the gunfight, you better be armed.

In three seasons as GM of the Stars, Jim Nill has made a habit of splashy summer trades. First it was Tyler Seguin from Boston in 2013, then Jason Spezza from Ottawa a year later. This time, it was Patrick Sharp from the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. Add in the homegrown Jamie Benn and skilled blueliner John Klingberg and that’s a lot of firepower.

But it’s not just about the goals.

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