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Poll: What they’ll be wearing at the 2011 All-Star Game – Do you like the new all-star jerseys?

With the 2011 All-Star Game taking on a new format and going away from the East vs. West or the North America vs. World styles that we’ve seen in the recent past, that means it’s time for some new duds for the guys who were picked for the superstar spectacular in Raleigh. In the past we’ve seen some pretty abysmal jerseys for the respective sides. We’ve had the “throwback” styles that had full-blown collars on them as well as stuff that came in green and purple. It makes you wonder who the ad wizards were that thought that was a good idea.

This year’s jerseys are a bit different in that there’s no real designation or name for the team. The teams will be named after the captains in a rather Twilight-esque manner (think Team Crosby, Team Ovechkin, Team Staal, Team Lidstrom) but the jerseys are going to be rather plain and simple all things considered. With one team wearing white trimmed in red and the other in blue trimmed with white, the new All-Star jerseys are pretty bland compared to what we’ve seen in the past.

Have a look for yourself here:

Stars adorn the jerseys and there’s a funky sort of thing going on with the sleeves that gives us a bit of a creepy Slim Goodbody sort of muscular feel to them. The jerseys will have the All-Star Game logo on one shoulder and the player’s team logo on the other. Players will all be able to keep their own numbers for the game which is a pretty nice thing to do so we can avoid any awkward numbering or negotiating to get your own number.

With this sort of format for the game, however, where teams are picked just a couple days in advance of the game this would’ve been a perfect moment to do something that Major League Baseball does for its All-Star Game: Let players wear their own team uniforms. Think about it, you have one team in white, the other in dark jerseys and you let them run wild. Players on teams with alternate jerseys could showcase them in the game in order to drive up interest in it if they felt like it or you could just wear your traditional stuff and show off who you’re playing for.

Not to mention how it would show off the potential dynamic of having teammates possibly playing against each other. It’d make for better marketing for the players, teams, and league to do this rather than putting them in color-neutral boring all-star jerseys. These jerseys aren’t bad necessarily, they just don’t do anything particularly pleasing for the senses. Then again, I’m a throwback fan and haven’t really cared for the All-Star Game jerseys ever since they took “Campbell” and “Wales” off the front, so perhaps I’m not the best person to market these jerseys towards.

What do you think? Are these jerseys worthy of a thumbs up or thumbs down? Vote in our poll and let us know.

Fights, hits and a blown kiss: Stars and Blues get nasty

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Things were getting out of hand between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues on the scoreboard in an eventual 6-1 Blues win.

They were also getting a little raucous on the ice when it was clear that the Stars weren’t going to stage a comeback.

Jamie Benn was whistled for cross-checking Alex Pietrangelo, but it was Stephen Johns‘ hit from behind on Pietrangelo really revved up the violence.

Watch that hit and then the scrum that ensued in the video above, which included a scary display of an angry Ryan Reaves … who got creative at the end.

You may also want the kiss alone, so here it is:

Memo: rough stuff might not work so well against the Blues.

Read about that blowout here.

Blues bombard Stars, go up 2-1 in series

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Sometimes a final score is misleading. In the case of the St. Louis Blues’ 6-1 thrashing of the Dallas Stars, it might just be the start of the story.

Honestly, the most positive thing the Stars can say is “Well, at least it was just one game.”

It was one ugly game, however, and now the Blues hold a 2-1 series lead with a chance to really take control if they can win Game 4 at home.

The Blues dominated just about every category on Tuesday, firing more shots on goal, enjoying better special teams play and throwing more hits. They even blocked a higher number of shots, which often isn’t the case for the squad that carries play.

This leaves the Stars picking up the pieces, especially when it comes to their work in their own end.

Do you put greater blame on struggling goalies Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi or is this more about the Stars’ lax defensive coverage? The scary answer may be “Both,” and the Stars likely know that they need to find answers quickly.

On the bright side for Dallas, it is just one game … and the Blues were searching for answers of their own after Game 1.

We saw the Blues turn things around with these two straight wins, so now the Stars must show that they can gather themselves and play the attacking, out-score-your-mistakes style that got them here.

Granted, they may have to keep an eye out for supplemental discipline after some rough stuff toward the end of the game.

Predators smash Sharks to get back in series

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After a dispiriting 1-0 goal allowed by Pekka Rinne, things were looking bleak for the Nashville Predators for a moment there.

Nashville’s developed into a resilient group, however, and they stormed back for a commanding 4-1 win to shrink San Jose’s series advantage to 2-1.

The Predators saw some of their big names come up huge as the series shifted from San Jose to Nashville.

Pekka Rinne looked sharp following that first goal (and didn’t allow another). Their goals came from James Neal, Colin Wilson, Filip Forsberg and captain Shea Weber.

Weber’s tally was the game-winner, and it was downright thunderous:

Another promising sign: after a struggling to a 2-for-31 clip in previous playoff games, the Predators’ power play went 2-for-5 in Game 3.

Overall, the Predators really couldn’t ask for much more from this win, especially if Colton Sissons is indeed OK after a scary crash into the Sharks’ net.

Things could get really interesting if Nashville manages to “hold serve” with another home win on Thursday.

Stars’ goalie carousel goes around again: Lehtonen replaces Niemi

Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) subs in for goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in Dallas. The Stars won 6-5. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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It’s pretty tough not to make jokes about the Dallas Stars spending $10.4 million on their goalies at times like these, even if Dallas’ defense should shoulder plenty of blame.

After Kari Lehtonen was pulled from a Game 2 loss, the St. Louis Blues chased Antti Niemi early in the second period of Game 3 after Niemi allowed three goals on 12 shots.

Troy Brouwer‘s 3-1 goal was enough for Lindy Ruff to give Niemi the hook:

Unfortunately for the Stars, Lehtonen got off to a slow start as well, allowing an immediate Vladimir Tarasenko goal.

The Blues are now 4-1 and the Stars are searching for answers … and probably wishing Tyler Seguin was around to help them out-score their problems.