STAR GAZ­ING

Dal­las hates the very team it wants to be­come: the Chicago Black­hawks

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

RI­VAL­RIES ARE SOME­TIMES like ro­mances: you chase what you can’t have. Teams like Nashville and Min­nesota hate the Stars, but Dal­las turns its gaze up­ward to­ward Chicago. Big moves in re­cent sum­mers like the Tyler Seguin and Ja­son Spezza trades were ul­ti­mately about mea­sur­ing up to the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion’s top team.

As the Stars rose to rel­e­vance last sea­son, they got the Black­hawks’ at­ten­tion. Last De­cem­ber in Chicago, Dal­las su­per-pest An­toine Rous­sel beat Corey Craw­ford on a penalty shot for what turned out to be a game-win­ning goal. After scor­ing, Rous­sel taunted the United Cen­ter crowd, putting a hand to his ear to lis­ten for cheers. That same game, Rous­sel had a vi-

JAMIE BENN

cious fight against An­drew Shaw and a penalty for el­bow­ing Jonathan Toews in the head.

The Stars-Black­hawks ri­valry got a ma­jor spark with Dal­las mov­ing into the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion last sea­son and, with the Stars look­ing like a team on the rise, th­ese two teams will start hat­ing each other more by the day.

The two teams meet Oct. 9, Nov. 16, Jan. 4, Jan. 18 and March 21.

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