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