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DALLAS -- Cody Eakin scored 2:18 into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.

Eakin took a pass from Jamie Benn on a 2-on-1 break and beat goalie Jaroslav Halak. The goal gave the Stars their first overtime victory in eight games this season.

Anders Lee tied it for New York with 2 seconds remaining in regulation when his shot from the left-wing boards hit defender Jordie Benn's skate and eluded goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders in the first period.

Brett Ritchie and Vernon Fiddler scored on third-period rebounds as Dallas rallied for a 2-1 lead. Lehtonen made 35 saves for the Stars, who were 0-4-2 in their previous six games.

Halak stopped 32 shots but the Islanders lost their second consecutive game.


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Don MaloneyChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesCoyotes GM Don Maloney jump-started his team's rebuild process with shrewd moves at the deadline.
After the dust settled, the buzzer had finished buzzing and those final trades that trickle in after the deadline finally dried up, Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney admitted it was good to be done with the process. The trade deadline is a stressful time for a club; it’s intense.

It was a ton of work, and now the next couple of months for the Coyotes -- well, they could be miserable.

“I think you’re being kind," Maloney said jokingly.

It’s not going to be easy winning games without Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle. Things weren’t going particularly well when they were around, after all.

But during the course of the weekend and through Monday’s deadline day, no team did more to improve its outlook than the Coyotes. It was dramatic, and the rebuild in Arizona was absolutely fast-tracked.

“You always hope so, No. 1,” Maloney said Monday evening. “It may depend on how this draft goes and where we end up drafting. Obviously, if we draft very high in the top couple slots, that’s when you can really jump-start this reset.”

Even if they don’t, the Coyotes loaded up on picks and prospects to join an organization that already has good young players coming, and a franchise defenseman in Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Add Connor McDavid to Max Domi, Anthony Duclair, Maxim Letunov, Brendan Perlini and Henrik Samuelsson, and this won’t be a five-year process. It may not be a two-year process. In all, the Coyotes added Letunov, Duclair, John Moore, a 2015 first-round pick, 2016 first-round pick, 2015 second-round pick and already had an extra third-rounder from the Devan Dubnyk trade with the Wild.

The deadline is usually about the contending teams loading up to win a Stanley Cup. That’s usually the focus. But the Coyotes won the deadline. It might not have even been all that close.

Here’s how the rest of the teams rank in their performance during the last few weeks of the trade season, and for those who missed any of my trade grades, click here.

2. Philadelphia Flyers.

Top remaining trade targets 

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Maple LeafsLeon Halip/Getty ImagesHow many of these players will remain Maple Leafs after Monday's deadline?
In the middle of Sunday’s action, when picks were flying back and forth and everyone was still trying to figure out exactly what the price was for Keith Yandle, an Eastern Conference executive stopped to assess the situation.

“I think some of the prices that have been paid, for the players who have been acquired, are insane,” he said.

Maybe it was frustration talking, but it wasn’t exactly inaccurate.

The price of doing business is high. While you were sleeping, the Lightning sent a package that included a first- and third-round pick to the Flyers for Braydon Coburn. The Lightning could do it because GM Steve Yzerman has built up a wealth of good young players and extra draft picks with smart management.

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DALLAS -- Clayton Stoner scored the go-ahead goal in the third period with his first of the season, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.

Stoner, who hadn't scored in his first 54 games, put a slap shot from the left point between the legs of Dallas' Jhonas Enroth. The goal was unassisted.

The game was tied at 1 before Stoner's goal at 4:19 of the third. Ryan Getzlaf increased the lead to 3-1 on a breakaway at 14:09.

Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim. The Pacific Division leaders are 5-1 in their last six games.

John Gibson made 39 saves for the Ducks, while Enroth finished with 19.

Patrick Eaves scored on the power play for Dallas, which is on a six-game winless streak (0-4-2).


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Erik ColeIcon Sportswire/AP ImagesForward Erik Cole, who has 15 even-strength goals, should bolster Detroit's offense.

The deal

Detroit Red Wings get: Erik Cole, 2015 third-round pick

Dallas Stars get: Mattias Backman, Mattas Janmark and a 2015 second-round pick


Detroit Red Wings: B

The Red Wings are averaging 2.9 goals per game, which is No. 7 in the NHL. But they’re a little reliant on a power play that is No. 1 in the league, and that’s a hard way to win in the playoffs where power plays can dry up quickly. At even strength, the Red Wings average just 2.07 goals per 60 minutes, a total that is No. 23 in the league.

Cole will help.

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Stars trade Erik Cole to Wings

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DALLAS -- The Stars traded forward Erik Cole to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

The Stars got center Mattias Janmark, defenseman Mattias Backman and a second-round pick this year for Cole and a conditional third-round pick.

Cole, 36, had 18 goals and 17 assists in 57 games for the Stars this season. He has 262 goals and 264 assists in 881 games with Carolina, Edmonton, Montreal and Dallas.

"This might be one of the best years he's had," Stars general manager Jim Nill said.

In 2011-12, Cole had 35 goals and 26 assists for Montreal.

"I was warming up for the game here, got pulled away and found out that a deal had been reached," Cole told Canadian sports network TSN. "I found a little after that I was going to be headed to Detroit. It should be a great experience with a great team that is in the playoffs."

Janmark and Backman, both 22, have not played in the NHL.

Detroit drafted Backman in the fifth round in 2011 and Janmark in the third round in 2013. They have played mostly in their native Sweden and logged some time with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Nill was Detroit's assistant general manager when the Red Wings picked Backman 146th overall but was with the Stars when Janmark was drafted.

"I've seen Backman ever since we drafted him," Nill said. "He's very close to being an NHL-ready defenseman. Janmark plays the game the right way both ways. We look forward to getting him over here and seeing where his development's at."

This season, Janmark has 13 goals and 23 assists in 53 games for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League. Backman had four assists in 18 games at Grand Rapids, and has four goals and 12 assists in 23 games for Linkopings.


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Flames place Mark Giordano on IR

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames have claimed defenseman David Schlemko off waivers from the Dallas Stars and placed captain Mark Giordano on the injured list with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Giordano, a front-runner for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, was listed as out indefinitely several days ago.

Giordano has 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points. He is tied with P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens for the league lead in points among defensemen.

Schlemko, a left-handed shooter, has nine goals and 41 assists in 212 career games with the Stars and Arizona Coyotes. He has a goal and three assists in 25 games this season.


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Avalanche rally, beat Stars in shootout 5-4

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DALLAS -- Ryan O'Reilly scored on the first shot of a shootout, and it was enough for the Colorado Avalanche to beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Friday night.

Colorado's Semyon Varlamov stopped all three Stars shots in the shootout after O'Reilly lifted the puck over Dallas' Kari Lehtonen and in off the crossbar.

Nate Guenin had a career-high three points with a goal and two assists for the Avalanche. They rallied from deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 in the third period.

Cody Eakin had two goals and an assist, but the Stars lost their fifth straight game (0-3-2) They also were 0-3-2 against Colorado this season.

For Colorado, Tyson Barrie also had a goal and two assists. Gabriel Landeskog had one of each, Matt Duchene assisted twice and Jarome Iginla scored a goal.

Jason Spezza and Antoine Roussel also scored for Dallas.


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Lowry, Hutchinson lead Jets in 4-2 win over Stars

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Adam Lowry put in his own rebound to break a second-period tie as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Michael Frolik, with an empty-netter, also scored for Winnipeg. Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves for Winnipeg and has points in his last six starts (4-0-2).

Erik Cole and Jason Demers supplied the offense for Dallas, winless in its past four games and slipping out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.

Jhonas Enroth stopped 21 shots for Dallas. He got the start after giving up six third-period goals in the Stars' 6-2 loss to Minnesota last Sunday.


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Analytics still a hard sell in the NHL

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Dallas Eakins Jonathan Kozub/NHLI/Getty Images"I can't wrap my head around why the analytics guys hate the old-school guys and the old-school guys hate the analytics," says former Oilers coach Dallas Eakins, an analytics proponent.

When the Edmonton Oilers hired Dallas Eakins in June 2013 to kick-start their youth movement, he was seen as the archetype for the new breed of NHL coach. Eakins, 46, was a former NHL player, a successful American Hockey League head coach and well-versed in the world of advanced stats.

In fact, Eakins considers himself an analytics proponent. Last summer, Eakins championed the hiring of prominent analytics blogger and vocal Oilers critic Tyler Dellow for a role in hockey operations. With Dellow's input, Eakins tweaked the way the Oilers played in order to improve their Corsi, an advanced stat that measures possession. Edmonton saw a significant improvement in Corsi percentage under Eakins from last season to this season.

The wins column was another story. After the Oilers lost 15 of 16 games, Eakins was fired in December, just 18 months after he was hired. In one of his first interviews since leaving Edmonton, Eakins spoke with ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance about the challenge of selling analytics in a sport that remains resistant to change.

Custance: What's the hardest part about selling analytics in hockey?


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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Zach Parise scored twice and the Minnesota Wild set a team record with six goals in the third period of a 6-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.

The Wild are an NHL-best 11-1-1 since the All-Star break, outscoring the opposition 40-18 during that stretch to get into playoff position for the first time since Nov. 24.

Mikko Koivu, Stephane Veilleux, Matt Dumba and Mikael Granlund also had goals for the Wild during the highest-scoring period in franchise history.

Making his 17th straight start since being acquired from Arizona in mid-January, Devan Dubnyk finished with 18 saves to improve to 13-2-1 with Minnesota.

Jason Spezza scored twice for Dallas, which is 0-2-1 in its last three.


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