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The Dallas Stars are attempting to become the third team in 50 years to go from worst to first in their division. The 1996-97 Stars won 30 times in their first 53 games, a faster pace than any team in franchise history. And their impressive 13-8-2 record against Eastern Conference teams stood in stark contrast to their 5-16-5 mark against those teams last season.
The only previous worst-to-first teams were the 1969-70 Chicago Blackhawks and the 1993-94 New York Rangers.
Lightning GM Phil Esposito on Mario Lemieux and Mike Gartner joining the 600-goal, 600-assist club that also includes himself, Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Marcel Dionne. “It’s like getting 500 homers and 3,000 base hits.”
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