In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: The Stars beat the Avalanche in a wild high-scoring game…Steven Stamkos nets a hat trick in Lightning rally over the Blackhawks…Penguins Steve Sullivan struggling to score…Sean Avery expected to play tonight for Rangers…Jakub Voracek looking forward to playing against Blue Jackets…An excerpt from Georges Laraque’s book.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Dallas Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche 7-6 in a thrilling game which could be an early candidate for game of the year. Matt Duchene netted a hat trick for the Avs in a losing cause, while Stars forward Jamie Benn had a four point night, and teammate Loui Eriksson had two goals, including the OT winner.

Stamkos nets hat trick in Lightning victory.

TAMPABAY.COM: Steven Stamkos netted a hat trick and Vincent Lecavalier potted the winner with 53 second left in overtime as the Lightning rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4. Patrick Kane had three assists and Patrick Sharp two goals for the Blackhawks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both games had the feel of vintage 1980s-style hockey. 

PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: Penguins forward Steve Sullivan has yet to score a goal with the Penguins this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Age may be finally catching up with the 37-year-old Sullivan.

NEW YORK POST: Sean Avery is expected to be in the Rangers lineup tonight when they square off against the Montreal Canadiens. It’ll be Avery’s first game in the lineup since being recalled from the minors.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Should be interesting to see if his presence adds a spark to the Rangers performance.

PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Jakub Voracek is looking forward to facing his former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how the Blue Jackets season has gone so far, with their luck, Voracek will net a hat trick helping the Flyers win.

TORONTO STAR: presents an excerpt from former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque’s new book: “Georges Laraque: The Story of the NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy”.