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And the Stars return to nearly full strength

Brenden Morrow, Alex Goligoski, Jonathan Bernier, Rob Scuderi

Dallas Stars’ Brenden Morrow, right, celebrates his game winning overtime goal with teammate Alex Goligoski, left, as Los Angeles Kings’ Rob Scuderi, left, and goaltender Jonathan Bernier, react in overtime of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Monday, March 7, 2011. The Stars won 4-3. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)


The Stars’ hot start was just that -- a start -- but now that they’re getting Brenden Morrow and Alex Goligoski back, they’ll hope to heat things up again.

The Stars activated both Morrow and Goligoski from injured reserve and coach Glen Gulutzan is eager to get both of them along with defenseman Trevor Daley back in the lineup perhaps as soon as tonight against the Sharks. Without Morrow and Goligoski, the offense has slowed down and while the defense is giving up more goals, that’s got more to do with Kari Lehtonen’s absence than Goligoski and Daley.

Morrow’s leadership and physical play will be welcomed back while Goligoski’s power play quarterbacking is what Dallas has missed out on of late. The guy who might benefit most from Goligoski’s return is Sheldon Souray. Without Goligoski, Souray’s had to handle running power plays himself. With Goligoski back, Souray will be freed up to unleash bombs from the point.