Michigan State has had enough success under Mark Dantonio that the Spartans have probably earned the benefit of the doubt -- one terrible season doesnt necessarily mean the program is in decline.But the pressure is on to show 2016 was an aberration.Michigan State staggered to a 3-9 finish this season, winning only one game in conference play. A year ago, the Spartans made it to the national semifinals after winning their second Big Ten title in three seasons, but they followed that up with one of the biggest collapses of any team in the country. Michigan State is missing out on a bowl for the first time in Dantonios 10 seasons at the helm.What I think that we need to do is take this opportunity. What Ive always tried to do was that whatever situation was thrown at us, Ive tried to see the positive in that situation and try to deal with that situation, Dantonio said after his teams 45-12 loss at Penn State to end the season. In this case, the positive is that we start early. We start discovering who we are, what we need to fix, who were recruiting, whos coming in, and what we have to do. That all starts at an earlier time now.Almost nothing went right for the Spartans this season. With Connor Cook in the NFL, Michigan State turned to fifth-year senior Tyler OConnor at quarterback, but the passing game never approached the level needed for the Spartans to beat quality opponents. Damion Terry and Brian Lewerke also played. Lewerke, a redshirt freshman, had what seemed like an opportunity to establish himself as the quarterback of the future, but he broke his leg in late October.Defensively, Michigan State no longer resembled the aggressive, disruptive unit that could shut down other Big Ten teams when Pat Narduzzi was the coordinator. The Spartans managed only 11 sacks all season and werent great against the run, despite the presence of star defensive lineman Malik McDowell.Throughout the season, weve had our struggles, but a lot of times, theyre saying, `Michigan States so young. Theyre so young. Theyre so young, junior linebacker Chris Frey said Saturday. Starting tomorrow, nobodys young anymore. Guys have had a full season and a spring under their belt. Theyre going into their second spring. Guys got to make that extra leap forward in their game. They got to learn to study film harder. They got to hit the weight room harder.There were a couple bright spots for Michigan State. LJ Scott rushed for 994 yards as a sophomore, including 160 in a near-upset of Ohio State late in the season. Freshman receiver Donnie Corley made contributions both on offense and in the secondary and showed plenty of promise for the future.After by far the worst season in Dantonios tenure, there are naturally some questions about what the coaching staff can do differently, but he gave no indication that anyone will be fired.Well look at what we do as a staff, but Im not even considering letting any of our staff go, he said.For the Spartans, 2015 was a glorious year, not just because they made it to college footballs four-team playoff, but because of the teams they had to outlast to get there -- Jim Harbaugh and Michigan and Urban Meyer and Ohio State. This season, those two rivals left Michigan State behind, and its up to the Spartans to bounce back quickly in whats clearly become a brutally difficult division.This season was quite a wake-up call.I think guys are going to realize, This is not who we are, and we dont want this anymore, Frey said. 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The banged-up Chicago Blackhawks are playing smart and tight in front of him.On Sunday night, it all worked perfectly.Marian Hossa, Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin scored to lead the Central Division-leading Blackhawks over the Dallas Stars 3-1.Darling made 23 saves in his fifth straight start while No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford recovers from an appendectomy. Darling has permitted just seven goals during the stretch, but the Blackhawks have scored only nine while going 2-2-1.You get into a rhythm, Darling said. You feel more comfortable. And the guys have been playing great defense the last four games.Coach Joel Quenneville appreciated what he saw from the net on out.Overall, our whole team game, I really liked tonight, Quenneville said. We managed the puck a little bit better and scored some timely goals as well.Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews missed his ninth game and defenseman Brent Seabrook his second with upper-body injuries. That means the Blackhawks dont have as much firepower to throw around -- even if the 37-year-old Hossa scored his team-leading 15th goal and has three in three games.It was definitely a good test of what we can do without key players, Hossa said. Its hard to replace guys like that.Devin Shore scored for Dallas, which lost its second straight and third in four. The Stars struggled to generate much offensive pressure against the Blackhawks on the heels of a 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Saturday.I think our guys feel a lot of pressure right now with our scoring being down, coach Lindy Ruff said. Last year we could wash some of our mistakes under the carpet. This year, the big mistakes are really standing out.Dallas Kari Lehtonen blocked 24 shots while making his fifth straight start. The scuffling Stars are in sixth place in the Central and 11th in the Western Conference.We put ourselves in a tough spot, but theres no reason we cant turn this around, forward Jamie Benn said. The way were losing is unacceptable.Both Toews and Seabrook took part in the teams morning skate on Sunday, with Toews getting back on the ice for the first time in a week. The center, reportedly dealing with a back injury, said he never has experienced his current condition before.You almost have to sit around and wait for it to heal and get better, Toews said. Sometimes you feel good andd all of a sudden you do some little movements here or there that seem to just fire everything up.ddddddddddddDallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak sat out the first game of a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Flyers forward Chris VandeVelde in the third period of the Stars 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Saturday.Defenseman Johnny Oduya returned to the Stars lineup after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury and took Oleksiaks place.The teams played a scoreless first with only a handful of chances. Darling made a quick right pad save on Curtis McKenzies point-blank deflection with 6:30 left in the period.Shore opened the scoring at 1:25 of the second, batting in a loose puck to cap an odd-man break and flurry around Chicagos net. After McKenzie deflected Shores feed wide, John Klingberg shoveled the puck in front to Shore, who connected from the doorstep.Hossa tied it at 1 just 52 seconds later on a drive from left wing that trickled under Lehtonens blocker.Anisimov knocked in a rebound of Ryan Hartmans point-blank attempt with 7:30 left in the second for his 12th goal to put Chicago ahead 2-1. After leaving the penalty box and taking a long feed from Trevor van Riemsdyk, Hartman beat defenseman Stephen Johns and cut in alone. Lehtonen stopped Hartmans low shot, but Anisimov swept in and scored before Johns could recover.Panarins power-play goal midway through the third made it 3-1. Positioned low in the left circle, Panarin ripped in his 11th goal from a sharp angle -- and just inside the left post -- after taking a perfect feed from Duncan Keith.Game notes Dallas and former Blackhawks F Patrick Sharp sat out his fifth game with concussion-like symptoms. Ruff said the 34-year-old Sharp is going full bore skating and working out on his own, but theres no timetable for his return. ... Stars D Dan Hamhuis played his 900th game. ... Dallas healthy scratches were D Patrik Nemeth and F Lauri Korpikoski. Chicagos was D Michal Kempny.UP NEXT:Stars: Host Anaheim on Tuesday to start a five-game homestand. Dallas plays eight of its next nine at home.Blackhawks: Head to New York to play the Rangers on Tuesday and Islanders on Thursday. Chicagos three-game road trip concludes at St. Louis on Saturday. 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