The Dallas Stars came into this game limping, missing a number of roster regulars, but received big performances from rookie Jason Dickinson and a number of depth players to secure a convincing 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche nevertheless.
Shall we take a nice Tweety stroll down memory lane?
1. The Nostradamus Effect
Prediction: Dickinson gets a goal tonight. These things tend to happen with the Stars.— Pat Iversen (@Pat_Iversen) April 8, 2016
Well, as noted Writer Of Sports And Professional Twitterer Pat Iversen alluded to, these things do tend to happen with the Stars. Dickinson joins teammates Brett Ritchie and Mattias Janmark as Dallas players that potted goals in their NHL debuts. And, like the other two, he did it on his very first shot. Not bad.
2. Saddle Up, Kid, And Enjoy The Ride
Dickinson had quite a memorable debut, scoring the game's opening goal and finishing with two shots, a +1 rating and 11:55 of ice time in the game. It must have been a surreal day all-around, as Dickinson was only recalled that morning, had to sit at the airport longer than expected because his flight was delayed, and then got to play in a pretty important game for his first one ever.
He even received the team's illustrious post-game cowboy hat for his efforts, a great gesture. Was he the team's best player? Probably not, which is totally fine given that he was still an AHL prospect up until today. But the Stars, from top to bottom, played a fantastic team game, with everybody chipping in and nobody really having to carry the load solo.
Which brings us to...
3. I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends
*zooms*— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 8, 2016
hello darkness, my old friend pic.twitter.com/6QaoqbB3hg
With no Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Jason Demers, Mattias Janmark, Dikembe Mutombo, Benjamin Franklin, ALF, and the other 637 players that the Dallas Stars did not have in the lineup tonight, the team's depth players stepped up in big ways.
Jordie Benn and Colton Sceviour each scored powerplay goals, with the Bearded Benn Brother's being his second game-winner in the past three contests, while the third line of Antoine Roussel, Radek Faksa and Ales Hemsky continued to be one of the team's best, putting forth another great night in terms of puck possession.
4. The Scorpion And The Frog
A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so. The fable is used to illustrate that fundamentally vicious natures cannot change.
The Chicago Blackhawks played the St. Louis Blues last night, with the Blues taking a 2-1 decision in overtime. A Blues loss in regulation (which was just 1:16 away from happening), coupled with the Stars win, would have clinched both the Central Division and the Western Conference for the Stars. Throughout the night a lot of Stars fans posted Tweets rooting for the Hawks, like some sort of weird, Lovecraftian nightmare. But, in the end, the scorpion could not change it's nature.
I'm not saying that the Hawks purposefully blew the game just to smite the Stars, but...well...yeah, I kind of am.
5. Keep The Ball Rolling
And from a Dallas perspective, I like having things to play for with one game left if only to keep them focused as well.— Erin (@ErinB_DBD) April 8, 2016
Erin Tweeted this out after the game ended, and it's a pretty salient point.
Sure, the Stars might rest up a few of the banged-up bodies again and the keep physicality a bit dialed down to prevent more injuries, but having something to play for in their last game before the playoffs isn't a bad thing. The team is on a very nice roll right now, and having a throwaway game as their regular season finale might have caused a hiccup in that momentum.
6. Forward Unto Dawn
The Stars deserved to win the division after the performance tonight.— Brandon Worley (@brandonworley) April 8, 2016
That's cool. Just do your thing on Saturday.
That's all that remains in the regular season before the real season begins.
See y'all Saturday.