Both the Stars and Canucks are nearing mathematical elimination from the playoffs, but both are also playing a ton of kids and hoping to see what the future holds. Remi Elie, 21, tallied an assist and now has three points in six NHL games. Esa Lindell, 22, stepped up in the absence of Klingberg and played 23:45. He tallied his sixth goal in 61 games and finished plus-3.
Tyler Seguin netted the game-winner on a power play in the third frame, and shortly after that, Devin Shore and Radek Faksa teamed up to help put the game away.
But it wasn’t all good news in Vancouver. Jamie Benn left the game with an upper body injury, which Lindy Ruff says will be reevaluated today. John Klingberg also left the game briefly after blocking a shot, but later returned and, after the game, said his leg felt fine.
Here’s Jason Spezza’s take on the game.
There’s more on the win at the link. [SportsDayDFW]
Mike Heika breaks down what’s gone wrong for the Stars this season, and Lindy Ruff praises Adam Cracknell and Curtis McKenzie’s work ethic. [SportsDayDFW]
The Stars need to make a move this summer to sort out their defense. [WFAA]
See how your bracket stacks up.
Pierre LeBrun debates whether or not it’s time to shake things up when it comes to the current playoff format. [TSN]
Which players should you keep an eye on as the season winds down? [Sportsnet]
Alex Burrows says goodbye to Vancouver. [The Players’ Tribune]
“It becomes—and it’s sad—but it becomes, ‘Is it worth it to keep playing?’” [The Hockey News]
And finally, Dave Strader will drop the puck in Glen Falls this Sunday.