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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Janmark, Klingberg Go For The Gold

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Tre Kronor defeated the USA at the IIHF Worlds yesterday. Plus, the USA seals the bronze, the Lightning take their first Eastern Conference Finals lead, and more.

The Dallas Stars’ postseason is going better than we have any right to expect, thanks in part to Mattias Janmark and John Klingberg. As star performers for Team Sweden, they’ll play for the gold medal in the 2018 IIHF World Championships at 1:15 p.m. CDT on the NHL Network.

Mark Stepneski has been keeping track of the role these two have played in the methodical house-wrecking Tre Kronor have inflicted on every team in their path. Here are the numbers from Sweden’s 6-0 win over the USA in yesterday’s semifinal game. [Stars Inside Edge]

Janmark had two shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 14:34 of ice time while playing on Sweden’s top line with Mika Zibanejad and Rickard Rakell. Janmark has 10 points (four goals, six assists) and a plus-10 rating in nine games.

Klingberg had no shots and a plus-2 rating Saturday while leading the Swedes with 25:27 of ice time. Klingberg has six points (one goal, five assists) and a plus-6 rating through nine games. He is averaging 22:47 of ice time.

I’m not sure how Janmark and Klingberg ended up being featured so lightly in this video, but it’s a nice time-lapse of Sweden’s tournament so far.

Switzerland is hoping to get their own back after a 2013 gold-medal loss that still stings. Martin Merk has more.


More Stars

Players aren’t the only Stars personnel who have covered themselves in glory at the 2018 Worlds. Head athletic trainer Dave Zeis has put in yeoman’s work for Team USA.

Head coach Jim Montgomery is wasting no time in taking stock of the talent in Cedar Park. He watched the Texas Stars in the 4-2 win that opened their bid for the AHL Western Conference title on Friday.

There’s more about Montgomery’s ground work in this Q&A with Sean Shapiro.

Around the League(s)

Speaking of the World Championships, the USA bested Canada 4-1 in the consolation round this morning.

The Tampa Bay Lightning took their first series lead on their first win at home in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Washington Capitals fought back from a 3-0 deficit, but fell 3-2.

This save by Andre Vasilevskiy may have been the play of the game...

...although the Bolts won on a deflected Ryan Callahan goal that had to be reviewed for a possible hand pass.

Stanley Cup playoffs action continues today in Manitoba. The Winnipeg Jets face the fight of their lives to stave off elimination by the Vegas Golden Knights. The game begins at 2 p.m. CDT on NBCSN.

Given the Golden Knights’ history-making run, Sam McCaig did an inventory of how long it took each franchise to lift the chalice.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The T-Stars want to make it a 2-0 series over the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks) at home today. The action begins at 5 p.m. in H-E-B Center.

Check out the highlights from their Friday night win:

Finally

Vernon Fiddler is a good dude, but you knew that. Now that he’s the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year, more people will know it.

A big assist on that $160,464 came from a longtime Stars fan who donated a signed Mike Modano sweater for Fidds’ auction. Way to be, Eman Alvani.