Anton Khudobin has been fantastic in his first year in net for the Dallas Stars. But Khudobin brings more than just top-notch goaltending to the table — his humorous antics lighten up the locker room on pretty much a daily basis:
“I try to have fun,” Khudobin said that day. “How I approach it, if you’re going to have fun, if you’re going to enjoy it then you will enjoy everything; all of the process, all of the steps are going to be fun for everybody so that’s how I approach that.”
However, while Khudobin might be considered the Stars’ “class clown,” that doesn’t mean he’s the only one known for his sense of humor. Esa Lindell is more quiet and reserved, but he’s still quite the comedian:
“Esa’s a little quieter, a little more dry humor,” [Jason] Dickinson said. “A lot more one-liners, quick little things. He loves chirping, that’s about the only thing I hear coming out of his mouth… Esa’s actually really funny.”
You can read more about the funny-men in the Stars’ locker room from Sean Shapiro: [The Athletic]
More Stars News
Good news everyone — Jason Dickinson is fine:
Jason Dickinson on Brian Boyle’s hit last night: pic.twitter.com/hCKIjfnb03— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) April 11, 2019
Looks like it’s lesson learned for the young forward:
Miro Heiskanen is no longer a teenage defenseman with a multi-goal playoff game. Guess he’ll have to fix that tomorrow:
Miro Heiskanen's second goal last night is now being credited to Alexander Radulov. Heiskanen and Klingberg are credited with the assists. https://t.co/TpV5KvuhJt— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 11, 2019
Speaking of which, I hope we see more of this Jamie Benn tomorrow as well:
‘That's why he's our captain': Breaking down Jamie Benn's play that led to Stars' game-winner vs. Predators https://t.co/MU7DyZkFZO— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) April 11, 2019
Now isn't that interesting?
Pretty majorly disappointing Game 1 for the Predators. They have never won a playoff series after dropping Game 1.— Robby Stanley (@RStanleyNHL) April 11, 2019
Congratulations are in order for Stars prospects Tye Felhaber and Riley Tufte!
The lethal shot from @DallasStars’ prospect Tye Felhaber wins it for @Ottawa67sHockey in triple OT to advances to the Eastern Conference Finals. This was the 5th longest game in #OHLPlayoffs history. pic.twitter.com/X9oIMXokOY— Kathryn Jean (@msconduct) April 12, 2019
Stars prospect Riley Tufte and MInnesota Duluth are headed to the NCAA championship game for a third straight year after a 4-1 win over Providence.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) April 12, 2019
Around the League
Ladies and gentlemen, each Round One series has officially begun:
- No Stanley Cup hangover so far from the reigning champs, as the Washington Capitals started the playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
- Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs handedly beat the Boston Bruins 4-1, making them the fourth team to win Game 1 on the road. [Pension Plan Puppets]
- Finally, the Calgary Flames showed us all how a Conference Champion properly kicks off a series, blanking the Colorado Avalanche 4-0. [NHL]
The NHL Draft Lottery is in the books, which means it’s time to go back and see which games could have changed everything:
From earlier: How this "conclusive" offside review ended up changing the owners of both the first and second overall pick in this year's draft, plus seven more games that altered the lottery results. https://t.co/67AkGaBR4t pic.twitter.com/rYabsd9L77— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) April 11, 2019
The Vegas Golden Knights might be getting reinforcements soon in the form of KHL star Nikita Gusev:
Nikita Gusev could suit up for the Vegas Golden Knights in the near future. What does that mean to a team looking for another long playoff run?https://t.co/tAGMysgAlm— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) April 11, 2019
This sounds like some random trivia that you head from your know-it-all friend who has no idea what they’re talking about, but it’s real:
In case you forgot, Joel Quenneville is the newest head coach for the Florida Panthers. At least he’s now over in the East...
Our interview with Joel Quenneville, Florida Panthers coach, which is still weird to say https://t.co/TcnY6ovvAi— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 11, 2019
Here’s something to help you start your day off happy: