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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Legend-In-The-Making Of Miro Heiskanen

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At 19-going-on-30, the rookie sensation already looms larger than life, writes Mike Heika. Plus, Friday’s playoffs action, the Texas Stars keep hope alive, and more.

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Miro Heiskanen may have lost one of his Game 1 goals, but his legend is growing increasingly bulletproof.

The Finnish defender’s own teammates speak of him in the awed tones reserved for one of the greats, writes Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika:

“My 19-year-old year when it was April, I was drinking beers in my frat basement,” said defenseman Ben Lovejoy. “What he is doing is just incredible … it’s so special. He is so good, it is just such a pleasure to watch him play and to be on his team.”

Heiskanen’s playoffs sangfroid has impressed even the most experienced Stanley Cup playoffs hands:

“I guess I would say I’m not surprised anymore, but it’s truly impressive,” said goalie Ben Bishop. “He plays like he’s been in the league for 10 years. He just goes about his business quietly and efficiently.

”Like I’ve said before, this guy’s going to be a star in this league for a long time.”

There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]


Stars Stuff

Are you ready for round 2? The Stars take on the Nashville Predators at 5 p.m. Central time in Bridgestone Arena.

Tyler Seguin says hi from practice.

Around The League(s): Playoffs Edition

Former Star Cody Eakin kicked off the Golden Knights’ goals jackpot last night.

Also, Jaromir Jagr can still do this in the playoffs.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri gets his powers from drinking the tears of haters.

In Frozen Four action, the suspension of UMass’ Bobby Trivigno for a head shot on Denver’s Jake Durflinger – an infraction that went unpunished in real time – should be a lesson in zero tolerance for the NHL, writes Ken Campbell.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park (And Beautiful Boise)

It’s a time for heroes: 2019 Hobey Baker Award nominee Diego Cuglietta kept the Texas Stars’ playoff hopes alive with his first professional goal. [Austin American-Statesman]

Elsewhere, the Idaho Steelheads stumbled out of the Kelly Cup playoffs gate with a 7-1 loss in Game 1 to the Utah Grizzlies (Colorado Avalanche).

Finally

The Stars’ Finnish Mafia get their Chel on while the golf nerds chill. Enjoy.