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]
Are you ready for round 2? The Stars take on the Nashville Predators at 5 p.m. Central time in Bridgestone Arena.
IT'S GAME DAY! The Stars will look to take a 2-0 series lead over the Predators in the first round of the #StanleyCup Playoffs this afternoon at 5:00 PM on @FOXSportsSW! #GoStars pic.twitter.com/NUOiZzB7ny— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 13, 2019
Tyler Seguin says hi from practice.
Around The League(s): Playoffs Edition
- Matt Duchene and the Columbus Blue Jackets shocked the world with a 5-1 win in Game 2, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have to be wondering if there really is a President’s Trophy curse. [The Cannon]
- The Pittsburgh Penguins took an early lead, but the New York Islanders took Game 2, with Jordan Eberle netting the GWG in the 3-1 victory. [Lighthouse Hockey]
- The Vegas Golden Knights got five goals from five different players to draw even with the San Jose Sharks in a 5-3 win. [Knights On Ice]
- And in Central-on-Central violence, the St. Louis Blues grabbed another win away from the Winnipeg Jets, 4-3. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
Former Star Cody Eakin kicked off the Golden Knights’ goals jackpot last night.
GOAL. Just the start the Golden Knights needed. Cody Eakin scores 58 seconds in. pic.twitter.com/57OMdiUqed— x-Knights On Ice (@knightsonice) April 13, 2019
Also, Jaromir Jagr can still do this in the playoffs.
Vintage Jaromir Jagr today...... pic.twitter.com/agNWVZdRuw— Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) April 12, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri gets his powers from drinking the tears of haters.
"I'm not the same person on the ice as I am off the ice, it's like two different people, almost like an alter-ego" -@43_kadri does what it takes to get the job done. @MapleLeafs— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) April 10, 2019
Watch: Inside An Athlete's Head: https://t.co/GDQgfWs6VU
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.
UMass' Bobby Trivigno will be suspended for the biggest game of his life, and the NCAA's handling of his headshot on an opponent could teach the NHL a thing or two, writes @THNKenCampbellhttps://t.co/dTnH6t3mZD— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) April 13, 2019
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]
HEROICS!!! DIEGO CUGLIETTA SCORES FIRST PRO GOAL AND IT WAS A GAME WINNER pic.twitter.com/UiccWsD73g— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) April 13, 2019
The Playoff Presser from tonight's loss to Utah.— x-Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) April 13, 2019
Hear from Forward & Captain A.J. White, as well as Head Coach Neil Graham as they reflect on the night and look toward Game 2 tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/edBTPjlXes
The Stars’ Finnish Mafia get their Chel on while the golf nerds chill. Enjoy.