Mike Heika leads his latest Dallas Stars story with an anecdote about Roope Hintz and his faceoff percentage. After going one-for-14 in Game 2 against the Nashville Predators, he came back to Big D and sought help from assistant coach Stu Barnes.
In Games 3 and 4, Hintz has gone 15-for-29. It’s a mini-metric that encapsulates the Finnish forward’s season, Heika writes:
“I think I was unlucky in some ways, and not as good in some ways,” Hintz said when asked about the tough night in the circle. “But then you come back and work hard and you fix it. That’s just what you do.”
And Hintz’s head coach couldn’t be happier about how his newest star has come into his own during the Stanley Cup playoffs:
“He’s generating chances, and in Game 1, I thought he was the one that dictated our drive play to their net,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “Game 2, he wasn’t as dominant, but last game he was very effective and tonight the puck goes in. It’s good for your confidence, but we know what he brings to our team.
“He’s a legitimate top six (forward) and he’s made our team have two lines.”
There’s always more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Stars Stuff: Stanley Cup Edition
If you weren’t already head over heels in fandom for Mats Zuccarello...he may actually have a couple of higher gears.
Ben Bishop deserves to be happy. Doesn’t he look happy?
A four-goal cushion 13 minutes into the game was nice for Ben Bishop, but he came back with a sharp performance for Game 4 tonight. pic.twitter.com/edgmfNmMZQ— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 18, 2019
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott were on hand to celebrate after last night’s dominant win.
The Stars’ neighbors to the west approve.
Around The League(s): Playoffs Edition
Can’t Stop The #Murder
- The Colorado Avalanche just - keep - going. They hold a 3-1 series lead after defeating the Calgary Flames 3-2 in OT last night. [Mile High Hockey]
Sportswriters will argue for decades over what went wrong with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Greg Wyshynski takes a good, long first look.
Meanwhile, in Stanley Cup Playoffs-Winter Classic combo-platter news, Wysh just went there.
“____ the Blackhawks weren’t selected for an outdoor game____” https://t.co/P7txmavCyN— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 17, 2019
Brad Marchand has been pretty quiet lately. Emily Kaplan checks out the new look for the notorious agitator.
"For sure he's misunderstood," Scheifele says. "If you just watch him on TV, you don't get the full respect, because you see some antic that he does. But if you watch a full game of Brad Marchand, you see some pretty special plays." https://t.co/CeoFTRzoMI— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) April 17, 2019
Greetings From Beautiful Boise
RECAP: The Steelheads battled through late adversity, and a Kyle Schempp deflection leads to their second-straight 3-2 overtime win over the Utah Grizzlies, taking a 2-1 series lead.— x-Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) April 18, 2019
DETAILS: https://t.co/pSmhOKK4JS | #PushingOn pic.twitter.com/C7bYdP36eL
Want to see Colton Saucerman’s GWG helper...?
Hi, we'd like to order One OT with an extra side of SAUCE please?— ECHL (@ECHL) April 18, 2019
Colton Saucerman is the OT hero to give @Steelheads a 3-2 victory over @UtahGrizzlies and a 2-1 series lead! pic.twitter.com/UhYJVXpx4N
You can throw analytics and corsi out the window at playoff time. It’s heart and balls that matter at this time of year. The teams that have this usually win. When talent doesn’t work hard or battle you have zero chance of winning.— Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury14) April 17, 2019