Jason Dickinson has never played in the NHL Playoffs before this year, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the Dallas Stars forward. Playing in the top six alongside Roope Hintz and Mats Zuccarello, Dickinson is doing it all, from playing stout defense, to scoring goals, to getting the Nashville Predators irritated:
He just wants to do his part in a greater team effort. If that means getting under the skin of the Predators and drawing a few penalties, well, that can be fun, too.
”There’s a mindset that has to be bought into by everybody,” Dickinson said. “Everybody is going to work hard, everybody is going to do the little things, and that’s going to roll over from shift to shift.”
He may not get as much attention as some of the team’s star players, but Dickinson has been a key reason why the Stars are one win away from upsetting the Predators. And his stellar play has certainly not gone unnoticed by his teammates:
“I think he’s underrated on this team,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “He’s a very reliable player for us, and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him. He plays the right way all of the time, and is a smart hockey player.
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Speaking of how Dickinson annoys the Predators...
Jason Dickinson on how he got under Ekholm’s skin: “I just have a face.”— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 20, 2019
Of course, as great as players like Dickinson have been this series, the Stars would be nowhere without their top players:
It’s game day, and the Stars could win a playoff series on home ice for the first time in ages:
Around the League
What a way to spend your Sunday! https://t.co/fE6HKibOdu— Stanley Cup of Chowder (@cupofchowdah) April 22, 2019
Sharks 2, Golden Knights 1 (2OT): Tomas Hertl delivers promised Game 7 https://t.co/XgPZjhAFIe— Fear the Fin (@fearthefin) April 22, 2019
The game-winner? A shorthanded goal by Tomas Hertl:
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T.J. Oshie’s season is all but officially over after undergoing surgery for a broken collarbone:
Oshie had surgery to repair a broken collarbone. https://t.co/74VAvO9UXQ— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 21, 2019
Here’s some names to keep an eye on as the coaching search continues for several NHL teams:
Finally, the NHL has announced the Norris Trophy finalists, which includes Mark Giordano and two other players who won’t win it: