As the Dallas Stars anticipate Round 2 Game 2, they have a weapon they can count on. His name is Jamie Benn, and all signs indicate that he’s the fulcrum on which turns the series with the St. Louis Blues.
The Captain has a history of Beast Mode play against the Blues, as Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika reminds us. Jason Spezza knows what it is, and it’s “not rocket science”:
“There are some teams that you get good feelings against, confidence,” Spezza added. “His games when he is engaged physically are always his best. It’s not a secret. For a guy to have his skill, he’s one of the true power forwards left in the game.
”When he plays that way, he’s hard to stop.”
Benn’s physical, emotional game can take a toll on him as well as on his opponents, which is why head coach Jim Montgomery says it’s custom-built for the Stanley Cup playoffs:
“We’re playing every second day, and he has more time to rest, he has more time to play his true power forward-type game,” Montgomery said. “His second and third effort, he has better energy. Because of that, it looks like he has more passion. The passion’s always there, it’s whether he has the energy to do it.”
There’s more at Mike’s place – including the article linked from the tweet, about how big plays will make a big difference in this series. [Dallas Stars]
One or two plays can change a game -- or a series. Whether it's Tarasenko getting around Polak and then Heiskanen, or the Stars getting great chances on Binnington, key plays will be huge moving forward. https://t.co/6wq5KTOghf— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 26, 2019
Stars Stuff: Second Round Edition
Don’t forget the early start time: 2 p.m. CDT on NBC.
Want to relive that first round? Open Ice has you covered.
For its first Winter Classic Legacy Project, the Dallas Stars Foundation has made a big pledge to a school with a history of great work in the South Dallas community.
Around The League(s): Postseason Edition
A goaltending duel that extended beyond regulation. Disallowed goals. Another clutch Jordan Staal marker. Game 1 had just about everything, ending in a 1-0 Canes shutout that gives them home ice advantage: https://t.co/TBCGxEQEJ7— x - Canes Country (@CanesCountry) April 27, 2019
Tim Wharnsby posts predictions for a second round in which not a single regular-season champion advanced.
Predictions for the 2nd-round matchups in the East and West https://t.co/7JmK5i2xS3— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) April 27, 2019
And now that all the presumptive Conn Smythe Trophy contenders have been eliminated as well, Jared Clinton picks new ones, from Nathan MacKinnon to – wait for it! – Ben Bishop.
Did someone say #BishPlease? Wysh is on the case for ESPN.
Jordan Staal just missed the first Conn Smythe Watch. Me thinks his case is being made. https://t.co/SugDaN2J5C— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 27, 2019
Greetings From Beautiful Boise
RECAP: Henrik Samuelsson scored the opening goal, but the Steelheads fell 3-1 to the Oilers in Game 1 of the Mountain Division Final.— x-Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) April 27, 2019
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We might agree to disagree about the team he plays for, but is there any doubt that Joe Thornton is some kind of world heritage treasure that must be preserved? Enjoy.