Of course you all know this by now (or at least I hope you do), so let’s just jump straight into the highlights from last night’s 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, shall we?
First up is Jason Dickinson, snapping a 38-game goal drought:
Next was Esa Lindell doing his best Connor McDavid impression:
After the Flyers tied it up in the second, Alexander Radulov scored the eventual game-winner:
The Stars then regained their two-goal lead thanks to a Tyler Pitlick power play goal:
The Stars put on an offensive clinic during the 4v4 and Pitlick scores. pic.twitter.com/OcvKPlGTTo— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) April 3, 2019
Not wanting to be left out on the fun, Blake Comeau scored No. 5 about halfway through the third:
Ten seconds later, Dickinson and Radulov put the nail in the coffin to finish the game 6-2:
Here’s what Radulov had to say after the game:
Stick taps to Jim Montgomery, who got the Stars back into the playoffs in his first year as head coach:
Monty says that he wanted the team to make the playoffs on their own merit, not by another team losing. He also shares when he thought this group was a team that was going to make the postseason. pic.twitter.com/C2n0KAxOmE— x - Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 3, 2019
Mats Zuccarello — back for the first time since he was injured in his Dallas debut — left the game early, but no need to worry:
Jim Montgomery said Mats Zuccarello and Andrew Cogliano were taken out of the game as precautions.— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) April 3, 2019
Wild Wild West
I don’t know what else to say, because last night was crazy, y’all:
- First up, the Nashville Predators earned a solid 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Pretty boring, but wait: it gets better. [On the Forecheck]
- That makes Nashville tied for first in the Central, as the Minnesota Wild handily beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 to sweep the season series. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Unfortunately for the Wild, both they and the Chicago Blackhawks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoff race when the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-2. [Mile High Hockey]
- Finally, that win puts the Avalanche’s magic number at one, since the Arizona Coyotes choked against the Los Angeles Kings and lost 3-1. [NHL]
(Side note: that Kings win also locked the Ottawa Senators into 31st place, meaning Colorado will have the best NHL draft lottery odds and a guaranteed pick in the top four. It was a good day to be an Avalanche fan.)
Man, does this look good:
Around the League
In light of the CWHL folding, the NWHL is looking at expansion into Canada, and the NHL has promised additional financial support:
Here's the full news story on NWHL developments, with comments from Rylan on sponsorships, potential for private ownership, and relocation https://t.co/JjrEO8xL5c— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) April 2, 2019
The Detroit Red Wings have extended head coach Jeff Blashill, because... well.... umm...
The Tampa Bay Lightning have long since clinched the President’s Trophy, but will they be able to win the big one?
(ICYMI) Presidents' Trophy problems: Only one Stanley Cup champion among #NHL's past 10 regular-season winners. Can the Lightning defy recent history? @SamMcCaig22 files: https://t.co/RwNfZ8dp85 pic.twitter.com/e0IIibVYuu— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) April 3, 2019
Cheers to Ben Bishop, who has been recognized by the AHL for his outstanding play:
After failing to make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the third time in four years, Connor McDavid is just a liiiitle bit annoyed:
A long season appears to have worn on Oilers captain Connor McDavid.https://t.co/p6c5CmzHMa— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 2, 2019
Elliotte Friedman touches upon this, women’s hockey, and more in his 31 Thoughts:
Playoff hockey means at least two more home games, so get your tickets now!