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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Perfect PK Propels The Stars To 3-2 Second-Round Lead

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The power went out in St. Louis last night, as Sean Shapiro writes. Plus, Hurricane Jerk strikes again, it’s USA-Canada in the World Para Ice Hockey finals, and more.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Early in his recap of the Dallas Stars’ Game 5 victory, Sean Shapiro explains why St. Louis Blues fans hold both arms straight up over their heads just before a power play:

Apparently, this is supposed to mimic a two-pronged electrical plug being inserted into a power outlet. The team, in theory, is plugging in and charging up on the “power” play.

But the Stars pulled the plug on the Blues’ man advantage all night. The Victory Green gang held St. Louis to a measly five shots on eight minutes of PP time, and they generated two high-danger shots while short-handed in the bargain.

Esa Lindell scored the game-winner after bouncing a puck off of defender Jay Bouwmeester, which poured extra halite on some already salty Blues fans:

“I was lucky that he (Alexander Radulov) dropped it to me. He likes to hang onto those pucks, and I guess I talked a lot to him and he heard me (calling for the puck),” Lindell said. “Klinger was yelling at me that there was a back-checker coming, so that’s why I moved more into the middle to the backhand and then I just shot it. I think it changed direction, and I was lucky that it went in. It’s always nice to score.”

It was another rough break for Bouwmeester, who has had three goals deflect in off him this series, and only added to Blues’ fans distaste for Lindell, who was greeted by one fan-made sign that read, “St. Louis welcomes the Dallas diving team and captain Esa Lindell.”

AHL stalwart Dillon Heatherington talked about his NHL playoffs debut last night:

“We had a (Black Ace) skate two days ago and I got pulled off the ice and got told I was going on the trip, and I knew something was maybe in the works,” Heatherington said. “I didn’t know it was possibly going to happen to this morning and then when I found out I was all smiles.”

There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]


Stars Stuff: Second Round Edition

Esa Lindell in a cowboy hat is worth the trip all by itself.

Easy E got the honor for his GWG, which you can watch over and over again here.

WhO kNeW tHaT JaSoN SpEzZa cOuLd sTiLL dO tHiS dUrInG tHe PlAyOfFs?

And Ben Bishop keeps doing this, too.

Around The League(s): Postseason Edition

The Jerk Store called, and they’re out of brooms, too. The Carolina Hurricanes are first into the conference finals with a 5-2 Game 4 victory over the New York Islanders.

I’ll just leave this here.

Jennings Trophy co-winner Robin Lehner ended the series on a magnanimous note.

Canada will meet the USA today at 9:30 a.m. CDT in the 2019 Para Ice Hockey Championship. You can watch it live here. [YouTube]

Will the NHL pull an NBA and step in to promote a new women’s league? Hard to say, but this interview with Amanda Kessel may explain why NWHL players are hoping for better.

Will the NWHL’s latest negotiations change any minds?

In other news, Stanley Kay explores a longterm future for ice hockey that appears to be getting more short-term all the time.

Former Star Patrick Eaves is still out there doing good. And that epic beard is still in place.

Greetings From Beautiful Boise

We got ourselves a series here! The Idaho Steelheads once again came through with their backs against the wall, netting three in the third for a 3-1 victory at home over the Tulsa Oilers (St. Louis Blues).

Check out the postgame presser, on a night the Steelheads made the Mountain Division final a 3-2 series.

Finally

Heed well the Saga of Dave from Fort Worth! The Stars superfan who sat in Victory Plaza, in a thunderstorm, just to watch Our Team on the big screen witnessed the Game 5 victory live in Enterprise Center and will attend in style tomorrow night. Bring the dagger, Dave.