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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Magic of John Klingberg

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Don’t let Miro Heiskanen’s performance this postseason overshadow an amazing run by John Klingberg. Plus, how the Stars have managed to overcome injuries, the invaluable experience of AHL playoff runs, and more.

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So far this postseason, the Dallas Stars’ best defenseman has been without a doubt Miro Heiskanen. But in the young sophomore’s shadow lies another defenseman who has been putting up an equally impressive run: fellow No. 1 defenseman John Klingberg.

Klingberg is strong in transition, moving the puck with long stretch passes. He is aggressive in pinching down in the offensive zone to keep possessions alive. Those traits have their drawbacks, particularly turnovers, but are a big net positive for the Stars.

Klingberg’s fingerprints have been all over the Stars’ success since the beginning of the playoffs. Many of the Stars’ game-winning or game-tying goals have originated from his stick, whether it was a deflection or off of the rebound:

“I think he’s one of the best guys in the league at just walking the blue line, finding that space and being able to attack it,” defenseman Jamie Oleksiak said. “I think he’s really shifty, and I think it’s been a huge strength in his game. You saw last night that created that big scoring opportunity for Perry. He’s always been really good at it, and obviously, it’s shining this playoffs.”

You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.


Dallas Stars

With injuries decimating the Stars’ roster, key performances from their extra forwards has been critical this postseason:

It’s not just success in the NHL that’s important — both the Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning have had success with their AHL squads, and that player experience is paying off:

While not every Stars fan has warmed up to Corey Perry, one things is for certain — he’s made a positive impact this postseason:

Friendly reminder that Game 6 is tonight, and no one will judge you if you feel sick to your stomach:


Around the League

This shouldn’t be surprising, but Steven Stamkos has officially been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs:

Speaking of Stamkos, remember when he almost left the Lightning in free agency? Down Goes Brown examines various key moments in the formation of the current Tampa Bay squad:

I, for one, am all for having Germany slowly becoming a hockey powerhouse:

Finally, I feel as if the Stars broke the Calgary Flames and sorry not sorry: