Sometimes a shootout win is more than just a skills contest. For the Dallas Stars, last night’s extra-minutes victory over the Detroit Red Wings was a season-long obstacle surmounted at just the right moment.
No one seems more excited about finally getting that post-regulation win than the Stars themselves. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika chronicled the rush of emotion from key players in his postgame piece:
“Honestly it’s a huge relief,” said rookie Jason Robertson, who had one of the two shootout goals. “I know that everyone in the locker room has been disappointed in the last few months about the points we have left on the table in the shootout. It’s a skills competition at the end of the day, but we are really glad and really happy that we finally got the win in the shootout.”...
Both Robertson and Denis Gurianov scored slick shootout goals, giving confidence to each of the young wingers. Anton Khudobin was spectacular on a few of the shootout saves, adding to a game that was much more difficult than his 20 saves would indicate. And Roope Hintz continued to barnstorm through an impressive points streak, picking up a goal and an assist to give him three goals and 10 assists in his past six games.
And, as Heika suggests, this is the perfect time of year for the Stars to go on a streak of steady play:
At this time of year, solid is good. It’s helping the Stars stay in the playoff race and helping them think positive thoughts, as they now have a seven-game point streak (5-0-2) and a shootout victory to boot.
“It’s definitely exciting,” said Robertson. “These are our last couple of games at home. Every point matters, so when we won the shootout, that was a huge relief. We need these points down the stretch, so we will take whatever we can get. We’ve got these guys tomorrow, so we can try to build on what we did in the third period.
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Joe Pavelski: value signing, or the best value signing? Saadi Yousuf explores the reasons why Captain America deserves all the praise for his 2021 performance.
"Players like him, they don’t have success by accident. A lot of work goes into it."— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) April 20, 2021
Joe Pavelski has been producing, leading in the locker room and doing whatever coaches ask of him. He's basically a point-per-game player at age 36.
That + game notes https://t.co/wIYw3dvPYk
The Stars just keep on keeping themselves in the Stanley Cup playoffs race. Let’s show them what they’ve won!...
“You can’t always score, but it’s good if you get some chances.” Roope Hintz speaks up for the “SHOOOOOOOOOOT” caucus.
It’s good to see Jamie Benn remaining stoic and impassive.
Jamie Benn had front row seats to Roope's snipe pic.twitter.com/sBmOopkad5— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 20, 2021
Around The Leagues
- The fight at the top of the Central standings is getting interesting: The Tampa Bay Lightning bagged a 3-2 OT win over the first-place Carolina Hurricanes. [Canes Country]
- Frank Vatrano scored first and last in the Florida Panthers’ 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets as the Cats grabbed a share of the division lead. [Litter Box Cats]
- And the Nashville Predators stayed a step and a half ahead of the Stars with a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. [On The Forecheck]
The OHL is expected to officially shutdown its season today. The league came very close to returning a couple of weeks ago, but wasn’t granted government approval. Tough on all involved, especially the players. Hope is to start fresh next season.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 20, 2021
Meanwhile, the Western Hockey League will finish regular play but pass on the postseason.
There will be no playoffs in the Western Hockey League following the 2020-21 season https://t.co/8q6jIRf50d— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) April 20, 2021
Greetings From Beautiful Boise
Idaho Steelheads goalie Tomas Sholl has kept busy during the team’s voluntary suspension of play, and local kids stand to benefit.
Looking to work on your game this summer? This is for you!— Tomas Sholl (@ShollshankRedem) April 12, 2021
Excited to work with some excellent coaches and to share our hockey knowledge! Please reach out if interested! pic.twitter.com/8bdkhE2MYv
Want to savor that shootout again? The Stars have your number. Enjoy.