The Dallas Stars secured two points in last night’s 4-3 overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes last night, and it’s all thanks to Jamie Benn. The captain was involved in every Stars goals, posting three assists as well as the game-winning goal.
This is just the latest of several phenomenal performances from Benn, who has been leading the Stars in their late season charge to secure a playoff spot:
“I think his game has gotten better and better as the season has gone on,” [Joe] Pavelski said. “He’s been really good. He’s taken control of that line and he’s been skating, making a lot of good plays.”
Benn’s impact hasn’t just been limited to points, however. He’s been a true leader for the team in what has been a difficult season, and just like always, his teammates are in awe:
“It’s unreal. Everyone loves that guy. He is the best captain I have ever played for,” goaltender Jake Oettinger said.... “A lot of people don’t see what type of person he is off the ice or to the guys or the type of leadership that he brings on a daily basis. For him to get rewarded is awesome and the guys are super fired up for him.”
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Here’s what Jamie Benn himself had to say about the game:
Here’s head coach Rick Bowness on Benn and the team’s much needed win:
Rick Bowness on Jamie Benn: "That’s the best I've seen him skate in the three years I've been here, and he's been doing it for a long period of time. He's really enjoying that center ice."@ATT | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/7bpJypIU7s— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 27, 2021
And here’s Oettinger, who won last night with his grandparents in attendance:
Jake Oettinger: "I think we continue to prove that we can play with any team and we have to keep doing that to put ourselves in position down the stretch to make the playoffs.”@ATT | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/hD7P9CJiSd— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 27, 2021
Speaking or rookies, Jason Robertson extended his point streak to eight games. Can he overtake Kirill Kaprizov?
Another solid night for Jason Robertson, plus injury updates from yesterday. https://t.co/4CKtr36Erd— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) April 27, 2021
Denis Gurianov unleashed his one-timer again, Jake Oettinger had familiar faces at the AAC, plus Pride Night. https://t.co/ue9CovgbvF
Yesterday was Pride Night — here are some t-shirts you can buy to commemorate the event;
Mio absolutely crushed our Pride T-shirt design.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 26, 2021
She’s an illustrator who loves portraying hockey through an aesthetic & imaginative perspective, and looks to use her art to help grow the hockey fanbase.
We couldn’t be more proud to work with you, @FlyersWitch! pic.twitter.com/xW6qAMXf82
The team also sported rainbow-colored jerseys and stick tape in warm ups, and Sami Vatanen kept the tape job for the actual game itself:
Around the League
After a Dallas victory over Carolina, this game was crucial for Nashville; the Predators rose to the occasion, and delivered two crucial points. Here’s your recap. https://t.co/vcYQ6LbHFN— Carson Cashion (@carsoncashion) April 27, 2021
After this season, NBC will no longer be an NHL partner — Turner Sports secured the second NHL media rights package, paying $225M annually:
NHL on Turner Sports: What the $1.57 billion deal means for the league, viewers and broadcasters https://t.co/I93fRyjTGH— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 27, 2021
Andrew Shaw has decided to hang up his skates:
Finally, as the regular season approaches its end, awards talk ramps up. Dom Luszczyszyn breaks down the races for each major award: