We’d rather be watching some different postseason action...but the Dallas Stars are still providing some championship excitement. And it’s all down to two of their brightest young players.
Stars digital manager Kyle Shohara is keeping track of forward Jason Robertson, goalie Jake Oettinger, and defender Ryan Shea, who are representing Team USA at the 2021 IIHF Worlds. Should you be surprised that Robertson and Oettinger came up big in a 5-1 handling of the Hockey Canada juggernaut over the weekend? No, you should not.
Of course, JRob is out there showing the world why he’s a dead-serious Calder Trophy candidate:
After scoring Team USA’s lone marker in a 2-1 loss on Saturday against Finland, the 21-year-old netted the first of five goals in a lopsided 5-1 victory over Canada on Sunday. The win was a tremendous response for Team USA, whose record now stands at 1-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the preliminary round of the 2021 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Riga, Latvia.
Otter wasn’t even supposed to be there that day, and he still stopped 26 of 27 shots in relief for the injured Anthony Stolarz:
“You never know, as a goalie, when your opportunity is going to come,” Oettinger said in his postgame press conference. “I feel terrible for Stolie. I hope he’s doing okay. You never know when your opportunity is going to come. The guys did such a good job in front of me and made my life really easy. They really helped me get into the game. Once you get into it a little bit, it’s just another game. Credit to the guys in front of me and getting that goal support they gave me and the job we did on the PK. Can’t say enough good things about how they played in front of me.”
There’s more under the link. [Dallas Stars]
Yesterday was Esa Lindell’s birthday, and it presented the perfect opportunity to reshare the Winter Classic cowboy hat photo.
Around The Leagues
Stanley Cup Roundup
- The Nashville Predators evened up the series with the Carolina Hurricanes at home, grabbing a 4-3 win in overtime. [On The Forecheck]
- Not to be outdone, the New York Islanders responded in the Battle of the 2-2 Series with a 4-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Lighthouse Hockey]
- The Toronto Maple Leafs did it for Johnny (Tavares), squaring up against the Montreal Canadiens with a 5-1 win. [Pension Plan Puppets]
"Here, you take the first game and we’ll do the rest." https://t.co/ozydYv8I4s— x - Stanley Cup of Chowder (@cupofchowdah) May 24, 2021
Lightning take Game Four behind Kucherov’s four-point night https://t.co/5mFDz4x1Rk— Raw Charge, a Champa Bay Lightning web site (@RawCharge) May 22, 2021
Where’s your money in the Old Guy Without A Cup Series? Sean McIndoe posted his annual list, and it’s full of former Stars – including at least one you won’t see coming.
Meanwhile, a trio of older rookies are making some noise in the playoffs.
These three NHL rookies took some time to arrive on the scene but ripening on the vine has paid dividends; each has been effective in his maiden trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs so far.@Nick_Emanuelli has more:https://t.co/ROG0R6HcLt— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) May 23, 2021
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Fantastic Max is back, and Stephen Meserve has the interview.
The Stars, still bringing the Spongebob energy. You love to see it. Enjoy.