The Dallas Stars lost their first game of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, as many, many Hockey Men predicted. But did they show any of the form that helped them shock NHL fans everywhere during the 2020 bubble run?
Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika took note of Dallas’ problems in getting up to speed in the Saddledome:
The Stars generated just 16 shots on goal, including six in 10 minutes of power-play time, and allowed Calgary goalie Jacob Markstrom to post his 10th shutout of the season. And as bad as getting three shots on goal in the first period was, Dallas also only was able to muster three shots on goal in the third period while desperately trying to tie the game....
Bottom line, the Flames earned the win. Calgary dominated play early, getting an 11-0 advantage in shots on goal to start the game and executing perfectly on a first-period power play. Elias Lindholm cranked a one-timer that trickled over the glove of [Jake] Oettinger, and that would be the only goal in the game.
But the team also showed signs that they can take it to the Pacific Division leaders as the series wears on:
Oettinger was great in his first playoff start. The 23-year-old goalie made 25 saves and looked like a veteran for most of the game. He seemed motivated by the one goal, and he clearly drew confidence from the performance....
The loss of [John] Klingberg [to a game misconduct] weighed down on the remaining five defensemen, and they performed admirably. Miro Heiskanen logged 29:25 and Ryan Suter played 25:14. In addition, both Jani Hakanpää and Joel Hanley were solid in extended minutes.
Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn seemed to take a step up from the regular season, and both look like they could do even more as the playoffs move forward.
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Another night, another watch party. Who’s going?
Come watch Game 2 with us!— x - Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) May 4, 2022
Join us at @BarRockets tomorrow beginning at 8:30 PM for our Official @BudLight Watch Party. Seating is first come, first served, so arrive early!#OneStateOneTeam | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/8ofMXWpezF
But what about tonight’s lines? Saad Yousuf has your 411.
Jacob Peterson and Marian Studenic skating as extras.— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) May 5, 2022
Lines have come some semblance of full circle from the beginning of the season.
Yes, Jason Robertson is Practically Perfect In Every Way. Try to deal.
Around The Leagues
About Last Night...In Playoffs Action
- Rookie netminder Pyotr Kochetkov got the W, and the Carolina Hurricanes are up 2-0 after a 5-2 home victory over the Boston Bruins. [Canes Country]
- The Tampa Bay Lightning struck back to tie the series with a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Raw Charge]
- The Minnesota Wild came back with a vengeance, dominating the St. Louis Blues 6-2 to tie the Dirty Central series. [Hockey Wilderness]
- And the Edmonton Oilers evened the Pacific Division series at home with a 6-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Kings. [Copper And Blue]
Does the Conn Smythe Trophy formula need fixing? Personally, I would have started with the Norris, but this way is good, too, I guess....
Along with the Conn Smythe Formula, my ESPN this column this week features:— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 5, 2022
- Bobby Orr Jersey Foul
- Explaining my "the @Avalanche are bland" thing
- Why NHL Player Safety whiffed on Jared Spurgeon suspension.
- Winners/Losers and Puck Headlines!https://t.co/z8nIdO5Frs
In other news, the Arizona Coyotes will be able to start next season on home ice after all.
The Coyotes' deal to play games at ASU's multi-purpose arena is complete, ASU CFO Morgan Olsen confirmed.— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) May 5, 2022
The arena will be ready to host NHL games in October, avoiding a lengthy Coyotes road trip to start the 2022-23 season.
Story via @PHNX_Coyotes https://t.co/pGo5xE1xXO
Aaaaaand I’m just gonna leave this here.
#NJDevils Tom Fitzgerald on players like Jack Hughes, Jesper Bratt, and Nico Hischier in exit meetings:— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) May 5, 2022
"They are very supportive of Lindy Ruff."
They mentioned how influential he's been to the growth of their careers.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars fell 2-1 on Wednesday against the Rockford IceHogs in game one of a best-of-three first round playoff series at the BMO Harris Bank Center.— x - Texas Stars (@TexasStars) May 5, 2022
We can’t be these heroes, but we can at least try to emulate them. Enjoy.