Dallas Stars Daily Links: Dickinson Enjoying First Playoff Series

The young forward has done well against Nashville this series, and he’s having fun while doing it. Plus, the NHL will serve up at least two Game 7’s, Ben Bishop’s case for the Vezina, and more.

Jason Dickinson has never played in the NHL Playoffs before this year, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the Dallas Stars forward. Playing in the top six alongside Roope Hintz and Mats Zuccarello, Dickinson is doing it all, from playing stout defense, to scoring goals, to getting the Nashville Predators irritated:

He just wants to do his part in a greater team effort. If that means getting under the skin of the Predators and drawing a few penalties, well, that can be fun, too.

”There’s a mindset that has to be bought into by everybody,” Dickinson said. “Everybody is going to work hard, everybody is going to do the little things, and that’s going to roll over from shift to shift.”

He may not get as much attention as some of the team’s star players, but Dickinson has been a key reason why the Stars are one win away from upsetting the Predators. And his stellar play has certainly not gone unnoticed by his teammates:

“I think he’s underrated on this team,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “He’s a very reliable player for us, and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him. He plays the right way all of the time, and is a smart hockey player.

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Stars Stories

Speaking of how Dickinson annoys the Predators...

Of course, as great as players like Dickinson have been this series, the Stars would be nowhere without their top players:

It’s game day, and the Stars could win a playoff series on home ice for the first time in ages:

Around the League

Remember all of the Canadian media touting how the Toronto Maple Leafs were now, by default, “Canada’s Team”? Sounds like they spoke too soon, as the Boston Bruins forced Game 7 with a 4-2 win:

The San Jose Sharks also forced a Game 7, as Martin Jones stopped 58 out of 59 shots to beat the Vegas Golden Knights in double overtime!

The game-winner? A shorthanded goal by Tomas Hertl:

And in case you were wondering how often that’s happened before...

Ben Bishop is a Vezina finalist, but how does he stack up against the competition?

T.J. Oshie’s season is all but officially over after undergoing surgery for a broken collarbone:

Here’s some names to keep an eye on as the coaching search continues for several NHL teams:

Finally, the NHL has announced the Norris Trophy finalists, which includes Mark Giordano and two other players who won’t win it: