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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Speaking of how Dickinson annoys the Predators...
Jason Dickinson on how he got under Ekholm’s skin: “I just have a face.”— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 20, 2019
Of course, as great as players like Dickinson have been this series, the Stars would be nowhere without their top players:
With best players leading way, Stars happy to follow https://t.co/1N2JGNigaC via @NHLdotcom— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) April 21, 2019
It’s game day, and the Stars could win a playoff series on home ice for the first time in ages:
Elimination game at AAC presents Stars with chance to accomplish something not seen in Dallas for more than a decade | @MDeFranks #StanleyCup https://t.co/nNrW7YEnqS— SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) April 21, 2019
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:
What a way to spend your Sunday! https://t.co/fE6HKibOdu— Stanley Cup of Chowder (@cupofchowdah) April 22, 2019
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!
Sharks 2, Golden Knights 1 (2OT): Tomas Hertl delivers promised Game 7 https://t.co/XgPZjhAFIe— Fear the Fin (@fearthefin) April 22, 2019
The game-winner? A shorthanded goal by Tomas Hertl:
.@TomasHertl48 wins it in DOUBLE OT! #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/hgRFX4eSWH— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) April 22, 2019
And in case you were wondering how often that’s happened before...
Tomas Hertl of the @SanJoseSharks is the first player in NHL history to score a shorthanded winner in a game that required multiple overtimes. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/WuIqPDqRg5— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 22, 2019
Ben Bishop is a Vezina finalist, but how does he stack up against the competition?
Who will win the Vezina Trophy this season? With the top three announced, @THNJaredClinton looks at the case for Ben Bishop, Robin Lehner and Andrei Vasilevskiy:https://t.co/pAPgeDIR8O— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) April 22, 2019
T.J. Oshie’s season is all but officially over after undergoing surgery for a broken collarbone:
Oshie had surgery to repair a broken collarbone. https://t.co/74VAvO9UXQ— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 21, 2019
Here’s some names to keep an eye on as the coaching search continues for several NHL teams:
Top candidates to fill NHL coaching vacancies, from the big names to the lesser known, by @OvertimeScottB https://t.co/VFHO3RAFt5— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) April 21, 2019
Finally, the NHL has announced the Norris Trophy finalists, which includes Mark Giordano and two other players who won’t win it:
Brent Burns (@SanJoseSharks), Mark Giordano (@NHLFlames) and Victor Hedman (@TBLightning) are the three finalists for the 2018-19 James Norris Memorial Trophy. https://t.co/IPMHUcJliQ #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/nTtzhbxt3L— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 21, 2019