Dallas Stars Daily Links: Roope Hintz Is In The NHL To Stay

Last night’s First Star proved he belongs with the big club, writes Mike Heika. Plus, Mats Zuccarello goes to 11, the Steelheads win in overtime, and more.

Mike Heika leads his latest Dallas Stars story with an anecdote about Roope Hintz and his faceoff percentage. After going one-for-14 in Game 2 against the Nashville Predators, he came back to Big D and sought help from assistant coach Stu Barnes.

In Games 3 and 4, Hintz has gone 15-for-29. It’s a mini-metric that encapsulates the Finnish forward’s season, Heika writes:

“I think I was unlucky in some ways, and not as good in some ways,” Hintz said when asked about the tough night in the circle. “But then you come back and work hard and you fix it. That’s just what you do.”

And Hintz’s head coach couldn’t be happier about how his newest star has come into his own during the Stanley Cup playoffs:

“He’s generating chances, and in Game 1, I thought he was the one that dictated our drive play to their net,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “Game 2, he wasn’t as dominant, but last game he was very effective and tonight the puck goes in. It’s good for your confidence, but we know what he brings to our team.

“He’s a legitimate top six (forward) and he’s made our team have two lines.”

There’s always more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]

Stars Stuff: Stanley Cup Edition

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Ben Bishop deserves to be happy. Doesn’t he look happy?

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The Stars’ neighbors to the west approve.

Around The League(s): Playoffs Edition

Can’t Stop The #Murder

  • The Colorado Avalanche just - keep - going. They hold a 3-1 series lead after defeating the Calgary Flames 3-2 in OT last night. [Mile High Hockey]/

The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs have got themselves a series, here. The Bruins tied it 2-2 with a 6-4 win in Ontario. [Stanley Cup Of Chowder]

Sportswriters will argue for decades over what went wrong with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Greg Wyshynski takes a good, long first look.

Meanwhile, in Stanley Cup Playoffs-Winter Classic combo-platter news, Wysh just went there.

Brad Marchand has been pretty quiet lately. Emily Kaplan checks out the new look for the notorious agitator.

Greetings From Beautiful Boise

The Idaho Steelheads continue their own playoffs push, now with a 2-1 series lead. They took another overtime victory last night against the Utah Grizzlies (Colorado Avalanche).

Want to see Colton Saucerman’s GWG helper...?


Do you agree with Theo Fleury? The New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets probably do. Enjoy.