Dallas Stars Daily Links: Oettinger And Robertson Shine On The World Stage

Two of the Stars’ brightest helped bring home a USA victory over Canada. Plus, the Avalanche sweep the Blues, the 2021 OGWAC Playoffs are officially on, and more.

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]

Stars Stuff

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]/

The Colorado Avalanche became the first team to advance after sweeping the St. Louis Blues, which represents some quality #MDK-on-#MDK violence, I don’t care who you are.

The Boston Bruins showed similar dispatch in dispensing with the Washington Capitals, giving up only one game in their march to Round 2.

The Winnipeg Jets are inching up on a sweep of their own after a 5-4 OT win over the Edmonton Oilers, and now you know why Nikolaj Ehlers was trending.

Also on the verge of advancing: the Vegas Golden Knights against the Minnesota Wild.

And the Battle of Florida is hanging by a thread as the Tampa Bay Lightning take a 3-1 series lead over the Florida Panthers.

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.

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.