Dallas Stars Daily Links: Seguin on the Stars’ Playoff Run

The Stars’ top center is enjoying his first real taste of playoff action in years. Plus, one of the top GM candidates is off the market, women players take matters into their own hands, and more.

The last time the Dallas Stars took on the St. Louis Blues in the second round, Tyler Seguin was forced to watch from the sidelines due to injury. Now the Stars center is front and center as the team hopes to make the Conference Final, a lofty goal heading into the season:

“It’s been a long year,” Seguin said. “It’s been a roller coaster of a year. A roller coaster of a playoff. I’ve obviously been trying to keep it even keel all year. A lot of stuff has happened — for the whole team, for me personally... To think about where I’ve come from, where we’ve come from this season, it’s encouraging,” he said. “But we can’t stop now.”

Playoff hockey is widely considered to be much different than the regular season, both because the stakes are higher and because the game gets more physical. But that’s just what makes it all the more fun:

I’ll talk to friends and family and they’ll say: ‘You look tired, it’s such a grind.’ And I’ll tell them that this is the one thing I’ll miss the most -- the grind and the locker room. It’s so rewarding and fulfilling to win a playoff game, a playoff series and obviously going all the way. That’s why you enjoy when times are tough. Because it makes winning so much sweeter.”

You can hear more from Tyler Seguin here: [NHL]

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Around the League

The Boston Bruins had themselves a field day against the Columbus Blue Jackets, tying the series after a resounding 4-1 win. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

Later, the Colorado Avalanche did the same thing, taking Game 4 from the San Jose Sharks by a score of 3-0. [Mile High Hockey]

Miro Heiskanen and Roope Hintz are among the biggest surprises in the playoffs, at least for people who were completely unfamiliar with the Stars:

Well this was... unexpected:

Speaking of GM hirings, it looks like the status quo might remain in Edmonton. Because everyone knows the Oilers know what they’re doing:

Should Vancouver Canucks fans cheer for the Stars over the Blues this series? I make my (rather convincing) case over at our sibling SB Nation site:

Big news from hundreds of prominent women’s hockey players: