The Stars need to beat the best if they want to make the playoffs. Plus, drafting an ESPN hockey desk, Danila Klimovich may be the best prospect you’ve never heard of, and more.
After giving up the first goal in the first period, the Stars put together a well-controlled second frame and got some solid saves from Jake Oettinger. But they weren’t enough to overcome a big giveaway by Blake Comeau and a poorly timed John Klingberg penalty – both of which resulted in goals against.
Solving Andrei Vasilevskiy – who has three of his five season shutouts against the Stars – is an obvious part of the problem. But one of the Stars’ biggest issues is usually getting out of their own way, as Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika suggests:
Dallas had a game like this the other night in Detroit and stayed with it, scoring a third-period goal to tie things up and eventually winning in overtime. So when the Stars drew a penalty and had a third-period power play with a chance to get the tying goal, fans were on the edge of their couches.
Instead, defensemen John Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen misconnected on a pass, Klingberg tripped Tampa Bay’s Blake Coleman, and the Plano native had a penalty shot and chance to put a dagger in the heart of his boyhood heroes. Coleman did just that, and the Lightning added an empty-net goal for the final score.
And if the Victory Green Gang wants to make it back to postseason play, it’s imperative that they solve the southeastern puzzle first:
The Stars are now 1-4-1 against Tampa Bay with two more games to go in the season series. They finished 2-4-2 against Carolina including a 5-1 loss on Tuesday at home and are 2-3-2 against Florida with one game left in the eight-game season series. If Dallas makes the playoffs, it’ll play one of those three teams, so getting some positive momentum going has been a goal.
“We’ve got to find ways to get points,” Comeau said. “We want to make it in the playoffs, and if we get in the playoffs we’re going to have to go through some really good teams to get to where we want to be at – and that’s to win the Stanley Cup.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
The Stars can make a huge step toward that last playoffs spot with a win over the Nashville Predators tomorrow. But it won’t be easy.
New on @TheAthleticNHL:
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) April 30, 2021
Blake Comeau is even more frustrated by that turnover than you were.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 30, 2021
At least it appears that The Finnisher is healthy again.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 30, 2021
Around The Leagues
- The Carolina Hurricanes held onto sole ownership of first place in the Discover Central Division with a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. [Canes Country]
- And the second-place Florida Panthers stayed a step ahead of the Bolts with a 4-3 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks. [Litter Box Cats]
Auston Matthews gets the headlines for his Rocket Richard Trophy campaign, but Jason Spezza just passed the legend it’s named for on the all-time points list.
Toronto’s Jason Spezza passes Canadiens legend with 967th career pointhttps://t.co/1rECoWBVG0
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) April 30, 2021
Putting this here so if the Stars really do lose Razor to ESPN, you’ll know to blame Sean.
The American half of The Athletic’s Sean Contingent (@seangentille and I) combined forces to draft hockey broadcast teams for ESPN and Turner Sports. Here is the definitive list that I’m sure everyone will agree with and have no issues with. https://t.co/W9y8EypsHA
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 30, 2021
The IIHF U18 Worlds have been something of a premiere party for Belarussian prospect Danila Klimovich, whose draft stock is rising even as you read this.
Danila Klimovich wasn’t on many people’s radars ahead of the U-18 World Championship. But with four goals in two games, he’s quickly becoming a name to watch for at the 2021 NHL draft.https://t.co/wW4qX9gRA7
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) April 28, 2021
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Adam Scheel stopped 39 shots and made 3 more in the shootout for good measure to earn the win tonight.
— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) April 30, 2021
Elsewhere, one of the T-Stars’ all-time greats is calling it a career.
Former #txstars D Maxime Fortunus has retired. An original Texas Star, Fortunus played 882 games across 15 seasons in the AHL, including 6 seasons in Texas. He served as captain for 3 of those, including the year the Stars won the Calder Cup. pic.twitter.com/5eO6tc1DNp
— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) April 29, 2021
In case you were wondering, Stephen Meserve has at his fingertips the names of all five of the original Texas Stars who are still playing.
Yes, they are:
— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) April 30, 2021