Vintage Joe Pavelski Helps the Dallas Stars to a 4 2 VictoryIn the opening game of the 2019 Western Conference playoffs‚ the Dallas Stars took a 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. Vintage Joe Pavelski scored the game-winning goal‚ which was his 14th of the postseason. Heiskanen's solid play and Suter's assist on Pavelski's game-tying goal were other key moments of the game. Oettinger also made a huge save on Gaudreau‚ who had a breakaway.
Pavelski's 14th career playoff game-winnerUntil the beginning of the 2015-16 NHL season‚ few people were aware that Joe Pavelski had 14 goals and 88 assists during his career. However‚ those statistics are now starting to change. Pavelski has been scoring regularly for the Stars for over a decade‚ and the recent string of wins is one reason why. Pavelski has four goals and 12 assists in his last eight games. Pavelski's clutch play is well-documented. This goal tied the game against the Calgary Flames in the 2020 playoffs‚ and the Stars went on to win the series 4-2. They have not lost since‚ and Pavelski has yet to make his way into the Hockey Hall of Fame. With the playoffs looming‚ there are several reasons for Pavelski to continue to perform at such high levels. A vintage Joe Pavelski's 14th career playoff goal for the Dallas Stars is a wonderful way to commemorate a special occasion. Joe Pavelski was in the crowd to cheer for the Stars at the game‚ and his 14th career playoff game-winner makes this moment even more special. Pavelski's team is adamant about keeping the fans happy. The Dallas Stars have many questions surrounding their future. Obviously‚ they have a long road ahead‚ but they're still fighting for the second Wild Card spot. With Bryant on the horizon‚ things are taking things day by day. The question is‚ what is next? And is he staying in Dallas? Pavelski is taking things one game at a time.
Heiskanen's solid playHeiskanen led the Dallas Stars with 24:57 of ice time. In addition to leading the team in minutes played‚ he is second in scoring with 17 points. Heiskanen also leads the team in plus-13 and blocked shots with 39. Heiskanen has been an effective shutdown defenseman throughout his rookie season‚ and his solid play helped the Stars secure a 4-2 victory in Game 3. The Stars' rover-like defensive play is one of the reasons for this success. Heiskanen's solid play was crucial in the fourth period. After Markstrom's first-period save‚ the Stars were able to keep possession of the puck and capitalize on a turnover. The star's second-period power play led to Faksa's goal eight and a half minutes after the opening faceoff. Heiskanen was even on Noah Hanifan's goal before his own goal‚ which was ruled out due to a missed shot by Markstrom. Miro Heiskanen continues to earn MVP awards after another great performance against the Calgary Flames. Heiskanen posted two assists and a plus-2 rating in Game 2‚ and was a key contributor for the Stars on the power play and during the team's shorthanded time. Heiskanen played a total of 29:09 in Game 1 against the Flames. His strong play allowed the Stars to win in the fourth round. Aside from his two goals‚ Heiskanen had solid play all season. His first goal was a Norris Trophy-worthy highlight. After denying a Vancouver puck entry with a poke-check‚ Heiskanen was set up for a breakaway after a chip pass from Alexander Radulov. He finished the goal by looking left and firing a shot right under Cam Talbot's glove. Despite the fact that the Dallas Stars have lost five of their last seven games‚ they are only one game away from clinching a playoff spot and are well on their way to a first-round series win. With a win in this Game 3‚ the Stars are now one game away from clinching their first-round playoff berth in four years.
Suter's assist on Pavelski's game-tying goalThe fourth period of Game 2 was a classic example of a hockey game where the first on ice‚ last off ice scenario took place. Suter's assist on vintage Joe Pavelski's game-tying goal was one of many defining moments of the game. Pavelski embodied the phrase first on ice‚ last off ice‚ positioning himself alone in front of the net and tipping teammates' shots into the net. The Stars must improve their late-game play. The Stars held a 1-0 lead midway through the second period‚ but failed to capitalize on their advantage. The Blues took advantage of Dallas' inactivity and scored the game-tying goal. They must show improvement in this area and play with the same intensity and aggressiveness in the third period. Pavelski scored the game-tying goal at 4:22 in the second period‚ his first goal in 39 games. Pavelski had secondary assists on goals by Tyler Seguin and Miro Heiskanen. The team's top-line winger now has 81 points‚ one more than his previous high in 2013-14 with the San Jose Sharks. Pavelski became the 22nd American-born player to reach 500 assists. The Stars had an early start‚ leaving their Calgary hotel early and having to change planes. They then had to go through customs once again. Then‚ with less than three minutes left in the first period‚ the Stars thought they had a goal. However‚ a challenge for goaltender interference ended up ruling against Pavelski. The Stars have a chance to go to the playoffs after this series. After missing the playoffs in the first round last season‚ they went on to reach the Stanley Cup Final. Nevertheless‚ the Stars are still in the playoff bubble. And they need to win their final two games to take the top wild card spot. Unlike last year‚ they have to play two games in the Western Conference. The Stars were led by veteran forward Roope Hintz‚ who scored two goals‚ while winger Jason Robertson extended his point streak to 11 games. While they did lose Game 1 of the series‚ they've now beaten the Calgary Flames twice in a row. In Game 4‚ they'll visit the Calgary Flames‚ a team that had not been in their division last season.
Oettinger's breakaway stop on GaudreauThe Dallas Stars earned their second straight series victory after Jake Oettinger stopped a breakaway attempt by Johnny Gaudreau with three and a half minutes remaining in Game 3. It was Oettinger's 39th save of the season‚ and his third shutout in the playoffs. The star goaltender also made 39 saves‚ a team record. The victory gives the Stars a 2-1 series lead over the Flames. The Stars were fortunate to have tied the series after one period‚ but Calgary made a push at the Dallas end of the ice‚ pushed along the wall and used their speed to open up the Stars defense. Oettinger made a breakaway stop on Gaudreau‚ and the Stars settled down after that. There was less post-whistle scrums in the third period‚ which was a good sign. The Stars' offense capitalized offensively when the game went to four-on-four. Esa Lindell received a pass from Miro Heiskanen and directed the puck towards the goal. The puck deflected off Radek Faksa and past Markstrom. That was the only goal of the game. While the Dallas Stars' goaltender stopped Gaudreau's breakaway attempt‚ the Calgary Flames were able to generate more offence than the Stars‚ and Jake Oettinger was able to keep those opportunities. The Calgary Flames didn't have a chance to tie the game until the last minute of the third period. Oettinger's strong play and aggressive defense didn't allow Gaudreau to get a shot away. Oettinger's shutout save on Gaudreau spoiled an opportunity for Calgary to tie the game. His breakaway stop on Gaudreau‚ as well as the Calgary Stars' power play‚ saved the hosts. The goaltender made the save to preserve a 4-2 lead. In Game 4‚ the Stars will have a chance to make it five goals-for-five and win the series in seven games. After a tying goal by Tyler Seguin‚ Oettinger made a big breakaway stop on Gaudreau‚ which sparked the Dallas power-play. Dallas' power-play‚ however‚ was a bit slower than the Calgary Flames' killers. As a result‚ the Stars ended up 0-11 in the series.
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