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Playoff Takeaways: Stars, Oettinger bounce back as series with Kraken heats up


Of all of the glowing numbers surrounding goalie Jake Oettinger, essentially the most spectacular could also be that he was 17-1-4 this season in video games after his losses. After all, it helps that he’s additionally surrounded by the glowing Dallas Stars.

The goalie and his 108-point staff rebounded Thursday as they at all times do, beating the Seattle Kraken 4-2 in Dallas to even what’s trying like a fascinating Nationwide Hockey League quarter-final playoff sequence at 1-1.

Second-best to the Kraken’s Philipp Grubauer in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss, Oettinger was wonderful in Recreation 2, particularly within the third interval when Seattle generated practically half of its 27 photographs. Oettinger is the very best goalie remaining within the Stanley Cup playoffs. And he will likely be an fascinating case examine as the one one who was a workhorse ace throughout the common season.

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He performed prefer it Thursday, however the staff in entrance of him seemed significantly better, too.

Outhit 47-19 in Recreation 1, the Stars held their very own bodily towards the relentless Kraken. In addition they put extra pucks and much more site visitors in entrance of Grubauer, who continues to play three ranges above his regular-season kind.

Wyatt Johnson, Evgenii Dadonov, Joe Pavelski and Tyler Seguin scored for Dallas, which led 2-0 midway by the sport and was up 4-1 late within the third interval till Jordan Eberle’s good solo sprint lifted Seattle inside two objectives with 3:28 to play.

Recreation 3 is Sunday night time within the Pacific Northwest.

CALDER CONVERSATION

There wasn’t a lot shock in regards to the rookie-of-the-year finalists introduced Thursday by the Nationwide Hockey League. Buffalo defenceman Owen Energy and Seattle centre Matty Beniers had been no-brainer picks, though the Skilled Hockey Writers Affiliation may have voted 20-year-old Ottawa defenceman Jake Sanderson forward of the third finalist, 24-year-old Edmonton Oiler goalie Stuart Skinner, who in his fifth season {of professional} hockey began 48 NHL video games and took his staff’s beginning job away from $25-million free agent Jack Campbell.

However it will likely be fascinating to seek out out the place Dallas rookie Wyatt Johnston completed in Calder Trophy balloting. Nonetheless solely 19 years previous, Johnson made an influence for the Stars all season (24 objectives) as a teenage rookie centre and, much more impressively, continues to take action within the playoffs.

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After main all Dallas forwards in ice time on Tuesday – sure, forward of quadruple-goal-scorer Pavelski – Johnston scored the primary objective on Thursday and arrange the third one on the facility play. He completed with 4 photographs on web, 17:01 of ice time in all conditions and performed the majority of his five-on-five minutes towards two-time Cup winner Yanni Gourde, who has been considered one of Seattle’s finest gamers within the playoffs.

This time final yr, Johnston was nonetheless in junior hockey, serving to drive the Windsor Spitfires’ lengthy playoff run within the Ontario League. Johnston isn’t going to be a particular participant; he already is a particular participant.

WHERE ARE HINTZ AND ROBERTSON?

The Kraken are getting a whole lot of consideration for the depth and evenness of their lineup, and their potential to construct a 100-point season – then eradicated the Colorado Avalanche within the playoffs – with out a bonafide star (Beniers will change into one).

The Stars, nevertheless, equally depend on lineup depth and secondary scoring. However they’ve game-breakers in centre Roope Hintz and winger Jason Robertson, who simply posted his second straight 40-goal season (46 objectives, truly) earlier than his 24th birthday.

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By means of two video games towards Seattle, they’ve mixed for one help – a secondary helper by Hintz, who received a faceoff earlier than the ultimate Dallas objective on Thursday. Hintz has been harmful, however Robertson has seemed out of kinds and completed Recreation 2 with only a single shot on web. He missed the goal totally on a wide-open likelihood from the hashmarks within the first interval.

Hintz and Robertson mixed for seven objectives and 19 factors in Dallas’ six-game sequence win towards Minnesota to open the playoffs. However Stars should not getting previous the Kraken with out their stars contributing. Simply saying.

ANOTHER CINDERELLA STORY

Motive 37 for why the Stanley Cup playoffs are so nice is that everybody begins over from zero and somebody you’ve by no means heard of can, over the course of as much as two months, change into a each day hero.

Undrafted Seattle winger Tye Kartye, enjoying as a result of Jared McCann was concussed after the whistle by Colorado’s Cale Makar in Recreation 4 of Spherical 1, scored for the second time in 5 playoff video games and was a wrecking ball, ending with 5 hits whereas skating once more beside Beniers and Eberle. A free agent from the Soo Greyhounds, that is Kartye’s first season {of professional} hockey. Solely his household, mates and the Kraken player-development employees knew he existed two weeks in the past. However the Stars are seeing a whole lot of him now.

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WE DON’T LIKE. . .

For the second straight sport, the Stars coaxed a penalty name with pretty apparent embellishment. Mason Marchment was at the very least penalized for falling like a jacket from a hanger when bumped by Kraken defenceman Carson Soucy within the second interval. However Soucy was nonetheless whistled for interference, and Dallas nonetheless ended up on the facility play when Soucy foolishly circled again after the whistle and prodded Marchment, who naturally buckled like he’d undergone an unanesthetized vasectomy whereas searching for – and getting — one other name. 

In Recreation 1, Seguin bought a cross-checking name towards Adam Larsson.

Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman reported that a whole lot of managers across the NHL don’t just like the embellishment pattern and wish the league to do one thing. Let’s hope.

FACEOFFS

If the Kraken are going to win this sequence, it could assist in the event that they began with the puck now and again. Faceoffs on Thursday had been 44-20 for Dallas and, sadly for Seattle, this isn’t a blip. The Kraken ranked 31st within the league throughout the common season with a faceoff win price of 45.3 per cent. So whereas Jamie Benn went 11-1 within the circle for the Stars and Luke Glendening was 10-5, Gourde was 3-9 for the Kraken and Morgan Geekie 1-8. The Kraken don’t should out-duel the Stars on faceoffs to win, however they should keep away from getting skewered on restarts than they did Thursday. Dallas’ clinching objective got here instantly from a faceoff.

RATTLING MATTY

It’s most likely good for Beniers that he has two days to get well earlier than Recreation 3 as a result of he absorbed a few head photographs in Recreation 2. He was by chance clipped by Robertson within the second interval when the gamers collided away from the puck, however Beniers was additionally rocked a few instances by six-foot-six defenceman Jani Hakanpaa. Beniers didn’t register a shot whereas going pointless in 19:38 of ice time – a workload that begs a query: “The place was the concussion spotter?”

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