It’s official! The Dallas Stars are playoffs bound after a 5-1 route of the Nashville Predators. The Stars swept the Preds on the season series, and get themselves in a better position to get to the top of the tables in the Central Division.
The Stars came into the game knowing that all they needed to do was win the game in any fashion. It could have come in regulation (which it did), overtime, or shootout, and the win would clinch their spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Roope Hintz scored his 35th goal of the season to open up the scoring. You could tell from puck drop that the Stars were going to be buzzing and wanting to go ahead and lock down their playoff spot. Clearly, Jason Robertson was the first assist on the scoring play. Name a better duo than Robo and Roope. You can’t.
Colin Miller and Joe Pavelski continued the onslaught in the second period with a goal a piece.
The Pavelski tip in goal was super nice, but the pass from Miro Heiskanen was absolutely not real. Miro should be in the conversation for the Norris trophy, and if he’s not in the top three I will cause a riot.
The real story of the night was really Jason Robertson. He tallied two assists and a goal and is up to 101 points on the season. He set the franchise record for points in a season a few games ago, but he can’t stop scoring points. He’s a machine. He’s a robot. He is Jason Robertson.
Tyler Seguin scored the fifth goal of the night for the home team. Seggy was buzzing all night long as well, so it was good to see him get one in the back of the net. The Stars were on a tear throughout the game, and there wasn’t much that could stop the offense from scoring goals.
Scott Wedgewood really played well in net Monday night. It’s imperative that Jake Oettinger gets a little bit of rest before the playoffs, so it was good to see Wedge come back from injury and really have a good performance.
The Stars position in the playoffs is still to be determined, but Monday night the Dallas Stars are officially playoffs bound.