With the Dallas Stars down a couple of players to injuries, they needed to find a way to get two points last night. The Stars fought back and forth with the Calgary Flames with Jason Robertson scoring the game-winning goal in OT tonight in a high-scoring tilt winning 6-5. With the two points the Stars earned, it widens the gap between the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild to three points. It was an ugly game but the Stars were able to get two points last night and that’s what matters.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames Recap: 3. Defense was a liability
The Stars’ defense was a huge liability tonight and it could cause an issue during the playoffs this season. Ryan Suter was burned multiple times on the ice by younger players and Jake Oettinger had to save his butt tonight. This was one of the prime examples of Suter getting burned below.
There was also another pass he made that could have been really costly if Oettinger didn’t stop the puck. Jani Hakanpaa was another player that had some defensive slip-ups last night but redeemed himself with a goal. This needs to be fixed by the playoffs if the Stars want to have a long postseason run this year.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames Recap: 2. Oettinger looked exhausted tonight
I want Jake Oettinger to get the rest of the regular season off once we clinch the Central Division. Over the last couple of games including tonight, he has made some really bad save attempts that Matt Murray would have probably saved.
There are multiple factors why he might be in a slump including Wedgewood’s injury. He was supposed to have a lot of rest after the All-Star Break with all the lottery teams the Stars had remaining on the schedule. Pete DeBoer has got to find out when Wedgewood will be back this season or call up Remi Poirier and send Matt Murray back down.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames Recap: 1. History was made tonight
There were two huge milestones last night that happened that should be celebrated. The first one was Jason Robertson scoring his 40th and 41st goal to become the first Dallas Stars player with back-to-back 40-goal seasons. Robertson scored this amazing goal in OT which caused Jacob Markstrom to break his stick going into the tunnel.
The other one was Wyatt Johnston scoring his 20th goal of the season becoming the leading rookie goal scorer in the NHL. Wyatt “Red Bull” Johnston is going to be a star for a very long time in this league and hopefully, he’s now in the top 3 for the Calder Trophy.