The Dallas Stars have finally crossed the finish line up the regular season after a long and tedious 82-game season. Six long months of checking players into the boards and putting the puck into the back of the net. The Stars and the St. Louis Blues fought to the very end but it was the Stars that came out on top 1-0 in a thriller at the American Airlines Center. Wyatt Johnston was the hero last night as he was the lone goal scorer last night.
Now the Stars watch tonight to see who their first round opponent will be. With a Colorado Avalanche loss, the Stars will be playing the newcomers the Seattle Kraken. Also with a loss, the Stars would end up winning the Central Division title. With an Avalanche win tonight they will be playing their northern rivals, the Minnesota Wild. Let’s take a look at last night’s season finale and take a look at the three main takeaways from the game.
Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues Recap: 3. Jake Oettinger finally got his shutout
After all the games that he has suited up this season, Oettinger finally got a shutout win. That was his fifth shutout of the season and he looks primed for the playoffs. I was concerned in the final minute that we would be going to OT but Mr. Otter said no sir. I think he’s ready for the playoffs since that felt like a playoff game where no one could score a goal. Whether it’s Seattle or Minnesota, Oettinger is ready to eliminate either team.
Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues Recap: 2. Wyatt Johnston showing out
Wyatt “Red Bull” Johnston is heating up at the right time and fans are loving it. He scored another goal to entice Calder Trophy voters to vote for him. It was good recognition by Johnston to send a deflection off the post into the empty net that Jordan Binnington wasn’t guarding. It was his 24th of the season and I think he has a good shot at the Calder. Now we wait to see how the voters vote for Rookie of the Year.
Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues Recap: 1. Overall good playoff hockey by the Stars
That was a really good tune up “playoff game” from the Stars last night. The defense kept Jordan Kyrou from attacking the net often and shut down their offense. The Stars need to clean up finishing empty net goals but that can be addressed at practice. I think the Stars are ready for a deep playoff run. It all starts on Monday night as they take on the Wild or the Kraken.