Sometimes life on the ice flies past you during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That definitely happened to the Dallas Stars last night as they lost 5-4 in OT to the Seattle Kraken. The Stars were very sloppy in the first period, wasting Joe Pavelski’s four-goal performance and the series lead. The Stars have been in this position before as they lost in game 1 in OT to the Wild and bounced back and won the series. Let’s look at some of the takeaways from the Stars game last night.
Dallas Stars vs Seattle Kraken Recap: 3. Sloppy play
The Stars were very sloppy in the first period with the puck and the Kraken was able to cash in on it. Even though he wasn’t on TV last night, Bally Sports Southwest NHL TV Analyst Brent Severyn broke down most of the mistakes the Stars made like the one down below. Watch how four of the Stars are all cornering one Kraken player over in the corner which allowed Justin Schultz to score on Oettinger. Little mistakes like this ended up costing the Stars the victory last night.
Dallas Stars vs Seattle Kraken Recap: 2. Get Colin Miller off the ice
The Stars need to bring back Joel Hanley into the lineup in game 2. Colin Miller was a huge liability on the ice last night with constant turnovers. Hanley is a more physical defenseman and can slow down some of these Kraken players that have some insane speed on the ice. I don’t know why Pete DeBoer put him back in the lineup after they had success without him. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
Dallas Stars vs Seattle Kraken Recap: 1. Joe Pavelski is back
That was the loudest ovation that I’ve heard for a Stars player other than Jake Oettinger last night. Joe Pavelski returned to the ice after having a concussion in round 1 against the Wild. He didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard as he scored three minutes into the game.
He would then throw the team on his back as he scored another four goals to send the team to OT. It’s a shame that the Stars couldn’t get the win for all the goals he scored. He did however become the oldest player to record four goals in a playoff game.