I had no worries going into this game tonight whatsoever. I just had a feeling the Dallas Stars were going to sucker punch the Kraken back last night at the American Airlines Center. Stars rookie Wyatt Johnston opened up the scoring and everything just fell into place. The Stars would go on to win 4-2 over the Kraken to tie this series up.
It was a great effort all around and multiple players contributed goals to the effort. Before we take a look at the three takeaways from last night. let’s listen to Dallas Stars PA Announcer Jeff K announce the final score of the game again.
Dallas Stars vs Seattle Kraken Recap: 3. Wyatt Johnston was robbed of Calder nomination
Let’s get it all out into the air to start this takeaway, Wyatt Johnston was robbed of being a nominee for the Calder Trophy this season. Even Pete DeBoer mentioned it after the game to the press. When you are second in goal-scoring as a rookie, you should be a nominee even if you don’t end up winning. Back to the game, someone needed to ignite the scoring in the second period and Wyatt Johnston did that burying his own rebound into the net.
Dallas Stars vs Seattle Kraken Recap: 2. Papa Joe can’t stop scoring
It’s pretty hysterical that Joe Pavelski has more goals in two games than Connor McDavid does in seven. Joe Pavelski buried a pass from Wyatt Johnston into the net to increase his goals to five. I swear I’ve never a veteran like Joe Pavelski that is really hungry to win the Stanley Cup. I’m glad that the Stars were able to beat the Wild without him because he’s going to be on everyone’s scouting reports moving forward. I’m glad he chose to come to Dallas over the other teams in the league to chase the Cup.
Dallas Stars vs Seattle Kraken Recap: 1. Overall Game was better tonight
I would say the overall quality of the game tonight was better than Tuesday night. The puck possession was a lot better and we weren’t turning the puck over in the neutral zone that much tonight. I know Otter would probably like to have those two goals back tonight but that’s a part of the playoffs and the team responded accordingly. If the Stars play like this up in Seattle for both games, we could be seeing an elimination game next Thursday night on our home ice.