I think a lot of fans are happy that Pavelski and Sons are back together, especially after last night’s performance. The top line was absolutely noticeable in all three periods in the Dallas Stars 5-2 win over the Seattle Kraken. With the win, the Stars push the Kraken to the brink of elimination as the series goes back north to the Seattle Harbor.
Roope Hintz, Joe Pavelski, and even Jason Robertson ended up on the score sheet as they combined for eight points tonight. I think after last night that they should be together until Joe Pavelski decides to hang up the skates and retire unless there’s an injury to one of them. Let’s take a look at the three takeaways from the huge win last night.
Dallas Stars vs Seattle Kraken Recap: 3. Top-line stuff
As I mentioned above, Pavelski and Sons had their way with the Seattle Kraken in all aspects of the game tonight. Hintz was just amazing as he finished with another two-goal performance and tied Leon Draisaitl for most points in the playoffs this season. Even Robertson who has been very quiet this postseason finished with three assists on the night. After having such a hard time trying to score in the postseason, he has found a way to contribute.
Dallas Stars vs Seattle Kraken Recap: 2. Otter’s better
The AAC got loud with a minute left as the crowd started chanting “Otter’s better” which is similar to the chant “Eddie’s better” from the 90s. Jake Oettinger had the best game of this series last night as he helped the Stars defend from a very desperate Kraken team. He came up big for the Stars tonight as they needed this win to have the upper advantage on Saturday night. Can he pull out another show-stopping performance on Saturday night to eliminate the Kraken?
Dallas Stars vs Seattle Kraken Recap: 1. Thomas Harley should have been up sooner
Harley has made a huge difference after being called up to the Stars near the end of the season and I wonder why he wasn’t called up sooner. He had a brilliant assist on Hintz’s first goal of the game. Just watch him advance the puck up the ice in the highlight video below. He does it with such patience and poise that he looks like a seasoned veteran. I think the Stars could have won the Central Division if they called him up at the trade deadline this season.