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The Dallas Stars “Played Their Hearts Out”

from Mike Heika at the Stars website,

The Stars left everything on the ice Sunday in Calgary.

And there's something noble to that.

Dallas overcame the losses of Luke Glendening, Roope Hintz and Radek Faksa to injury, and still was able to force overtime in Game 7 against the Calgary Flames before losing 3-2 on a perfect shot by Johnny Gaudreau. It was a heartbreaking way to go out in the first round of the playoffs, but it also was a proud performance by a proud team.

"Everyone played their hearts out," Stars coach Rick Bowness said. "As a coach, that's all you can ask. Your players give you everything they've got, and I'm proud of the effort they gave. I'm proud of the way we battled. They were a better team in the regular season, and they played well [on Sunday]. Give them credit."...

While the Flames were clearly the better team and finished with a 67-28 advantage in shots on goal (as well as a 134-59 edge in shot attempts), goalie Jake Oettinger was outstanding in keeping the game close. The 23-year-old in his first real playoff action, had a 1.81 goals-against average and .954 save percentage in the series. His save percentage is best in the NHL. His GAA ranks fourth.

"He played a hell of a game," Stars captain Jamie Benn said. "Haven't seen too many like that. If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have been close to overtime and having a chance to win."

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Oettinger was insane in this game. One of the best goaltending performances I have witnessed. Without him in net this game could easily have been a blowout win for Calgary halfway through regulation.

This series was also highly entertaining despite the lower scoring. Neither team slowed down one bit in game 7 overtime. I know Calgary fans had to be on edge being tied for so long despite controlling most of the game and wondering if they were ever going to get another shot past Oettinger.

Posted by evileye on 05/16/22 at 09:51 AM ET

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Oettinger was other-worldly.  I stayed up for this game to see if he could continue his stellar play - and boy did he! 

Utterly fabulous goaltending by this guy.  The Stars were very gallant in defeat.  Reminded me of a 1982 Michel Dion (Pittsburgh)  performance which *almost* interrupted the Islanders dynasty.  Reminded me of so many great goalies of the past. 

Like Florida in their series, I felt Calgary has not hit their stride yet.  Sometimes for the good teams- if you want to beat them - do so in Round 1.  Before they get their legs. 

But let me echo that Dallas has a # 1 goalie and his name is Jake Oettinger

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 05/16/22 at 11:14 AM ET

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Stars are screwed with Benn/ Seguin salaries.

Posted by pnwwing on 05/16/22 at 12:59 PM ET

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But let me echo that Dallas has a # 1 goalie and his name is Jake Oettinger

He was unbelievable. I was hoping Dallas would take out Calgary. sick

Posted by bigfrog on 05/16/22 at 07:28 PM ET

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Incredible performance by Oettinger.  It was going to take a sniper of a goal to beat him.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/16/22 at 09:48 PM ET

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