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Stars' 2 highest paid players are their best players, which is why they lost Game 1

Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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DALLAS — The head coach thinks it’s too early to “call guys out,” but when you have come this far to reach the Western Conference Finals, you don’t wait for Game 5.

The Dallas Stars are good enough to win the Stanley Cup this spring, but only if their best players play like it.

In Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Edmonton Oilers, the Stars top players were Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Typically, this should be a point of pride for two men on the wrong side of 30, and the two highest paid players on the roster.

And, if the Stars want to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, their best players need to be forward Jason Robertson and defenseman Miro Heiskanen. It’s not fair to throw Wyatt Johnston into this discussion because he looks no more than 9 years old, but his team needs him.

That trio didn’t do too much on Thursday night, and the Edmonton Oilers won Game 1, 3-2, in double overtime.

It is the seventh straight playoff series the Stars have lost Game 1. The Stars are now 3-5 at home this postseason. Lot to be said for consistency.

 

The Stars had their chances, blew most of them, and the Oilers were the better team. Game 2 is Saturday night in Dallas.

The Oilers won it 32 seconds into the second overtime when forward Conor McDavid redirected a shot from in front of the net past Stars goalie Jake Oettinger. The NHL reviewed the goal, for some reason; the goal stood, as it should.

“We played good enough to win the game,” Seguin said after the game. “Thought it was a great hockey game.”

He’s correct. It was a great hockey game.

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