Jason Robertson started this season with different expectations from his newcomer campaign. Instead of just staying in the NHL, he wanted to be one of the Stars ’top players.
After two goals and one entry point on Tuesday night’s 5-2 win over Detroit Red Wings, Robertson is well on track to meet his expectations. On the left side of second year, he now has nine points in eight games this season when he missed the first six points due to a shoulder injury.
He scored a round in the third set, giving the Stars a two-goal lead, and then ice the game with an empty goal. Robertson also picked up a secondary entry point for Ryan Suter’s first set finish.
Perhaps just as important as Robertson’s score on Tuesday was Stars coach Rick Bowness’s confidence in the 22-year-old. No Dallas striker played more than Robertson in the third period (7:19), and he was on the ice as the Red Wings pulled his goalkeeper as the Stars tried to defend their two-goal lead.
“We’ll be back now and I feel a little more confident, especially when we get the puck out when we’re a few goals away,” Robertson said. “Last year on the ice, I might have been a little careful, but this year I feel more confident I’ll get the puck out and Bones will trust me. I’m definitely taking the right step in that direction and I’m just a better pre-screener. We make the little details that make our lives successful and our teams successful. ”
While the Stars haven’t led much this season, Robertson will also be the most used Dallas striker when the Stars take the lead. He has played an average of 5:03 ice time per game with the Stars in the lead, almost a minute more than the next closest star (Riley Tufte 4:07, though has helped Dallas lead in his two NHL matches) and 89 seconds more than Michael Raffl.
“Good for his racket and all the little details of the game that you have to win and you have to be in this league and succeed,” Bowness said. – At the beginning of the year, he threw discs out of our area. Now he’s getting them off. There’s a big difference. “
Robertson was also the catalyst for Stars ’top line, scoring a total of three goals and two assists. The scorer for Roope Hintz was Joe Pavelski.
When the three of them were on the ice 5-5, the Stars had significant advantages in shots (17-11), shots (10-5), scores (10-6) and goals (2-0), according to the Natural Stat Trick.
“It gives you that confidence, you have that belief it’s going to be there,” Pavelski said. “Partly I think playing with a few really smart players, including a competitive player. If we are willing to work and support each other, we will create a lot of these opportunities. I think it shows. “
Robertson’s blank goal goal came from his own head after a tie, and it followed Dallas ’ball, with Robertson blocking two shots aimed at the yawning cage.
“It was kind of a fiasco,” Robertson said. – We played prey on their territory with an empty net. To be honest, I feel bad, we should have buried first. “
Another milestone for Pavelski: Pavelski played his career in the 1100th NHL on Tuesday night and was the fourth most active American player. Los Angeles ’Dustin Brown, Stars teammate Ryan Suter and Arizona’s Phil Kessel are the other three.
“It’s gone fast,” Pavelski said. “You come here and it’s gone fast. You’ll learn a lot along the way. There are a lot of great teammates out there who will teach you along the way. You’re just trying to play hard and be a good teammate, get something bounce along the way.
“We’re just playing a great game with a lot of great people. I’ve been lucky to be with many of them for a long time, and just enjoy coming to the ice rink.
Pavelski is two goals away from making his 400th NHL goal, and this is his 17th NHL season.
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