Dallas had their worst game of the playoffs on Monday, with just about everyone besides the goalkeeper Jake Oettinger Drop the ball, and the chore of getting everyone back to the same page will be important to coaches and players ahead of Wednesday’s game in Calgary. But including this dance is the fact that the younger star players need to find a way to adapt to the pressure of post-season.
Jason RobertsonFor example, he has one assist in four games with an average of 18:03. Robertson, who averaged more than one point per game during the regular season, was pushed out of the front row Joe Pavlesky And Rob Hintz. We’ll see if he’s reunited with this group in Game Five.
Denis Guryanov He played frugally in the third inning after being benched for a foul in an apparent effort that helped Calgary set up camp at the end of the ice for the stars. May receive a health scratch in game 5 in favor of Jacob Peterson.
All-Star coach Rick Bowness said there will be changes in the squad, but he didn’t say anything. Bottom line, the key to making team play better is to get people to play better first.
“I think they feel it, so you have to help them through that,” Bowness said of the younger players. “Older man, you can challenge your tone of voice and your words a bit more aggressively. But when you’re dealing with younger players and you can see that they’re sensitive, you just have to handle it carefully.”
Robertson said he knows he can play better, and he knows that level of intensity will be harder.
“It’s qualifying, I knew it was going to be more difficult,” he said. “I’m still trying to find places and get shots, but I have to do more for myself.”
Robertson was moved from the top line and Joel Kiviranta took his place. Guryanov can be a healthy scratcher. There is a lot going on, but players also have to solve their problems individually.
“It’s your first time,” Pavlesky said of Robertson. “We have a lot of confidence in Robo. He’s a smart, good kid with the puck and he has to have the confidence to play at this time of year. He’s a huge part of this team.”
Robertson said he has that responsibility.
“It’s going to be tighter, and there will be playoffs,” Robertson said. “All I can do now is re-watch what I did and have my teammates help me and the coaches tell me what to do better.”
Pavlesky said he remembers fighting during the occasional downturns in his career, and said that process still exists today.
“There’s a little slack or a low-grade streak going through and things are seen in certain ways,” he said of stress. “At the end of the day, it’s all about wins, so you have to find a way to help your team. Just keep working and trying to get through. The intensity you have to get from Game 1 to the end of a streak to succeed, cannot be underestimated.”
He added that while he can try to help his teammates, the process is something every player works through.
“If there are certain things that I see you need help with, we will definitely say two things,” Pavlesky said. “But sometimes you have to figure it out for yourself. Most of the time, all the way, it’s been said there before, and at the end of the day you’ve gone out there and figured out a way to get it over.”
Bowness said he understands the process. He trained for a long time and watched different players come up with different solutions. He said it’s something everyone is trying to figure out.
“We need some balance,” he said of scoring seven goals in four matches. “We’ve been struggling with it all year. But now that we’ve gotten to the nitty-gritty of the whole thing, it just increases the importance of getting more goals.”
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Mike Hicah He is a Senior Staff Writer at DallasStars.com and has covered the stars since 1994. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed.