Jason Robertson and the Dallas Stars are headed to the seventh game in their NHL playoff series against the Seattle Kraken. They must win game 7 in order to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
The Stars were leading the series three games to two heading into game six on Saturday night. A win would have meant the team advanced, but the Kraken managed to pull out a 6-3 victory.
Robertson had one assist during Friday night’s loss, ESPN reports. Over the course of the series he has had five assists against the Kraken but no goals.
The 23-year-old’s performance during Game 5 on Thursday, May 11 was arguably his best of the series. He had three assists that game, helping propel the Stars to a 5-2 victory. He also drew a penalty for the team.
“The penalty that he drew was probably the best moment of the night for me because that’s what he’s doing when he’s playing well,” Dallas Stars coach Peter DeBoer told The Athletic. “When he’s scoring goals, he’s attacking those areas of the ice, and he’s either scoring or drawing penalties. So, that’s a great sign. Glad he got some points because I think it’s been coming, but I think his game is definitely heading in the right direction.”
His teammate Joe Pavelski believes Robertson just needs a little more confidence to get back to his best during the playoffs.
“The biggest thing is the confidence level. Just work for the next one. It’s coming, it’s coming. Just kind of speaking to yourself directly and not beating yourself up too much,” Pavelski said, according to The Athletic.
Game 7 will be in Dallas on Monday at the American Airlines Center.