canada africa partner reservation Kamloops product Stankoven shines for stars when the lights are brightest – Kamloops News

Kamloops product Stankoven shines for stars when the lights are brightest – Kamloops News

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Kamloops product Logan Stankoven scored his first two NHL playoff goals Saturday night in Denver to help his Dallas Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche and a 2-1 series lead.

The 21-year-old opened the scoring late in the first period and scored an empty-net goal late in the third.

“It’s always nice to contribute,” he said after the match.

“I did all the right things, but I couldn’t find the back of the net. There are always bumps in the road as a young guy in the league, so I’m just trying to find my way and earn the coach’s trust.”

It sounds like he might have it. The rookie from the Tournament Capital received a lot of praise after Saturday evening’s victory.

“You never know when the moment is too big for a young player, but he handled everything we threw at him – and excelled,” Dallas head coach Pete DeBoers said when asked about Stankoven’s play.

“He has improved every line he has played on. And let alone the scoring, his defensive details and his awareness and responsibility on the ice when he doesn’t have the puck is way beyond his years.”

Stankoven now has four points in 10 playoff games. He scored six goals and added eight assists for 14 points in 24 regular season games with the Stars following his call-up from the AHL in February.

DeBoers said the youngster is more of a “really good NHL player” than a rookie so far.

Stankoven, who captained the Kamloops Blazers to the Memorial Cup a year ago, said he learned a lot about how to deal with adversity during his first taste of the NHL postseason.

“Just staying calm, even in the last series when we lost 2-0 in Vegas, there’s no panic in the room and everyone trusts each other a little bit,” he said.

“So it’s nice to have a lot of experienced guys that you can lean on and learn from.”

Game 4 of the Stars’ second-round series against the Avalanche takes place Monday in Denver. Game 5 will be played Wednesday in Dallas.