by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer, Dallas Stars
Jason Dickinson is a hockey player, so he likes to score goals.
Even empty-net goals.
So, yes, when Dickinson put the final touches on a 4-1 win Saturday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final with a shot from center ice into an open cage, it was a big deal.
It was his first in the playoffs, and first since Feb. 25 in the regular season — a stretch of 29 games and 207 days.
“Getting the goal is a huge relief, it weighs on your mind,” Dickinson said.That said, scoring is not the primary objective of the 25-year-old forward. He does his best work on the penalty kill and in shutting down the opposition’s best scorers – and the spotlight has been placed on that part of his job in recent games. When Radek Faksa went out with a hand injury in Game 3 against Vegas, Dickinson had to step up and take his place.
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