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Monday, April 24, 2023
Sportsman of the Week Ending 4/23/2023
The first week of the Stanley Cup Playoffs were as chaotic as could be expected, no team (maybe besides the record-breaking Boston Bruins). No series ended up in a sweep with even the top teams per Conference battling for survival in the marathon for 16 wins. The Dallas Stars are positioned strongly for a run for the cup and needed a deep team effort to split the week 2-2. In their wins, they were led by an unexpected source, Roope Hintz, who was fourth on the team in points in the regular season. Hintz netted a hat trick in a crucial Game 2 win to at least gain the split headed north to Minnesota. He backed it up with a 3-assist effort in Game 4, again in a clutch series situation, to send the stars home tied with 2 of the next 3 in the Metroplex. Hintz's 4 goals are tops in the playoffs (through Sunday). His 8 points trail only Leon Draisaitl's 9 points but Hintz had the clutch. Can the Dallas Stars take the cup? We'll see what the Finnish Roope Hintz can do, but betting on him is a good idea.