Why the Stars don’t play more of their power play when the Stars are shorthanded
By DOUG BLEESBERG | Updated May 13, 2018 2:17:38Dallas Stars goalie Jhonas Enroth (4) is congratulated by goalie Antti Niemi (33) after stopping a shot from New Jersey Devils forward Matt Martin (8) during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, May 10, 2018, in Glendale, Arizona.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)When it comes to power plays, Dallas Stars goalie Anttije Johnson is one of the best in the league.
He was third in the NHL with 29.3 percent on the year and second with a .920 save percentage.
Johnson is a great goalie, but it was a big part of his success during his career.
“I don’t think there is a player in the game who does a better job in their own zone,” Johnson said of the power play.
It’s a game of mindset. “
When you play in the defensive zone, it’s almost a matter of your mindset and what you’re thinking.
It’s a game of mindset.
“So I’ve got to try to get it back to where it should be, and then hopefully it will help us out in our power play.””
It’s not just the powerplay that Johnson does a great job. “
So I’ve got to try to get it back to where it should be, and then hopefully it will help us out in our power play.”
It’s not just the powerplay that Johnson does a great job.
He’s been effective with a top-four role in all three zones of the ice, including his primary zone and the penalty kill.
The two zones have played well together, allowing Johnson to play with confidence and play a more offensive style.
“It’s good to have the puck down the middle,” Johnson told Stars beat writer Mark Stepneski of his ability to play in a top four role.
“In my first year I was a top five player in scoring.
I’m just going to try and do whatever I can to help the team win.””
As I get better and get into more games, I think I’ll be able to be that top four guy.
I’m just going to try and do whatever I can to help the team win.”
Johnson has been one of those players for a long time.
He made his NHL debut in 2011 with the New York Islanders, and has been with the Stars since then.
He has played at least 20 games in each of the last two seasons, and will be 33 on May 27.
The Dallas Stars need more power play offense from Johnson, and he knows it.
He knows it has been there for him for a while now, even if it hasn’t been in large numbers.
“Yeah, you know it, I know it,” Johnson, who signed a five-year, $28.75 million contract extension with the team in 2017, told NHL.com.
We just have to keep it going, because if we don’t, we’ll get out of here with nothing.”—Follow Doug Blesbie at https://twitter.com/Blesbies