Dallas Stars Dominate Colorado Avalanche 5-1 in Game 4, Wyatt Johnston Shines

Dallas Stars Dominate Colorado Avalanche 5-1 in Game 4, Wyatt Johnston Shines

Denver, CO - May 13, 2024

In a stunning Game 4 performance, the Dallas Stars showcased their dominance against the Colorado Avalanche with a resounding 5-1 victory at Ball Arena on Monday. Wyatt Johnston emerged as a standout player, contributing two goals and an assist to push the Stars to a commanding position in the Western Conference Second Round series.

The Stars, now with three consecutive wins in the best-of-7 series, have set the stage for a crucial Game 5 in Dallas on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, to be broadcast on ESPN, SN, and TVAS.

Dallas coach Pete DeBoer acknowledged the significance of their lead but emphasized the challenges ahead. "It’s good, but we also know the final one is always the toughest to win, and we also know the opponent," DeBoer commented, anticipating a fierce response from the Avalanche in the upcoming game.

Before the game, the Avalanche faced a setback as forward Valeri Nichushkin entered Stage 3 of the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, leading to a suspension without pay for at least six months. Colorado coach Jared Bednar expressed support for Nichushkin's well-being while acknowledging the impact on the team.

The Stars' victory was fueled by a strong offensive display, with Miro Heiskanen adding a goal and two assists, Sam Steel contributing a goal and an assist, and Jason Robertson notching two assists. Goalie Jake Oettinger made 24 saves to secure the win.

Johnston, who celebrates his 21st birthday on Thursday, reflected on his journey to this moment. "It's been a crazy couple of years," Johnston remarked, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to play in the NHL playoffs and praising the teamwork that propelled the Stars to success.

The Avalanche struggled to find their rhythm throughout the game, with Bednar acknowledging their subpar performance. "We looked frozen in the first period," Bednar admitted, highlighting the team's sluggish start and lack of execution.

Despite the setback, Avalanche forward Jonathan Drouin expressed confidence in bouncing back for Game 5. "We beat them there this year. We beat them in the playoffs (in Game 1). So we have confidence in that," Drouin stated, emphasizing the need to simplify their game and focus on the next match.

The Stars' victory showcased their depth and determination, with coach DeBoer commending their unselfish play and team spirit. With Game 5 looming, both teams are gearing up for a decisive showdown as the series unfolds.