May 14, 2024 - News

Pics du jour: Stars stay ahead, Mavericks series tied

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What did you do on the eve of your 21st birthday? Wyatt Johnston was cooking the competition in Colorado. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Dallas Stars continued to show they're the best NHL road team during last night's win over the best home team, the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

The latest: The Stars now lead their playoffs series against the Avs 3-1 and return home for Game 5 tomorrow.

  • Wyatt Johnston, who leads the team in goals, scored twice in the 5-1 win. Today is his 21st birthday. 🥳

Yes, but: Colorado was missing forward Valeri Nichushkin after he was suspended for six months before game start.

  • Nichushkin led the team in goals, with nine during the playoffs.
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Rookie Dereck Lively II has been a major hype man for the Mavericks, but he's also been grieving his mom's recent death. Photo: Tim Heitman/Getty Images

Meanwhile: The Mavs were doing really well last night, until they weren't.

  • Dallas was ahead most of the game, but Oklahoma City took over in the fourth quarter and stayed ahead through the final seconds. The Mavs' poor free throw record was a big factor in their 100-96 loss.
  • With the series tied 2-2, the teams head to Oklahoma City for Game 5 tomorrow.

What we're watching: PJ Washington, who's scored over 20 points in the last three games, and Dereck Lively II, who hypes up the team during games, are delightful to watch.

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