Star center equals Gretzky’s achievement as Dallas drives the Avalanche to the verge

Wyatt Johnston celebrated turning 21 a day early on Monday night by pulling off a feat that has only been accomplished by Wayne Gretzky once.

In Game 4 of the Western Conference second-round series, Johnston scored twice for the Dallas Stars, one on a power play and the other on a shorthanded goal. The Dallas Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-1. The Stars now lead the series 3-1 after their victory at Ball Arena in Denver.

In the same Stanley Cup Playoff game, Johnston and Gretzky are the only players aged 20 or under to have scored a goal on the power play and a shorthanded goal.

Meanwhile, even before the game started, the Avalanche started receiving negative news. They found out only before the game that they would be missing two important players, one of whom would be gone for a while.

Right-wing After appearing in eight playoff games for Colorado, Valeri Nichushkin, who scored nine goals, returned to the NHL/NHLPA Players Assistance Program at Stage 3. Accordingly, he will be placed on paid leave without pay for a minimum of six months and be qualified to seek for reinstatement. In the regular season, he was a part of the program.

Due to illness, defenseman Devon Toews was unable to play in the game. Caleb Jones took Toews’ position in the starting lineup.

First-line left wing Jonathan Drouin, who suffered a lower-body injury in the final regular-season game, missed the first eight playoff games. However, he returned to the team.

It seems sense that the Avalanche were still taken aback by the first-round match, and it was evident. They were down just 1-0 at the end of the first period, despite being outshot 14-2.

With 4:23 remaining in the first quarter, Johnston scored the goal on a shorthanded play.

Johnston scored on his own rebound after initially robbing the Avalanche’s standout defenceman, Cale Makar, of the puck in the Avalanche zone.

At 5:46 in the second quarter, he added the power-play marker. Johnston hit a one-timer from the left circle’s bottom. It was his seventh post-season goal.

There were 8:36 remaining in the middle frame when defenseman Miro Heiskanen made it 3-0.

1:11 later, Casey Mittelstadt scored for Colorado. Next. 9:27 into the third quarter, Evgenii Dadonov made it 4-1 Dallas, and with 1:50 remaining, Sam Steel added an empty netter.

For the Stars, Jake Oettinger made 24 saves.

Due to an injury, Dallas center Roope Hintz exited the game in the second and did not come back.

Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET at the American Airlines Center in Dallas is Game 5.

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