The Dallas Stars won Game 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals 4-1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The keys to success were a good goalkeeper and secondary scoring.
It was not the stars of the stars like Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin or Alexander Radulov who made the goals, but players like Joel Hanley, Jamie Oleksiak, Joel Kiviranta and Jason Dikinson. Another proof of the excellent “secondary scoring” of the Texans in the 2020 play-offs. It all started with Hanley, who scored his first NHL goal: Kiviranta made the puck playable after a hard check against Braden Point, Roope Hintz took over behind the gate and served for Hanley, who took the measurements very carefully and pushed the puck into the left corner with the precision of a surgeon (6.).
Hanley scored his first goal in the eighth play-off game of his career. He is the first defender since 1991 and the fifth in NHL history to score his first career goal in a Stanley Cup final. “When Roope played me, I just picked a corner and shot as hard as possible,” said the 29-year-old describing his special moment.