It’s been a week since the Dallas Stars lost a heartbreaking game 7 thriller in overtime to the Calgary Flames. However, the Stars came that close to pulling off the biggest upset of the playoffs where nobody picked them to win. Furthermore, the record books have been updated. We of course are talking about Jake Oettinger’s brilliance in net.
Looking back at that seven game thriller with the Calgary Flames, the ice was heavily tilted for the guys in red. Jake Oettinger fa ced a grand total of 272 shots on goal. In seven games that’s an average of roughly 39 shots a game. 67 of them came in the series finale.
In the series loss Jake Oettinger set a franchise record with saves made in a playoff game. His save percentage in team history of .954 is second only to Ed Belfour’s .967 against the Edmonton Oilers in the second round. Oettinger’s game is where he expects it to be at.
“That’s the level of goaltending I expect from myself,” Oettinger said. “I think I can be a great goalie for a long time. I think I learned how fun the playoffs are. That’s what it’s all about is being in these situations and giving yourself an opportunity to win.”
As a sign of his brilliance in goal, Jake Oettinger is aware that he has the attention of not just the entire NHL but also opposing fan bases. Such as fans of the Flames chanting ‘Oett-in-ger’ in games five, and seven. Going back to his days playing NCAA hockey with the Boston University Terriers it isn’t new to him either.
“Playing college, it was like that pretty much every night, so I’m kind of used to it,” the 23-year-old goalie insisted. “It’s fun. Obviously, there’s a great crowd in Calgary and they’re going to do what they can to try to get under your skin or whatever, but it’s super fun. It’s the time of year you want to play, and those are the type of atmospheres I want to be in.”
For Jake Oettinger he will be entering his third season in the NHL this coming fall. His brilliance vs the Calgary Flames is one for the record books, and just the beginning of a promising career with the Dallas Stars. He also has a message for the rest of the NHL following his herculean performance throughout the entire series.
“I’ve never been more motivated than I am right now. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that I get this opportunity again and I’ll make sure I’m on the other side of it the next time.”
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