The Dallas Stars are officially in healing mode.
Injuries always seem to surface after a team’s season comes to an end, and let us tell you that the Stars were NOT an exception. We know Mats Zuccarello has been dealing with pain in his arm since breaking it in his first game with the Stars (talk about bad luck), and Mattias Janmark was in and out of the lineup after breaking his foot in February. But a player who stepped up big time for the Stars was apparently dealing with a nasty injury of his own.
According to The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro, 22-year-old forward Roope Hintz played through a broken foot in Game 7. The Finn still managed to log in 23:35 minutes of ice time in the contest.
Fans made sure to commend Hintz for playing through the pain.
Hintz likely endured the injury after blocking a Brayden Schenn shot in Dallas’ 4-1 loss last Sunday. After briefly leaving the game, he returned to action but was spotted rocking a walking boot afterward.
Hintz wasn’t the first, and wasn’t even the last player to grind through an injury in a Game 7. Colorado superstar Nathan MacKinnon was forced to temporarily leave the ice on Wednesday night against the Stars after awkwardly going into the boards, but was ultimately able to return. Guy’s a straight warrior.
We’re sure more injuries will surface as teams continue to get eliminated from the postseason.
(H/T Sean Shapiro)