PK back on track: After killing 23 straight penalties at one point, the Stars penalty kill entered Thursday having allowed goals in each of the last four games. They went a perfect 3-for-3 against the Sharks, including a big four-minute kill after Radek Faksa was issued a double-minor for high-sticking.
“That’s the bounceback we wanted from the last game or so, two games,” Seguin said. “It was nice to see the PKers get rewarded tonight, especially that four-minuter with a power play like that. A lot of good things.”
The Stars penalty kill is now at 81.6 percent, and ranks 12th in the NHL.
Polak’s jump in minutes: Defenseman Roman Polak played 23:09 on Thursday night, a season-high and the most he’s played since March 16, 2017. Polak, signed as a seventh-defensemen in the offseason, has taken on more and more responsibility as defensemen continue to get hurt.
He’s jumped into the Stars’ top-four and has played alongside Miro Heiskanen for the last four games. Polak is a key member of the penalty kill and brings a physical element of the game that the rest of the defensive corps is lacking.
“He’s probably a microcosm of what we’re looking at,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “He scrapes, he battles, he claws, he kicks and that’s what we’re doing as a team right now.”
Polak recorded two hits and blocked two shots against the Sharks.
“I always had this role on the team,” Polak said. “If it’s here or St. Louis or Toronto, I just fill up the spot for everybody when they need me. So, I’m kind of used to it.”