Unsung Faksa Puts Avs on the Brink

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Gerry Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re gonna go all the way, you’re gonna need a lot of heroes. And with Dallas pushing Colorado to the edge in their second-round series Sunday night, the Stars received a big performance from shutdown center Radek Faksa.

The big Czech contributed a goal and three points while also helping limit Avalanche superstar Nathan MacKinnon to just one assist in a pivotal 5-4 Dallas win that puts the Stars up 3-1 in the series. Faksa and his feisty linemates Andrew Cogliano and Blake Comeau took the opening faceoff for the Stars and immediately set the tone with their physical play. And having them kick off the game was certainly by design.