Veteran Dallas Stars forward Travis Moen didn’t appear in a game in the first round series with the Minnesota Wild until the decisive Game 6, but his style of play could buy him a lot more ice time in the second round, as the Stars face a big, physical St. Louis Blues team.
“He's a good, heavy body, big body," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff, per the Dallas Morning News. “I thought he played really good in the nine or 10 minutes he played in Minnesota. He's proved effective when we've gone against the bigger, heavier teams.”
Moen put two shots on goal and blocked a shot in the Game 6 victory over the Wild.
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"My game hasn't changed since I broke into the league until now," Moen said. "It's play good defensively, cycle pucks down low and play playoff-style hockey."
That’s just what the Stars will need in a series in which they can’t really afford to make a lot of mistakes.
"I think we're going to be in a lot of real tight games. Sometimes it's not what you create, it's what you end up giving up," Ruff said. "You have to put the puck in the right place, you have to make sure that you don't hand the opposition some of the opportunities that allow them to either get back in a game or seal a game on you."