June 12th, 2024

Stars head coach Pete DeBoer ‘optimistic’ defenceman Chris Tanev plays in Game 5

By The Canadian Press on May 31, 2024.

Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid competes for the puck against Dallas Stars defenceman Chris Tanev (3) during NHL playoff action, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Dallas. Stars head coach Pete DeBoer is "optimistic" Tanev will play in tonight's Game 5 of the NHL's Western Conference final against the Edmonton Oilers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Tony Gutierrez

Dallas Stars head coach Pete DeBoer is “optimistic” defenceman Chris Tanev will be available for tonight’s Game 5 of the NHL’s Western Conference final against the Edmonton Oilers.

The shutdown blueliner didn’t return after taking a shot off his right foot in the second period Wednesday.

Edmonton took that one 5-2 to even the best-of-seven series 2-2.

Tanev, who is listed as a game-time decision, is averaging 22 minutes 33 seconds of ice time in the playoffs.

The 34-year-old from Toronto was acquired in a deal with the Calgary Flames ahead of the March trade deadline.

Game 6 goes Sunday in Edmonton. Game 7, if necessary, would be Tuesday back in Dallas.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 31, 2024.

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