CEDAR PARK – Dustin Jeffrey hasn’t played much hockey in the past month.
Since playing in the Dallas Stars regular-season finale on April 13, the 26-year-old was a healthy scratch throughout the first-round of the NHL playoffs before joining the Texas Stars in time for Game 3 of the first-round against Oklahoma City.
After helping Texas complete the sweep, he had to wait eight days before playing his second AHL playoff game of the season when Texas opened the second round against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday.
He won’t have much of a wait for his next game with Game 2 on Saturday.
“I think its good,” Jeffrey said. “We want to win. For me it’s an opportunity to win a championship. And no matter what league you’re in, if you can come in and make a difference … I think you want to be apart of something special.”
Jeffrey took advantage of his ice time Thursday and was one of the best players on the ice.
Jeffrey scored a pair of goals, was good defensively, and was effective on the Stars fore-check with linemates Chris Mueller and Scott Glennie.
“He played well tonight and he capitalized on his chances,” Desjardins said. “You know we need that line playing well for us, and tonight they had a game.”
While Jeffrey was the first star, it was a whole team effort for the forward lines.
Texas rolled four lines for most of Game 1, with each of the top three lines scoring. The line fourth line of Matej Stransky, Radek Faksa, and Toby Petersen, didn’t score but still drew praise from Jeffrey, Travis Morin, and Desjardins after the game.