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NHL - US Sports: Robertson shines for Stars

Coach Rick Bowness gave praise to forward Jason Robertson after he scored a second consecutive hat-trick in Dallas Stars' 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

The Stars, 28/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, have won four in a row with Robertson scoring seven goals, including another hat-trick against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

Class-leader already

Robertson, a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft, leads the Stars for goals (29) and is second for assists (25) and total points (54) behind veteran Joe Pavelski (59).

The 6'3" winger is in a second full NHL season, and after scoring 17 goals and 45 points in his debut season, was voted a finalist for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

Robertson's 28 assists and 30 even-strength points over 2020/21 led all NHL rookies.

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'Can't teach that'

Despite Robertson's break-out season, Dallas missed out on the playoffs last season after making the Stanley Cup Final the season before.

With a 31-20-3 record in the current campaign, they are back in post-season contention sitting fourth in the Central Division and currently being in possession of the first wild Card spot.

Bowness said to the media about Robertson: "Listen, he's a natural goal scorer. He's got a great touch around the net and he loves to score.

"His poise with the puck and where to put it and when to put it, you can't teach those instincts that he has. You just can't, and he has those natural instincts goal scorers have."

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