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On Joel Kiviranta, the unlikely playoff hero who remains an unknown in a hockey-mad country. Just ask the bartender at his neighbourhood pub.

Joel Kiviranta continued his playoff emergence while Anton Khudobin continued his march towards a Conn Smythe Trophy. @SportsnetSpec  has more after the Stars' Game 1 win over the Lightning.

The Stanley Cup can be about big stars shining bright. But it can also see unsung heroes steal the spotlight on the biggest stage. Step right up, Joel Hanley, Jamie Oleksiak and Joel Kiviranta. My Game 1 story from Edmonton: #wfp 

#GoStars get one late. Joel Kiviranta scores. Dallas is up 3-1 at the end of 2. Dallas has fresher legs. #StanleyCup  @NBCDFWSports 

5 things to know about Stars forward Joel Kiviranta, like the Finnish call of his series-clinching goal and his parents’ good timing

Per Stars coach Rick Bowness prior to Game 1: Bishop and Fedun both "unfit to play." Cogliano and Janmark both "game time decisions." And "it's a pretty good bet" that Game 7 hero Joel Kiviranta plays tonight for Dallas.

5 things to know about #GoStars  forward Joel Kiviranta, like the Finnish call of his series-clinching goal and his parents’ good timing

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An improbable triumph for an unlikely hero. Joel Kiviranta, the Dallas Stars' anonymous "Finn-derella," was the latest of his FI countrymen to find the spotlight thanks to a Game 7 hat trick. (via @SportsnetSpec )

Finnished them off: #GoStars  forward Joel Kiviranta started Game 7 as an injury replacement, but ended a playoff legend | @MDeFranks 

Joel Kiviranta sends the Stars through...completing the hat trick in OT - All Finish...in Finnish! (Sound on 🔊 🔊 🔊 👏👏👏)

Joel Kiviranta played in a grand total of 11 #NHL  games and two #StanleyCup  playoff games before being inserted today for injured forward Andrew Cogliano. Undrafted free agent with next to no playoff success in Finland. Game 7 hat trick with OT winner. I love hockey.

NOW THAT'S GOOD TIMING 🥳 Joel Kiviranta buries his first NHL goal on the rebound and pushes the Stars out to a 2-1 lead in the third period! #GoStars  | @DallasStars 

Joel Kiviranta gets his first NHL goal. Stars lead 2-1 in 3rd period.

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