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Video- The Jamie Benn Penalty In Overtime

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars website,

This has been a special teams series, and the Lightning are winning hands down.

Dallas is 1-for-14 on the power play so far. Tampa Bay is 6-for-15. The Lightning scored three times with the man advantage on Friday, the Stars went 0-for-3. That's a big reason why the Lightning took a huge 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"Our power play had a chance to end the game and they didn't get it done, simple as that," Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said of a 4-on-3 power play in overtime for Dallas.

Of course, the timing of the penalty on Benn is significant because of how it changed the series. Benn appears to never touch the skates of Tyler Johnson and just wrestled him to the ground, which would mean there was no tripping.

"I saw two guys going for a loose puck, their guy hooking our guy and our guy trying to fight through the hook," Bowness said. "There were two guys going for a loose puck. That's a hockey play. That's what I saw."

Joe Pavelski, who scored two goals in the game, said the penalty came at a frustrating time.

"Jamie breathes on him and the guy falls over," Pavelski said. "Whether that's the case or not, there's a little battle going on there. Playoffs, it's overtime, we expect 5 on 5. We expect to battle it out."


Watch the breakdown of the tripping penalty below.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Can Raise The Cup Saturday Night

TBL wing 5-4 in OT over the Dallas Stars.

Here is the GWG...


added 11:59pm, Game highlights are below.

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Open Post- Game 4 Of The Stanley Cup Final

The Dallas Stars should be a desperate team, not wanting to go down 3-1 in the series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The question for tonight is, can the Stars first line find their game tonight?

Remember, game 5 is Saturday night at 8:00pm ET.  You have to think the winner tonight will have the advantage tomorrow night.


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Video- Dallas/Tampa Mic’d Up For Game 3 SCF

3 1/2 minutes to watch.


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Dallas Defensemen In Survival Mode

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Dallas has proven this postseason that they can win in a variety of ways. The Stars proved capable in a high-flying, up-tempo second-round series against an Avalanche team with incredible offensive firepower. The Stars then faced a completely different animal in the Western Conference final. Vegas expectedly owned the puck all series long, hemming the Stars into the defensive zone on a regular basis. There, the Stars leaned on quality interior defence and white-hot goaltending from Anton Khudobin to advance.

Tampa Bay poses a different challenge. They have the individual shooting talent at the top of their lineup that compares well with the likes of Colorado, but they also can possess the puck for extended periods like Vegas. That’s why the Lightning have been regarded as the most talented team in the league for a few years now, and it’s tested Stars head coach Rick Bowness.

The most concerning of the issues facing Dallas is the fact that an exceptionally talented blueline has spent most of their time in this series surviving shifts. When you have stars like Miro Heiskanen and John Klingberg anchoring your top four (and really, your team), you need them dominating at both ends of the ice. But Heiskanen (playing with Jamie Oleksiak) and Klingberg (playing with Esa Lindell) have been bottled up all series long by Tampa Bay’s top-nine forwards, and the Bolts’ top line – the wondrous trio of Nikita KucherovBrayden Point and Ondrej Palat – has been running wild:


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An Overall Bad Game For The Dallas Stars

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

You find a style that works for you, and you ply that trade all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. You play the first two games against the powerhouse Tampa Bay Lightning and do pretty well, earning a split and giving the Bolts all they could handle in the loss.

Then Game 3 comes along, and there’s… nothing.

None of the responsible, stifling defensive play the Dallas Stars have trademarked, with their best players making some of the biggest gaffes.

After being that good for this long, where on earth does it go? Rick Bowness could only chuckle.

“That’s exactly what we were just talking about with the players,” the Dallas head coach said post-game, his Stars stinging from a 5-2 shellacking that leaves them in arrears in this Stanley Cup Final, two games to one....

Speaking of not happening, while each member of the Bolts top line had a goal and an assist Wednesday, Dallas’ top unit of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alex Radulov went pointless. Benn and Seguin have yet to collect a point in this Final, and Bowness was asked what he’s going to do to squeeze some offence out of his No. 1 line.

“That’s a good question,” he offered. “We’re giving them the ice time, getting them out there as much as we can. They’ve got to figure it out. It’s as simple as that.


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Open Post- Game 3 Stanley Cup Final

The Dallas Stars are the designated home team for the next two games which means they will have the last line change.

The Tampa Bay Lightning looked much better in game 2, will it carry over to game 3 tonight?

Comments are always welcomed.


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The Dallas Stars Could Really Use Tyler Seguin

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Technically, Tyler Seguin has been healthy for this entire post-season. You just wouldn’t know it by watching the games.

Seguin has two goals and eight points in 22 games. He has one assist in the past 12 games. The last time he scored was in Game 3 in the second round. That was almost a month ago.

Fifty-eight players in this year’s post-season have more points. Ninety-nine have more goals.

That includes Connor McDavid, whose team was eliminated in the qualification round after playing just four games. Including the round robin, Seguin has played four rounds.

Sure, Dallas will gladly take Seguin’s output over McDavid’s if it ends up leading to a Stanley Cup. But it’s hard to imagine the Stars winning three more games against the Lighting unless their leading scorer in the regular season can find a way to contribute more than he has already.


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Role Players Lead The Dallas Stars In Game 1 Of The SCF

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News,

The sport’s biggest stage — with the world’s most famous trophy hovering behind the benches as an untouchable temptation and the ultimate motivation — has the unique ability to make heroes out of anyone, to enshrine them into hockey and franchise lore for contributions on the elusive platform the Stanley Cup Final provides.

For decades before the Stars' 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, timely goals led to fabled status. Enter the unlikely trio of heroes on Saturday night: Joel Hanley, Jamie Oleksiak and Joel Kiviranta.

Each of them scored goals in Game 1, puncturing Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy thrice for just the second time in his last 10 games. Their goals made sure Anton Khudobin’s 35-save effort stood up, and gave the Stars a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Jason Dickinson added an empty-net goal in the waning minutes of the third period.

Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said “that’s what you need to win in the playoffs.”


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The Dallas Stars Take Game One Of The Stanley Cup Final

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Too many Joels, and not enough juice from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning looked like a team still tired from closing out their conference final just two days earlier, and the Dallas Stars took advantage with a 4-1 victory to take Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

It was two Stars named Joel — Kiviranta and Hanley — who did the damage, sandwiching goals around one by Jamie Oleksiak in the win. Yanni Gourde had the only tally for Tampa.

While Kiviranta continued his playoff emergence with his fifth goal, it was the little-known fill-in Hanley with not just his first playoff goal to open the scoring, but his first NHL goal — period.


Game highlights are below.

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