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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.

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Game highlights are below.

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Before The Puck Drops Tonight

via the NHL PR department,

Series Scenarios 
* Since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939, the team that has won Game 1 has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 76.3% of the time (61 of 80 series). Each of the last two champions have rebounded from a Game 1 loss before winning the Cup – Washington in 2018 and St. Louis in 2019.

* Teams that take a 1-0 lead in any best-of-seven series have an all-time series record of 490-221 (.689), including a 12-2 mark in 2020.

* Tampa Bay is 11-16 (.407) in Game 1 of best-of-seven series all time; Dallas is 31-25 (.554).

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Don’t Take The Dallas Stars Lightly

from Justin Bourne of Sportnset,

In theory, the Tampa Bay Lightning are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars. In theory.

Some other theories that I, and many other analysts, have had:

• The Colorado Avalanche are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars.

• The Vegas Golden Knights are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars.

And let’s be real, a number of people thought the Flames would get the better of the Stars, too. I wasn’t among them there, but I’m guilty of the first two. So, I’ll try to keep that in mind when going through just how lopsided this series looks, because it seems most of us are missing something about that group there under Rick Bowness. They certainly compete at a high level....

In the end, the Stars are a team that makes you beat them. They defend hard, and make you go through them. If you’re not at your best, the Stars just find ways to persevere. They seem motivated, with a number of veteran players who are just dying to break through and win the big one here. They aren’t the more talented team, but they are 18 skaters deep with a goalie playing well, so nothing comes easy against them. That’s a dangerous combination in hockey.

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