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Two More Years For Andrej Sekera In Dallas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Andrej Sekera to a two-year contract, which will run through the 2021-22 season. The two-year contract is worth $3,000,000 and has an average annual value (AAV) of $1,500,000.

Sekera, 34, registered eight points (2-6=8) in 57 regular-season games in his first season with Dallas in 2019-20. He finished the season ranked second on the Stars with a +9 plus/minus rating. Sekera also ranked third on the team with 2:13 average shorthanded time on ice per game and ranked fourth with 75 blocked shots during the regular season. Additionally, Sekera appeared in all 27 of the Stars' games during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, earning one assist (0-1=1) and ranking third on the team with 38 blocked shots.

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Video- Mic’d Up Game 6 SCF

4 1/2 minutes long.

 

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Video- Top Saves From The Stanley Cup Final

Ten of them...

 

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Late Evening Line- Rick Bowness

"Anyone who's ever won a Cup will tell you that, if you win the Cup, you've got to be lucky and you've got to be healthy, that's why I'm proud of our players. They gave us everything they could. Was there enough in the tank tonight? No, there wasn't. But it's a credit to them. It's a credit to our players, with everything that we've been through, to get to Game 6."

-Rick Bowness, head coach of the Dallas Stars.  Tom Gulitti of NHL.com has more on the Stars.

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The Veterans Come Through For The Dallas Stars

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

In a game where the Stanley Cup was present and ready to be awarded, the 35-year-old Perry scored the first and last goals of the night, while the 36-year-old Pavelski sandwiched the game-tying goal in between with just 6:45 left in Dallas’ season.

The two ageing forwards have now scored the last six goals for Dallas, an incredible feat for two free agent pick-ups last summer who were acquired for leadership more than production.

“With how they’re playing I don’t know if you can call them old,” said Tyler Seguin. “They seem to have the best endurance of all of us.”.After the first overtime, where Dallas was credited with two shots — though one came on a shot from the other side of centre — the two vets took control of the Stars dressing room....

“The biggest switch for us tonight was those guys talking in the dressing room about having to go for this,” Seguin said. “We can’t be sitting back and hoping to win. That’s where you saw the change in the second overtime where we started going after them.”

“I forget who said it,” began Pavelski — and you know damned well it was him. “In the first overtime we … played a little bit not to win at times. Just safe. The talk was that we needed to go at them a bit.”

Safe. That has never been a word used to describe Perry, who still has those nifty hands from 2005, though by now his knees are more like a plate of linguini.

“You love him on your team,” began Stars head coach Rick Bowness. “I’ve coached against him long enough, and I know he’s a pain in the butt. But from the tops of the circles in and around their net, he is one tough guy to handle. He hangs on to the puck, he’s big, he’s strong, he’s got great reach… And he’s got great patience — very good at hanging on to it and waiting for something to happen.

“All the things that winners bring to the table, he brings to the table for us.”

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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."

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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.

Avails

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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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