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The Dallas Stars Move On, The Nashville Predators Wonder What Went Wrong

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas News,

The playoffs are a minefield, scattered with ways to fail on the path to the Stanley Cup. There's off nights from goaltenders and more from power plays, a dominant top line or a dormant one. There are also ways to make heroes in the playoffs, the contributions from trade deadline acquisitions or from rookies, the games from third-liners and once-healthy scratches.

It's difficult and surprising and expectedly unpredictable, and this is how it's supposed to go.

On Monday, in the Stars' 2-1 overtime win in Game 6 over the Predators, there was a thriller after a heart-stopping third period and up-and-down extra frame, a gasp for air from Nashville via Pekka Rinne and a suffocation from Dallas and Ben Bishop.

Now, the Predators have been extinguished. A new challenge awaits the Stars later this week....

"We've had some good teams in here, but we haven't been able to show our stuff and get in those big moments because we haven't been in the playoffs," Stars forward Tyler Seguin said. "We had a lot of changes this year and a lot of uncomfortable conversations throughout the year. Guys came out of their comfort zones and that's what has made us a closer team, and that's why we won tonight."

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from Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean,

The sound of tape being ripped from pads was accompanied by silence and long faces.

In the end, the Predators were left shaking the Stars' hands and shaking their own heads. Their hearts broken abruptly deep in the heart of Texas.

A season that began with pomp and circumstance and banners and boundless expectations ended abruptly Monday night for the Predators with 2 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in overtime.

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Dallas Stars Advances To Round 2 To Face The St. Louis Blues

Dallas defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in OT.

Series winning goal from John Klingberg.

 

 

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Dallas Stars/Nashville Predators Series Tied 2-2

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas News,

In the delirium of the green-tinted, laser-spewing, euphoria-inducing American Airlines Center on Wednesday night, the Stars authored a story of redemption.

In their most important game of the season, a 5-1 win in Game 4 over Nashville that evened the first-round series at two games apiece, the Stars removed the doubt that followed them after Monday night's loss to the Predators.

Redemption called Ben Bishop's name. Bishop is the Stars No. 1 goaltender, and potentially the best one in the league, maligned by an uncharacteristically leaky performance Monday night when he surrendered two soft goals in an otherwise strong game from Dallas.

On Wednesday night, when coach Jim Montgomery showed faith in starting him again, Bishop responded with a 33-save victory. It was Bishop's return to the normally steady goalie he's been all year, when he led the league in save percentage and goals against average.

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A Bad Game By Ben Bishop

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas News,

Throughout the season, Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has represented stability for Dallas. He quelled slow starts and fortified strong finishes, kept the Stars afloat as they searched for offense and propelled them when it arrived. He was the team's best player and arguably the best goaltender in the league.

During Monday night's 3-2 loss in Game 3 to Nashville, Bishop's performance was uncharacteristically loose and abnormally messy, allowing three goals on 28 shots, including a pair of long-range shots from bad angles.

The loss put the Stars in a 2-1 series deficit with Game 4 on Wednesday night in Dallas.

"You know what, I don't know if we're playing if it's not for our goalies and especially Ben," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "Our players got to pick him up for how many times he's picked us up, right? Would Bish like to have some of those back? Yeah, but they constantly have traffic. You got to give Nashville credit. They're getting to that net-front and causing havoc."

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The Nashville Predators Drop Game 1 At Home To The Dallas Stars

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

It’s one game, on the first night of the Stanley Cup playoffs, a 3-2 loss Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena to a Dallas Stars team that played better and deserved to win. Just like Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas and Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay — the other losers on opening night — the Predators can do better than this. They should respond with appropriate desperation for Saturday’s Game 2 at Bridgestone, and if that produces the desired result then it will be the Stars seeking answers as the series heads to Dallas.

Yet it was awfully gloomy around the Predators after this one. More than you might expect after 60 minutes of postseason hockey, no matter how disappointing the hockey. Peter Laviolette used the word “quicker” five times to describe the Stars in their takeover stretch – the second period and the first half of the third, when they turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead – and he bristled at the suggestion that the Predators’ late push might offer some solace.

“We just lost the game 3-2,” Laviolette said. “We’re in our building. We came out the right way. And then we lost the way, we lost the game. So there’s nothing encouraging about tonight.”

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Video- Brian Boyle With The Hit Of Th Night

Ouch.

 

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Leafs Play Better But Can’t Score Against The Predators

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Needing some kind of answer following the ugliest four-game stretch of their season, the ill and injured Maple Leafs showed that they’re capable of playing an air-tight, playoff-friendly style of game.

Forget for a moment that they lost 3-0 to the Nashville Predators here on Tuesday. That’s very much secondary to getting their game into some kind of shape to match up with the Boston Bruins three weeks from now, and this was a forceful step in the right direction.

"I think we can be a lot more proud of the effort we had on defence and the opportunities we gave up," said Auston Matthews. "We definitely narrowed that down."

It was the second stingiest of 73 games this season — with just 20 shots and 13 scoring chances against (according to naturalstattrick.com). That’s bested only by a 19-shot, eight-chance game against Dallas all the way back on Nov. 1....

"I really liked our team tonight," said Babcock. "It would be a game you’d like to win because you thought the team put in the effort and did things right and stayed patient. To me, it’s just the process. If you do good things, good things happen.

"This was a real good step for us, especially after the week we just had."

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Austin Watson Reinstated

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 18, 2019) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been returned to available status and has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program.

Watson’s care continues to be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.

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Morning Line- Peter Laviolette

"We were chasing a game again, we can't keep chasing a game. We made a mistake on the first goal in the offensive zone and it came back and bit us. The second one goes in and all of a sudden shortly into a game you're down 2-0 . You can't play that way. You can do that once in a while and come back, but the percentages aren’t with you."

-Peter Laviolette, head coach of the Nashville Predators after a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.  Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean has more.

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Video- Your Opinion On The Game Winning Shootout Goal By Ryan Johansen

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