<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - Stars Central]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usThu, 23 May 2019 06:15:50 -0500Thu, 23 May 2019 06:15:50 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Stars Sign Esa Lindell to $35M, 6-Year Deal]]>Thu, 16 May 2019 14:21:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1140019921.jpg

Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell has signed a $34.8 million, six-year contract that will run through the 2024-25 season.

The deal with an average value of $5.8 million per year was announced Thursday, a week before Lindell's 25th birthday. The 6-foot-3 Finn was a restricted free agent.

Lindell had a plus-14 rating and a team-high 161 blocked shots during the season for the Stars, who made it to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs before a Game 7 loss at St. Louis. He had 11 goals and 21 assists, and was second on the team with nearly 24 1/2 minutes per game on the ice.

A third-round pick by the Stars in the 2012 draft, Lindell has 24 goals and 53 assists with 412 blocked shots in 239 games.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Believe 2019 Playoffs Indicate Future Success]]>Thu, 09 May 2019 15:30:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Blues-050719.jpg

Less than 48 hours after the Stars season ended in a crushing Game 7 double overtime loss, Dallas players were already ready to talk about building on their second round playoff berth going forward.

"We should be setting our expectations higher now," said Stars center Tyler Seguin. "We've had excuses in the past, we've had people change, coaches change, and we've got the foundation, so let's keep going."

"It's tough when you're that close the Western Conference Finals and not being there," said Stars goalie Ben Bishop. "But for all the young guys to experience what it takes and how hard it is to get there and how doable it is, I think it's good and hopefully we can keep building."

A belief that the future for the Dallas Stars is very bright because the young players were able to get a taste of postseason action for the first time, but also because rookie Stars coach Jim Montgomery now has a season under his belt.

"Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, (Jason) Spezza, (John) Klingberg, (Ben) Bishop, when they embraced me, everybody else followed,” said Montgomery. "So I have got to thank them."

"It was upon the leaders and the other guys to believe in what he was throwing down," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We did that and found a winning formula and stuck with it."

A winning formula the Stars hope leads to more long playoff runs in seasons ahead.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars in Good Place Despite Season Finish]]>Wed, 08 May 2019 19:06:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars-Blues-Getty-050819.jpg

Goaltender Ben Bishop talked somberly about the end of the season. Defenseman John Klingberg described his emotions as pretty empty.

After a double-overtime loss in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals, it was hard for the Dallas Stars to reflect on just how far they had come in coach Jim Montgomery's first season and the positive effect it should have moving on to next season.

"Yeah, I'm sure it can," top-line center Tyler Seguin said, though the sting was still fresh after a 2-1 loss in St. Louis.

Bishop had a career-high 52 saves Tuesday night before a puck that ricocheted off the post and the back of his mask fell into the crease and was knocked into the net. That was right after captain Jaime Benn's wraparound attempt that came oh-so-close to being a series-clinching goal for the Stars.

"I know a lot of people wrote us off when it was the All-Star break, and we grew, and we overcame a lot of adversity. So there's a lot to like," Montgomery said. "I think that next year we're going to be able to start in a real good place because there's going to be a lot of familiarity starting next year."

The Stars will still have Bishop, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy that goes to the NHL's top goalie, along with Seguin, Benn and Klingberg. There are several young standouts as well, including 19-year-old defenseman Miro Heiskanen and fast-skating 22-year-old forward Roope Hintz.

Heiskanen and Hintz will no longer be NHL rookies next season, and neither will their coach. Montgomery led the University of Denver to an NCAA championship in 2017 and also was part of a title as a college player.

Montgomery was the third coach in three seasons for the Stars, following grizzled and veterans Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff with their differing philosophies.

There were plenty of adjustments and acquaintances to be made with another new coach, and things didn't always go smoothly at first.

Right after Christmas, long-time team executive Jim Lites profanely ripped high-priced forwards Seguin and Benn about their play. Then in January, Montgomery called out his team over a "culture of mediocrity."

All those feelings have certainly changed after a season that unexpectedly stretched into May, when their 95th game was the longest of the season at 3 hours, 49 minutes. They went to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, when they also lost to the Blues in Game 7 of a second-round series.

"I appreciate how much we grew together as a group, and the effort and sacrifice that they put together," Montgomery said. "We're only going to be better because of this playoff run. That's for sure, we are. The valuable experience that some of our young players got in their first year, and some of the guys that hadn't been to the playoffs ... It's a good building block for next year."

SEGUIN STAYING
Seguin, a five-time All-Star at 27, would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer if he hadn't signed a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension last September. That deal through 2026-27 starts next season. He was not named to the All-Star Game for the first time since 2014, but Seguin still matched his career high with 47 assists and his 80 points were the most since 84 in his Dallas debut. He had four goals and seven assists in the playoffs.

STAYING SECOND
The Stars acquired forward Mats Zuccarello on Feb. 23 from the New York Rangers for a conditional second-round draft pick in this year's draft. That would have become a first-round pick had Dallas beaten St. Louis and made it to the Western Conference finals. That deal also included a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 draft. That could still become a first-rounder if Zuccarello, a 31-year-old center who is about to become an unrestricted free agent, re-signs with the Stars. Zuccarello had four goals and seven assists in 13 playoff games.

IMPRESSIVE DEBUTS
Before a goal and an assist in his first NHL playoff game, Heiskanen had four game-winning goals while playing all 82 regular season games. He led NHL rookie defensemen with 12 goals and 23 minutes per game, and also had 21 assists. Hintz had five goals and 16 blocked shots while playing 16 minutes a game in the playoffs. Montgomery called him the best forward in the finale.

"He's going to be a great player for us for a long time," Montgomery said.

FREE AGENCY
Veteran forward Jason Spezza and defensemen Ben Lovejoy, Roman Polak, and Marc Methot join Zuccarello as potential unrestricted free agents. Forwards Mattias Janmark, Brett Ritchie and Jason Dickinson, will be restricted free agents, along with defenseman Esa Lindell.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Newy: Stars Need to Bring Back Zuccarello]]>Wed, 08 May 2019 19:05:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+ON+STARS_2019-05-08-18-37-53.jpg

The Stars enter the offseason after they were eliminated in double overtime by the St. Louis Blues in a thrilling Game 7 on Tuesday night. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs tells you which player Dallas needs to bring back next year.]]>
<![CDATA[Maroon's OT Goal Lifts Blues Past Stars in Game 7]]>Tue, 07 May 2019 23:33:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Stars-AP_19128151273608.jpg

Pat Maroon scored 5:50 into the second overtime, Jordan Binnington made 29 saves and the St. Louis Blues outlasted the Dallas Stars 2-1 in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series Tuesday night.

Maroon slammed the puck in after Robert Thomas skated in on Ben Bishop from the right wing. It was the second game-winning goal of the series for the 31-year-old St. Louis native.

Vince Dunn also scored for St. Louis, which will face the winner of the San Jose-Colorado series in the conference final.

Ben Bishop made 52 saves and Mats Zuccarello scored for Dallas, which dropped to 5-8 in Game 7s in franchise history.

St. Louis will face the winner of Colorado and San Jose, who play Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NBCSN.



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<![CDATA[Blues, Stars Meet Again in Game 7 for Spot in West Finals]]>Tue, 07 May 2019 19:21:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-11471612601.jpg

The Blues and Stars are set for Game 7 in a second-round series again, three years after St. Louis dominated a winner-take-all matchup in Dallas for a spot in the Western Conference finals.

Deja vu or ancient history?

Maybe a little of both for Alex Pietrangelo and company, who won 6-1 after going up 3-0 in the first period in 2016 to clinch the only trip to the West finals for either franchise in the past decade.

"A lot of different players on these teams, different makeup, different coaches," Pietrangelo said after a 4-1 win in Dallas that forced Tuesday night's deciding game . "Some of this helps because we've been through a few of these before. We've got some guys that are ready, who have been through this."

The biggest difference is the site: St. Louis, after the Blues recovered from having the NHL's fewest points on Jan. 2 and are already the only team to win a playoff series after carrying that lowly distinction at the start of a calendar year. The Blues finished third in the Central Division, with the Stars six points behind in the first wild-card spot.

"Best out of one," said forward Mats Zuccarello, a trade deadline addition for Dallas this season. "We've got to be excited about it. It's going to be fun. It's always fun to play Game 7s in the Stanley Cup playoffs."

It won't be deja vu for Stars coach Jim Montgomery, a rookie making the rare jump from the college coaching ranks and two years removed from winning an NCAA title at the University of Denver.

"When I was a little kid, every time I played street hockey or I played in my basement with my cousin, it was always Game 7 every time," Montgomery said. "I'm excited."

Montgomery said goaltender Ben Bishop was fine after taking a puck to the shoulder on a hard shot from Colton Parayko that sent the goalie sprawling to the ice as Alexander Steen gathered the long carom and had his shot redirected into the net by Jaden Schwartz over the still-prone Bishop.

The decisive sequence helped turn a one-goal lead into a three-goal cushion with less than 12 minutes left when Sammy Blais scored on a breakaway 33 seconds later. Montgomery pulled Bishop after the Blais goal, giving Anton Khodobin his first action of the postseason. But the coach left little doubt Bishop would be back in net.

"We have confidence in both our goalies," defenseman John Klingberg said.

Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 11 points in the playoffs (four goals, seven assists) after signing a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension before the season. Three years ago, the high-scoring forward missed all but one of Dallas' 13 playoff games because of Achilles tendon and calf issues. He missed the entire St. Louis series.

The biggest Dallas contributors in the 2016 playoffs were captain Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza, who was a healthy scratch late in the regular season and early in the playoffs before tallying three goals against the Blues.

Klingberg was the emerging star for Dallas at the blue line three years ago, a distinction that now belongs to 19-year-old Miro Heiskanen. Alexander Radulov and Zuccarello are the most productive veterans who weren't with the Stars the last time they saw the Blues in the playoffs.

Schwartz, who entered the day tied for second in the NHL with eight goals this postseason, and Pietrangelo were double-digit playoff scorers then for the Blues, and again now. Vladimir Tarasenko is probably the most notable holdover, with Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron among the key veterans who were elsewhere in 2016.

Parayko was a rookie back then along with Robby Fabbri, who led first-year players in the 2016 playoffs with 15 points, tying Tarasenko for the team lead. Fabbri has struggled with knee injuries since and been in and out of the lineup this postseason.

Bishop was last in the playoffs three years ago -- with Tampa Bay. The Blues have a rookie goalie in Jordan Binnington, who has been a big part of the team's turnaround.

Both goalies have been better on the road than at home in the playoffs, and both teams have more road wins than home victories in the postseason. So the biggest difference from three years -- the venue change -- doesn't figure to matter much.

"Nothing's a gimme," said Blues coach Craig Berube, who replaced the fired Mike Yeo in November after a rough start. "It doesn't matter if they had success or not there already. Game 7s are Game 7s. You have to put it all on the line and be ready to go. We will be."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Spirit - May 8, 2019]]>Wed, 08 May 2019 16:41:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Parker+Stars+Fan.jpg

Parker, Karen and Cooper were featured during the Stars Spirit segment on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Jerry Jones on Stars Playoff Run: 'I'm Rooting for Them']]>Tue, 07 May 2019 17:43:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JERRY+JONES+ON+STARS_2019-05-07-17-15-25.jpg

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he is rooting for the Dallas Stars as they prepare for Game 7 against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Bishop to Start Game 7 Against Blues]]>Mon, 06 May 2019 18:24:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+practice+050619.jpg

The Dallas Stars will have their starting goaltender between the pipes in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday night against the Blues.

Ben Bishop's health was in question after he stopped a shot with his collarbone on Sunday in Game 6. But the 6-foot-7-inch netminder was in good spirits at the airport Monday

"(The puck to the collarbone) wasn't scary," Bishop said. "It just hurt, but it's just one of those things. It comes with the position."

Bishop and his teammates boarded a plane for St. Louis shortly after 1 pm. Their mission: to win their biggest game of the season, on the road.

"You know it's us against the world and you band together as a group and you band together as a team and I think that's what we need to do," forward Andrew Cogliano said. "This is a great moment for a lot of guys on our team."

"It's a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs," Stars head coach Jim Montgomery said. "Let's go embrace this, you know this is what legends are made of, so go out there and play your game, fulfill it, help us win a hockey game."

This will be the first time Montgomery will behind on the bench for a decisive game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But as a kid growing up in Montreal, he was involved in plenty of imaginary "Game 7s" in his driveway.

"Always won. Always won," Montgomery said. "I always scored the goal too. My cousin always lost."

We'll find out Tuesday night if Montgomery can keep his unblemished record in tact.



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<![CDATA[Show Your Stars Spirit!]]>Tue, 07 May 2019 18:41:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-050719.jpgNBC 5 viewers shared their photos supporting the Dallas Stars in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.]]><![CDATA[Stars Spirit - 6 p.m. on May 7, 2019]]>Tue, 07 May 2019 18:44:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-050719.jpg

Crew and Cannon as well as Jennifer and Sam were featured during the Stars Spirit segment on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Spirit - 5 p.m. on May 7, 2019]]>Tue, 07 May 2019 18:29:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Spirit+5p.jpg

Natalie, Aaron, Kathy, Mark and Julie were featured during the Stars Spirit segment on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
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<![CDATA[Stars Spirit - 4 p.m. on May 7, 2019]]>Tue, 07 May 2019 18:46:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Spirit+2.jpg

Lexi, Austin, Carolina and William were featured during the Stars Spirit segment on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

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<![CDATA[Montgomery, Benn on Stars' Game 6 Loss]]>Sun, 05 May 2019 22:35:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jamie+Benn+050519.jpg

Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery and captain Jamie Benn react to the team's Game 6 loss to the St. Louis Blues and look ahead to Tuesday's deciding Game 7.

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<![CDATA[Blues Force Game 7 With 4-1 Win Over Stars, Stunned Bishop]]>Sun, 05 May 2019 22:54:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars9.jpg

Jaden Schwartz and Sammy Blais scored in a 33-second span of the third period for St. Louis that knocked Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop out of the game, and the Blues beat the Stars 4-1 on Sunday to force Game 7 in the second-round Western Conference semifinal series.

Schwartz scored to make it 3-1 with 13:23 left when he redirected Alexander Steen's shot. Steen had gathered the puck outside the right circle after Colton Parayko's shot deflected off Bishop's left shoulder and knocked the stunned goalie to the ice.

Bishop was tended to by a trainer and initially stayed in the game, but a switch was made soon after when Blais, playing his first postseason game, got a slap shot past him.

Alex Pietrangelo, their captain, scored only 63 second into the game and David Perron also had a goal for the Blues, who will be on home ice for the deciding game Tuesday night.

The Central Division rivals also went to a Game 7 when they met in the second round three years ago. That series finale was played in Dallas, where the Blues scored three times in the first period and went on to a 6-1 win.

St. Louis rookie goalie Jordan Binnington stopped 22 shots, allowing only a power play goal to Tyler Seguin in the first period.

Bishop, who came into the game with a .936 save percentage in the playoffs, stopped 16 of 20 shots. Anton Khodobin had five saves in the final 12 minutes in his first action this postseason.

The two quick goals by St. Louis came right after Dallas couldn't score with Binnington sprawled on the ice.

Perron put the Blues ahead to stay at 2-1 when he reached around defenseman John Klingberg to score in what was otherwise a somewhat pedestrian second period.

Oskar Sundqvist skated deep into the right circle and passed back across the front of net. Perron, with Klingberg between him and Bishop, reached his stick around the defender to poke the puck in for his third goal of the playoffs.

The Stars' 23 shots matched their fewest in the playoffs. Their goal came with 8:25 left in the first period when Mats Zuccarello made a pass from the top of the right circle and Seguin's shot got under Binnington and trickled past the line to make it 1-1.

NOTES
St. Louis is 5-1 on the road in the playoffs, their most wins away from home in a single postseason. ... The Blues are 29-41 when facing elimination in best-of-seven series, 11-26 on the road. Dallas dropped to 25-20 in potential clinchers, 13-7 at home. ... It was 11 years ago Sunday that Dallas finished a four-overtime win in Game 6 over San Jose (the game started on May 4, but ended after midnight on the May 5) to wrap up that second-round series. That had been the last time the Stars clinched a playoff series at home before their Game 6 win over Nashville in the first round this year.

UP NEXT
The deciding Game 7 is Tuesday night in St. Louis.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Blues Still Desperate and Trailing Stars Going into Game 6]]>Sun, 05 May 2019 16:21:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

   The St. Louis Blues have been playing desperate hockey all of 2019 -- since being in last place at the start of January and making an incredible comeback to make the playoffs.

   Now they are trailing in the postseason for the first time, down 3-2 in their second-round series against the Dallas Stars, and have to win consecutive games to advance to the Western Conference finals.

   "It's no different, all year, ever since Jan. 1 we've had to climb and we've faced adversity," Blues center Brayden Schenn said.

   "Win or you go home. Simple as that," center Jaden Schwartz said. "The desperation level needs to be higher than it's ever been."

   Actually, it would be win and go home for a chance to advance.

   But St. Louis first has to win Game 6 in Dallas on Sunday (3 p.m EDT, NBC). It is the only NHL playoff game on the schedule for the day since Carolina has already wrapped up a four-game sweep of the New York Islanders in their series.

   The Stars took the series lead with their 2-1 road win Friday night. They will now try to repeat what they did in the opening round, when they won three games in a row to close out that series with a Game 6 win at home.

   "The series becomes more determined and we've become more determined as a group," said Dallas veteran center Jason Spezza, who has goals in consecutive games . "You sense the importance of the games, and we've made good adjustments. ... It's just a matter of staying in the present."

   Before their Game 6 clincher in the first round against Nashville on April 22, the Stars hadn't won a playoff series on home ice since 2008 -- the last time they made it to the Western Conference finals.

   John Klingberg scored the game-winner 17 minutes into overtime to close out the Predators, in a game the defenseman said Stars players treated like a Game 7.

   While that might not necessarily be the approach of their rookie NHL coach, Montgomery knows that clincher could benefit them now.

   "We go into every game trying to have a great start and worry about staying in the moment in that game," he said Saturday. "I think the experience of having that Game 6 ... I think that's going to help us be better for tomorrow."

   Except for a bad flub when trying to clear a puck in the third period, a mistake Schwartz quickly converted into a goal, Stars goalie Ben Bishop was spectacular again in Game 5 against the Blues. The Vezina Trophy finalist stopped 38 shots and his .936 save percentage this postseason is a tick better than his franchise-record .934 save percentage in the regular season.

   "He's been our brick wall back there," Montgomery said, making it clear that the 6-foot-7 goaltender was the difference in taking the series lead.

   "I didn't think we were on top of our game, and we're going to have to be better if we're going to have success on Sunday," the coach said. "We have to be better as a team. We can't rely on Bish as much as we did (in Game 5)."

   The Blues are 4-1 on the road this postseason, winning their first four away from home before losing Game 4 on Wednesday in Dallas.

   With Bishop on the back end, the Stars are 29 of 31 on penalty kills this postseason. Nashville failed to get a goal on any of its 15 power plays, and St. Louis is only 2 of 16.

   "The PK's been doing well," Bishop said. "We know they're probably going to have their best game the next one so we've got to be ready and guys are doing what it takes, sacrificing blocked shots and good communication. We've just got to continue with it."

   The Stars overcame an early 1-0 deficit to win Game 4, when they had four consecutive goals. It's the only game between the two teams this season -- four in the regular season, and five in the playoffs -- there has been a lead change.

   But the Blues have outshot Dallas 27-10 in the third period combined the last two games, and have a goal in each of those periods.

   "Our last two third periods have been good," Schenn said. "Obviously we're playing from behind and we're pushing hard, but we've got to bring that mentality into the first period the next game."



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<![CDATA[Stars Win Game 5 Against Blues; Lead Series 3-2]]>Sat, 04 May 2019 01:07:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1141037200.jpg

Jason Spezza scored and Ben Bishop made 38 saves as the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 Friday night to take a 3-2 lead int heir Western Conference semifinal series.

Esa Lindell also scored for the Stars, who can advance with a win in Game 6 at home on Sunday.

Jaden Schwartz scored and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for the Blues, including stops on three breakaways in the first 4:08 of the second period to keep it a one-goal game at the time.

Spezza gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 2:42 of the first, burying a one-timer from Tyler Seguin. The goal extended Spezza's points streak to three games and he's scored in the last two.

Lindell made it 2-0 with a backhand from the high slot at 6:13 of the second. It was Lindell's first goal of the postseason.

Bishop made a couple of saves during a Blues power play in the second and stopped quality chances from Brayden Schenn and Robert Thomas in the first. But Bishop's giveaway at 8:26 of the third put the puck right on Schwartz's stick, setting him up for a one-timer that pulled the Blues within one.

Bishop redeemed himself late in the third, stretching to get his pad on a point-blank chance for Oskar Sundqvist.

The Blues went 0 for 4 on the power play, giving up several quality short-handed chances to the Stars. The third power play at the end of the second was so futile that it drew hearty boos from the 18,542 at Enterprise Center.

NOTES: The Blues' defense entered the game with 26 points, third in the league behind Carolina and San Jose (27 points each). ... Stars F Mats Zuccarello snapped a career-high four-game postseason points streak. ... Blues D Alex Pietrangelo had points in four of his previous five games and is fourth on the franchise list for career points for a defenseman with 35.

UP NEXT

Game 6 is Sunday at Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Stars Switch Top Lines and Beat Blues to Even Series 2-2]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 23:34:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars-celebrate-Getty-050119.jpg

Rookie Roope Hintz scored his fifth goal of the playoffs, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov each had two assists and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Wednesday night to even the second-round series at two games each.

Rookie coach Jim Montgomery made a significant change by switching up his top two lines, and the move paid off for Dallas. Seguin skated on a line with Jason Dickinson and Mats Zuccarello. That put Hintz, instead of Seguin, with Radulov and captain Jaime Benn.

Dickinson, Jason Spezza and John Klingberg also scored for the Stars, who were down 1-0 only five minutes into the game. Zuccarello also had two assists, giving him six in the series.

Vladimir Tarasenko had a power-play goal for the Blues, who lost for the first time in their five road games this postseason.

The Western Conference semifinal series returns to St. Louis for Game 5 on Friday night.

Dallas went up 4-1 late in the second period when Radulov and Benn assisted Hintz's third goal of the series.

About halfway through the second period, Dickinson forced a turnover at center ice. Zuccarello got the puck to Seguin, who made a cross-ice pass to Klingberg, whose sniper shot whizzed to the left of rookie goalie Jordan Binnington and into the net.

Binnington stopped 27 shots, including a backhander by Andrew Cogliano, a breakaway by Miro Heiskanen and another charge by the Dickinson-Seguin line on shifts before Klingberg's second goal of the playoffs -- he had the overtime winner in Game 6 against Nashville that clinched the first-round series.

Ben Bishop didn't appear shielded when Tarasenko's fifth goal of the playoffs glanced off the Dallas goalie's left arm and into the net.

Ryan O'Reilly assisted on both of St. Louis' goals, including the one by 19-year-old center Robert Thomas in the third period.

Bishop finished with 27 saves.

Dallas tied it at 1 with 8:38 left in the first period. Zuccarello took a shot that went left of the net and ricocheted off the board. Seguin kept the puck free, and got it to Dickinson, who was falling down in the crease when he scored his third goal of the playoffs. Dickinson, who had only six goals during the regular season, was then on his belly when he celebrated with his arms motioning in what looked like a reverse snow angel.

Spezza scored on a power play in the final minute of the first period to put Dallas up 2-1, when Binnington was shielded by one of his teammates. It was the first lead change between the two teams all season -- in this series and during the regular season when the Stars won three of the four meetings.

NOTES
At the end of the second period, Benn poked his stick at Binnington, who reacted with a forearm to the head of the Stars captain. Benn was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, while Binnington was given penalties for roughing and slashing. Dallas started the third period on the power play, but didn't score. That came about a minute after David Perron hacked Bishop in his back behind the Stars net without a penalty. ... Perron had a shot in the second period that hit the left post.

UP NEXT
Game 5 is Friday night in St. Louis, where the Blues are 2-3 this postseason.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Ready for Crucial Game 4 Against Blues]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 18:36:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONEY+STARS+GAME+4+PREVIEW_2019-05-01-18-31-02.jpg

The Stars know they can't afford to go down 3-1 in their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Blues. NBC 5's Pat Doney previews a crucial Game 4 from the American Airlines Center.]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Not Panicking After Game 3 Loss to Blues]]>Thu, 02 May 2019 15:23:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1139729336.jpg

The Dallas Stars find themselves in the same situation they were in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, down 2-1 in the series going into Game 4 at home.

Dallas came back against Nashville with three wins in a row to wrap up that series in six games.

"The team knows how to respond," said Stars top-line center Tyler Seguin.

While the Stars have been good on special teams, with a power play goal and a short-hander in Game 3, St. Louis outscored them 4-1 in 5-5 situations on Monday night and has a 7-3 advantage in the series at full strength.

Stars coach Jim Montgomery knows "5-on-5 is how you're going to win in the playoffs, and that's the area of the game that we need to improve upon."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Kenny Albert Sizes Up Game 4 Between the Blues and Stars]]>Tue, 30 Apr 2019 21:58:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Paul+Jones+and+Kenny+Albert+043019.jpg

NBC Sports Network play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert, who is calling the action for the Dallas Stars’ second round playoff series against St. Louis, visits with NBC 5’s Paul Jones ahead of Game 4 in the best-of-seven series.

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<![CDATA[Stars Not Panicking After Game 3 Loss to Blues]]>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 22:59:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney+Game+3+Web+Hit_2019-04-29-22-55-21.jpg

The Stars showed resilience but ultimately dropped Game 3 to the Blues on Monday night. NBC 5’s Pat Doney explains why Dallas is not panicking despite being down 2-1 in the Stanley Cup playoff series.]]>
<![CDATA[Blues Prevail in Wild 3rd to Beat Stars for 2-1 Series Lead]]>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 22:48:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/St.-Louis-Blues-Getty-042919.jpg

Pat Maroon flicked a puck over Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop with 1:38 left in a wild third period, and the St. Louis Blues won 4-3 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.

Maroon's second goal of the playoffs came after he gathered the puck to the left of Bishop and scored. That ended a span of just under 5 1/2 minutes when both teams scored two goals.

Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo scored his first goal of the playoffs, after going without a goal in his last 17 games in the regular season, with 5:36 left for a 3-2 lead. His one-timer coming right after the end of a Blues power play during which Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal to tie the game 1:18 earlier.

The Stars got even again at 3-3 on Tyler Seguin's goal that was his first point in this series.

Jaden Schwartz and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who are still undefeated on the road this postseason after winning all three games at Winnipeg in the first-round series they won in six games. All four of the road wins have been by one goal.

Jay Bouwmeester assisted on both St. Louis goals in the third period.

Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington had 28 saves.

Bishop, who grew up in St. Louis, was drafted by the Blues and made his NHL debut for them in 2008, stopped 29 shots.

UP NEXT
Game 4 is Wednesday night in Dallas, before the series shifts back to St. Louis.



Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Return Home for Important Game 3]]>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 17:11:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONEY+STARS+GAME+3+PREVIEW_2019-04-29-16-57-32.jpg

The Dallas Stars are ready for the puck to drop for a crucial game three against the St. Louis Blues. NBC 5’s Pat Doney previews the Stanley Cup playoff matchup from the American Airlines Center.]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Shop Ready for Fan Demand]]>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 07:46:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/11a+p-ll+stars+team+sho_KXASL6OF_2019-04-29-07-44-02.jpg

Fans are gearing up to support the Dallas Stars as the team moves through playoffs. Reporter Ben Russell stopped by the shop.

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<![CDATA[Stars, Blues Find Way With New Coaches, Go Into Game 3 Even]]>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 17:20:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Roope.jpg

Jim Montgomery is a rookie NHL coach with a championship background.

With Montgomery, their third coach in three seasons after grizzled and somewhat different veterans Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff, the Dallas Stars have gained home-ice advantage in the second round of their Western Conference playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.

"Monty's been awesome this year. He's really put everything together," Stars top-line center Tyler Seguin said. "We kind of had an offensive coach (Ruff), then we had a really defensive coach (Hitch). It took us a while to figure out what our identity was."

The Stars and Blues certainly both found their way with new coaches this season, with St. Louis surging under interim coach Craig Berube since he took over in the 20th game of the season.

After the Stars won 4-2 in Game 2 to earn a split of the first two games played in St. Louis, Game 3 of the second-round series is Monday in Dallas (8 p.m. EDT, NBCSN). It is the only game on the NHL playoff schedule that night.

Things are getting a bit chippy between the familiar rivals -- Hitchcock coached both teams, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong used to have that same role in Dallas and Stars goalie Ben Bishop grew up in the St. Louis area before being drafted by the Blues and making his NHL debut for them.

"Playoffs tend to get chippy. It's about holding your composure and finding the right times to do what you want to do," Blues goalie Jordan Binnington said. "Yeah, it's heating up here in round two."

There was a 72-second span in the first period of Game 2 on Saturday with three goals scored (two for Dallas) while skating 4-on-4 during concurrent roughing penalties against both teams.

St. Louis was 0-for-5 on power plays, including twice with two-skater advantages. The Blues had a 5-on-3 for 24 seconds in the first period, and had a 6-on-4 for nearly a minute late after pulling Binnington off the ice for an extra skater while on the power play.

"We ended up with the puck on the faceoff with the power play, we made a bad play and gave it back to them. Get the puck, get set up, we can get our goalie out a lot quicker there, and we'll get the 6-on-4 with more time," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "It's going to be tight (series). We're both teams that play good defensive hockey, goalies are playing well. Our power play could have helped us ... that might have made the difference in the game."

Montgomery made the jump from college to the NHL last offseason after five seasons at the University of Denver, including a national title two years ago. He was part of a national championship as a college player at Maine in 1993. Before Denver, he was head coach and general manager for Dubuque of the United States Hockey League in a three-year season run that included two USHL titles.

Berube became interim coach for the Blues on Nov. 19, replacing fired coach Mike Yeo after a 7-9-3 start. They finished the regular season 38-19-6, including a franchise-record 11-game winning streak snapped by Dallas in February, and beat the Winnipeg Jets in six games to open the playoffs.

This is the second time Berube has led a team to the playoffs after taking over as interim coach. But the 2013-14 Philadelphia Flyers didn't make it past the first round.

While not quite as drastic as the in-season turnaround by St. Louis, the Stars had a five-game winning streak that bridged the All-Star break and avoided a late-season collapse like last year that kept them out of the playoffs. In a four-game stretch through Canada late this season, they picked up seven of a possible eight points.

"We trusted the process. It took awhile," Benn said. "We figured out what our identity was kind of around the All-Star break ... we haven't looked back and been playing some good hockey."

SOLO SHIFT

For only the second day since the NHL playoffs started April 10, there is only one game to watch Monday.

The only previous day without multiple games was last Wednesday, when Carolina beat Washington in double-overtime Game 7 to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

After Monday, there is the chance for multiple games every day through at least May 8, depending on how many games are needed for each second-round series.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Prepare for Game 3 vs. Blues]]>Sun, 28 Apr 2019 17:24:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Practice.jpg

The Stars are back home after evening their best-of-seven playoff series with the Blues. St. Louis learning just how tough Dallas is in a 4-2 defeat in Game 2.

"They kind of see that resiliency we've had," said Stars' forward Jason Dickinson. "We don't get discouraged. We don't stop anything. We keep playing the same way and we stick to our game plan and we'll make it hard for any team, any night."

Three first period goals were huge on Saturday. So was the excellent work in the net by goaltender Ben Bishop who bounced back nicely after a sub-par performance in the series opener.

"It's a great feeling," said Bishop. "You always want to come home with a win under your belt so it's nice to get that done (Saturday) and obviously get ready for (Monday)."

The Stars snagged home ice advantage in the early going of Round 1 against Nashville, but promptly gave it right back in Game 3. That's something they're hoping to avoid Monday night against the Blues.

"This is an opportunity and a huge one at that," said Dickinson. "We got to be ready to play from the drop of the puck in Game 3 and not let it slip away from us."

Stars' defenseman John Klingberg adding, "We know how good Blues are and they're going to be desperate coming into our rink as much as we were desperate in their building and so just trying to get better for every game here and no matter what the score is, if we just keep to our system, we know we're going to win games."

And along the way, win fans, fans who are coming out more and more to cheer on the "Guys in Green." Saturday's watch party at Victory Plaza getting Tyler Seguin's attention.

"I said 'Excuse me. In Dallas?' I mean looked like Maple Leafs Square in Toronto, my hometown. It was incredible to see" said Seguin.

Support for the Stars that will continue to grow with each playoff win.

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<![CDATA[Hintz Scores 2 Goals, Stars Beat Blues to Tie Series]]>Sat, 27 Apr 2019 20:10:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Roope.jpg

Dallas goalie Ben Bishop rebounded -- at his hometown team's expense.

Bishop made 32 saves, Roope Hintz scored twice and the Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 in Game 2 to even the Western Conference semifinal series.

Bishop grew up in St. Louis and often attended Blues games. He recalled chanting Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ed Belfour's name as a teenager in the stands. St. Louis fans did the same thing to Bishop on Saturday, screaming his name to try and throw him off his game.

"It's pretty crazy," Bishop said. "I was that kid screaming Belfour's name and then you're on the ice and they're screaming your name. Never in a million years when I was watching playoff games as a kid here that I'd be in the net playing against the Blues. Obviously, it's kind of cool."

Miro Heiskanen and Mattias Janmark also scored for the Stars.

Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko scored for St. Louis, and Jordan Binnington made 31 saves. The Blues had won three straight.

Game 3 is Monday night in Dallas.

Bishop bounced back after allowing three goals on 20 shots in a 3-2 loss in Game 1 on Thursday night.

"It's a long season, there's going to be shots you want to have back," Bishop said. "Every game is a new game, that's the way I've done it in my career."

Dallas scored three times in the opening 14:51 before Bishop took over.

Hintz, who added an empty-net-net goal with 3 seconds left, converted on a pass from Mats Zuccarello at 7:11. Heiskanen scored on a give-and-go with Hintz just over six minutes later.

The Blues answered 46 seconds later on Parayko's drive from the top of the circle.

Dallas needed just 26 seconds to restore the two-goal lead, with Janmark scoring off Jason Dickinson's pass.

Schwartz tipped in a shot from Parayko just 1:48 into the third. Schwartz has a team-high five goals in the first two rounds.

Bishop improved to 11-3 when coming off a loss in the playoffs.

"I've been pulled, I've given up six (goals), it happens," Bishop said. "That's the cool thing about the playoffs. You forget and move on."

Bishop made big saves on Ryan O'Reilly and Oskar Sundqvist in the third period. Bishop used his arm to clear a shot from David Perron that hit the boards and bounced behind him in the second.

"We knew Bishop would be great," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. "He's been great for us all year and he's a Vezina (Trophy) finalist because of it. He's our brick wall back there."

Hintz scored nine goals in 58 regular-season games before his breakout performance.

"He's calm," Zuccarello said. "It's like he's played 100 playoff games."

The Finn leads all rookies in playoff scoring with four goals and three assists.

"We were skating and getting pucks deep," Hintz said. "We're confident now, and it's good."

The Blues came out flat in the first period and never fully recovered, according to Schwartz.

"Our puck-play wasn't as sharp as it usually is," said Schwartz, who had a game-high six shots. "And they took advantage. We did a good job coming back. But that was a lapse we couldn't have."

St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube said his team wasted too many good chances. The Blues were 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

"Our power play could have helped us tonight, it didn't," Berube said. "That might have made the difference in the game."

NOTES
The series is the 14th between the teams. St. Louis has won seven. Dallas holds a 38-37 advantage in games. ... The Stars have killed 21 of 22 penalties in the playoffs. ... Binnington allowed two goals or fewer in his previous four games.

UP NEXT
Game 3 is Monday night in Dallas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Earn Split in St. Louis]]>Sat, 27 Apr 2019 20:09:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pat+Stars+Web+042719_2019-04-27-20-08-23.jpg

The Dallas Stars split the first two games of the Western Conference semifinal series against the St. Louis Blues and return to Dallas for Game 3 Monday.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Fever - April 26, 2019]]>Fri, 26 Apr 2019 16:56:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/stars-fever-042619.jpg

Elizabeth and Rebecca share how they cheer on the Dallas Stars with their husbands.
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<![CDATA[Blues Beat Stars 3-2 in Game 1]]>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:43:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1139360251.jpg

Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Thursday night in first game of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series.

Robby Fabbri also scored and Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for the Blues, who had lost three of four to Dallas during the regular season.

It was Tarasenko's seventh career multi-goal game in the postseason, tying him with Bernie Federko for second-most in franchise history.

Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn scored for the Stars. Ben Bishop made 17 saves.

Game 2 will be Saturday in St. Louis, before the series moves to Dallas for the third and fourth games of the best-of-seven series.

Tarasenko's power-play goal with 1:57 left in the second broke a 1-1 tie. It was the first power-play goal in 17 chances allowed by the Stars this postseason.

Tarasenko gave the Blues a 3-1 lead at the 3:51 mark of the third period, skating by defenseman Miro Heiskanen and beating Bishop with a shot into the top left corner.

Benn's power-play goal with 2:17 left cut the Stars' deficit to one, but they couldn't get the equalizer.

Binnington made the lead stand up, by making a tough save on Spezza during a Dallas power play and a sprawling save to rob Roope Hintz midway through the third.

Fabbri gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 5:57 of the first, beating Bishop between the legs from the right circle for his first goal of the playoffs. It was his first goal in 25 games, dating to Nov. 23, 2018.

Spezza tied the game midway through the second period, burying a one-timer on a pass from John Klingberg. It was his first goal in 23 games and his first in the playoffs since May 9, 2016, at St. Louis.

FACES IN THE CROWD

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who has become a fixture at Blues home games, brought teammates Dexter Fowler, Michael Wacha and Dominic Leone to the game.

NOTES: This series marks the 14th time the Blues and Stars have met in the postseason, with St. Louis holding a 7-6 edge. . Bishop grew up in St. Louis and was originally drafted by the Blues in the third round (85th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. . The Blues' power play ranked 10th in the league (21.1%) during the regular season, while the Stars power play was 11th (21%). . Nine Blues players scored at least one goal, and 15 of the team's 20 skaters had at least one point in the first round.

UP NEXT

Game two in St. Louis on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Round 2 Schedule Set]]>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:10:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Dallas-Stars-Getty-042219.jpg

The Stars will open the second round of the NHL playoffs Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in St. Louis, the team tweeted Tuesday night.

Dallas beat the Nashville Predators four games to two in the first round, winning Game 6 on a John Klingberg overtime goal. The Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets four games to two, behind a Jaden Schwartz Game 6 hat trick.

The Stars' Ben Bishop was one of the top goaltenders in the first round, ranking second among playoff teams with a .945 save percentage and tied for second in goals against average (1.90). St. Louis netminder Jordan Binnington ranked seventh in goals against average (2.63) and saved 90.8% of the shots he faced.

As for top offensive players on both sides, Dallas' Alexander Radulov has the highest plus-minus of anyone in the playoffs at +7. The Blues' Alex Pietrangelo is tied for second among postseason players with six assists.

The full series schedule is below.

Game 1: Thursday, April 25, 8:30 p.m., at St. Louis, NBCSN

Game 2: Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m., at St. Louis, NBC 5

Game 3: Monday, April 29, 7 p.m., at Dallas, NBCSN

Game 4: Wednesday, May 1, 8:30 p.m., at Dallas, NBCSN

Game 5: Friday, May 3, 8:30 p.m., at St. Louis, NBCSN

Game 6: Sunday, May 5, TBD, at Dallas, TBD

Game 7: Tuesday, May 7, TBD, at St. Louis, TBD

Italics denotes if necessary.



Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Embracing Playoff Intensity Going into Blues Series ]]>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:04:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6p+v-tz2-sports_KXASL50V_2019-04-24-17-24-42.jpg

After an impressive first round playoff series win against the Nashville Predators, the Dallas Stars enter the second round of the NHL postseason against the St. Louis Blues feeling as confident as ever. Then again, so is their opponent.

"They've been the hottest team in the NHL since January," said Stars center Tyler Seguin. "They're really good and we’re looking forward to that challenge."

"If you're in this position, you're playing good hockey right now," said Stars goalie Ben Bishop. "We're really happy with how we're playing and we just have to continue it."

Dallas is trying to continue its postseason run into the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2008, trying to navigate through the very noticeable high intensity that comes with playoff hockey.

"That's the best thing about playoff hockey," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "Every little play is important. That's what makes it so exciting."

"The intensity is like 10 times higher," said Stars coach Jim Montgomery. "Every game in the series, the pace and the purpose and the intensity and how hard guys play just grows."

And the Stars hope their growing at that same pace, hoping to set the tone in the second round series in game one Thursday night at 8:30pm.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Viewers Have Stars Fever]]>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:12:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Fever+042419.jpg

Brittany and Michael are ready for the Stars' second round series against the St. Louis Blues, while Todd has a bubble hockey game that features players in uniforms of the two teams.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 5 Viewers Have Stars Fever]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:17:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-fever-042319.jpg

Kelli's pups, Justice and Jeter are so excited about the Dallas Stars winning on Monday and are just waiting for the second round against the St. Louis Blues.]]>
<![CDATA[Turnabout for Stars, Blues Complete With 2nd-Round Showdown]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:07:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars-AP_19113154480535.jpg

When first-year Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery called out his team over a "culture of mediocrity" in January, the St. Louis Blues weren't too far removed from having the worst record in the NHL.

Now the Central Division rivals will meet in the second round of the playoffs -- and Montgomery is ready to move on from his scathing critique, while declaring that the culture has changed.

"If you're in that locker room, you see the culture now," Montgomery after the Stars beat Nashville 2-1 in overtime in Game 6 on Monday to finish off the first-round series. "You see how much more professional we are. We work efficiently. We work effectively. And we work together.

"We're going to be eight of 31 teams left, right? We're doing something right. But we hope not to be done. But we know we're facing a really good team next, again."

The Blues went from having a league-worst 34 points on Jan. 2 to becoming the first team that was last in the NHL at the beginning of the calendar year to advance in the postseason.

Montgomery's blunt assessment came after a 3-1 loss to St. Louis when the Blues were beginning to dig out of their hole. The Dallas turnaround started a week later with the beginning of a five-game winning streak that bridged the All-Star break.

A year after collapsing late in the regular season with an eight-game losing streak that started with six straight losses on the road, the Stars picked up seven of eight possible points on a four-game Canadian swing late in the season to all but wrap up their first playoff berth in three years.

That most recent playoff trip in 2016 ended with a Game 7 loss in the second round to the Blues in Dallas.

"We had a lot of changes this year and a lot of uncomfortable conversations throughout the year," said Tyler Seguin, the high-scoring forward who was injured when the Blues and Stars met three years ago. "Guys came out of their comfort zones and that's made us a closer team and that's why we're here tonight."

The last rookie coach to win his first playoff series was Dale Hunter with Washington seven years ago. And Montgomery is the second Stars coach to do it, following Dave Tippett in 2003.

An NCAA championship winner at the University of Denver two years ago, Montgomery was also the third coach in three seasons for the Stars. He followed Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock, who returned to Dallas and missed the 2018 playoffs, 19 years after leading the franchise to its only Stanley Cup title.

"I think the journey through the year toughens you up, hopefully," Montgomery said. "And it definitely did for us. You have to face adversity to get better as a group, especially when it's your first time together. And we have. And the trust has grown."

Ben Bishop, a Vezina Trophy finalist who had a playoff career-high 47 saves to finish off the Predators, will be facing his hometown team, and the one that drafted him 14 years ago.

"I've been trying not to think about it, obviously trying to worry about this series," Bishop said. "It kind of gets a smile."

The Blues and Stars were the lower seeds in their first-round matchups. St. Louis beat Winnipeg, also in six games. If Vegas wins Game 7 at San Jose in the remaining first-round Western Conference series Tuesday night, all four lower seeds will have advanced.

"If you look around the league, I think everyone who gets into the playoffs has a really good chance to go win," said John Klingberg, who scored the clincher 17:02 into overtime . "You see a lot of top seed teams that are out right now."

A couple of weeks before Montgomery's frustration boiled over, Seguin and captain Jamie Benn were profanely ripped by CEO Jim Lites. The longtime team executive also used words such as "terrible" and "embarrassing" to describe the play of the high-priced forwards.

The concern for Lites, who said he was echoing the frustration of owner Tom Gaglardi, was that the Stars would end up in danger of missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. Instead, they wrapped up a series on home ice for the first time since 2008.

"We are very excited about this, and you can tell the crowd is too," Klingberg said. "We've been playing some good hockey here at the end. It's going to be a quick turnaround here. We all know how the Blues are playing, how good they are."

Neither team was saying that when the calendar turned to 2019.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Tony Gutierrez/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Recap: Dallas Stars Advance Next Round]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:17:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Paul_Stars_Game_6_Win_Recap_for_Web.jpg

The Stars will play St. Louis in the second round of these playoffs, just as they did in their previous postseason appearance three years ago.]]>
<![CDATA[Klingberg, Bishop Push Stars Over Preds to Advance]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:17:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Bishop-Getty-042219.jpg

With a chance to clinch a playoff series at home for the first time in 11 years, the Dallas Stars needed overtime again. They didn't need quite as many this time, and won't have to go back to Music City.

John Klingberg scored from the left circle 17:02 into overtime after a cross-ice pass from Alexander Radulov, and the Stars beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 to wrap up their first-round Western Conference playoff series in six games.

"We wanted to close it out today and don't have to deal with going back there," said Klingberg, whose first goal of the playoffs came after five assists in the series. "We treated it like a Game 7."

The last time the Stars clinched a playoff series on home ice was in 2008, when they needed four overtimes for a 2-1 win over San Jose in a second-round series.

"To do it in overtime in that fashion, what an exciting time for our fans," Stars captain Jamie Benn said. "They were loud and brought a lot of extra energy for us in overtime."

The Stars, with rookie coach Jim Montgomery, won three consecutive games to close out the Predators. Dallas will play St. Louis in the second round of the playoffs, just like its previous postseason appearance three years ago. The Blues, who have home-ice advantage this time, won that 2016 series with a Game 7 win in Dallas.

Ben Bishop, Vezina Trophy finalist, had a playoff career-high 47 saves for the Stars.

"Obviously our best player once again is Bish. He's just keeping us in the game," Klingberg said.

"We slowly, second period, third period and overtime got better and better," Montgomery said. "Obviously our best player was Bish. He was incredible."

Pekka Rinne, who won the Vezina Trophy last year as the NHL's top goalie, also set a career best by stopping 49 shots in his 89th career playoff game. That included an impressive pad save on Benn's shot just more than five minutes into the overtime period, when the Stars had a 14-8 advantage on shots.

"It's tough. It's a tough pill to swallow," Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said. "We came in here obviously wanting to take the series back to Nashville, and I thought we gave ourselves a great opportunity to do that."

Blake Comeau scored his first playoff goal for the Stars, tying the game at 1-1 in the second period. But he also had a tripping penalty with 1:53 left in regulation that put Nashville on the power play.

The Predators stuck to the series script and didn't score a goal. They didn't even get a shot on goal before the third period ended, or when finishing the final seconds with a man advantage to start overtime.

They were 0 for 4 on the power play in Game 6, and finished 0 for 15 in the series. They were the only one of the 16 teams that made the playoffs that didn't have a power-play goal in the postseason.

"I don't have that answer right now," coach Peter Laviolette said.

"Even tonight, we had a lot of chances on the power play," defenseman Roman Josi said. "If we get a goal there, it's a different game."

Nashville had only one shot in the last nine minutes of regulation, and that doesn't count Calle Jarnkrok's shot at an angle over Bishop that ricocheted off the crossbar .

Colton Sissons had a breakaway for Nashville with about 11 minutes left that was denied by Bishop, just before Comeau and Andrew Cogliano had swipes against Rinne.

Austin Watson scored a goal for Nashville in the first period.

Dallas tied the game at 1 almost 5 1/2 minutes into the second period when Radek Faksa poked a puck away from Nashville and started skating the other way. Faksa then fed back to Comeau, skating through the slot for a wicked wrist shot into left side of the net.

That was right after Nashville's second line, now with Rocco Grimaldi, had three point-blank shots in 10 seconds turned away by Bishop.

With a team-high three goals in the series, the 5-foot-7 Grimaldi was moved up from the fourth line to the second line in the most significant lineup switch made by Laviolette going into the elimination game.

Rinne had glove saves on second-period shots by Tyler Seguin and Benn, who combined for 11 of their 23 shots the first two periods.

Dallas has some early giveaways, and a second one early by Jason Spezza that led to Nashville's goal.

Subban took a shot from high above the right circle, the puck hitting Brian Boyle in a crowd in front of Bishop and then knocked in by Watson for his first goal of the playoffs.

NOTES: Dallas is 31-40 in playoff overtime games, 1-1 in this series. Nashville, which failed to get out of the first round for the first time in four years, won Game 2 in overtime and is 8-9 in such games. ... Nashville's top line of Ryan Johansen, Viktor Arvidsson and Forsberg finished the series with a combined two goals and two assists. The No. 1 Stars line of Benn, Seguin and Radulov finished with seven goals and 11 assists. ... Dallas got two shots by Rinne that hit the post. In the opening seconds of the third period, Esa Lindell's ricocheted off the bottom of the post and back into play. Benn had a shot midway through the first period that hit higher on the same post and bounced up in the air, and Rinne somehow got his stick on the puck and knocked it away.

UP NEXT

Dallas will play St. Louis in the second round of the playoffs.



Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Look to Eliminate Predators in Game 6]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 17:36:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Paul+Jones+042219.jpg

The Dallas Stars look to eliminate the Nashville Predators in Game 6 Monday night at the American Airlines Center. If the Stars win, it would be just their second playoff series win in the last 11 years.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Stanley Cup Stops By NBC 5 Today]]>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:14:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stanley_cup_in_studio_042219.jpg

The famous Stanley Cup and its keeper, Howie Borrow, joined NBC 5 Today Monday morning as the Dallas Stars advance in the playoffs.]]>
<![CDATA[Jones: History Says Game 5 Win Bodes Well for Stars]]>Sat, 20 Apr 2019 20:40:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Paul_Stars_Game_5_Win_for_Web.jpg

The Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 Saturday afternoon to take a 3-2 series lead. NBC 5's Paul Jones says that bodes well for the Stars chances to advance in the postseason.]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Push Predators to Edge of Elimination With 5-3 Win]]>Sat, 20 Apr 2019 20:42:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alexander-Radulov-Getty-042019.jpg

The young Dallas Stars have blossomed this postseason, and now their top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov are showing just how much damage they can do together.

The combination has put the West's first wild card a win away from reaching the second round.

Radulov scored two goals in the second period and the Stars beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Saturday to push the Western Conference's No. 2 seed to the brink of elimination.

The Stars now lead this best-of-seven series 3-2 over the two-time defending Central Division champs. Dallas will have a chance Monday night at home in Game 6 to join Colorado and Columbus as the latest lower seed coming through in the opening round.

"I think we keep getting better, and we have to keep getting better," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. "The next one's the hardest one because it's the potential to end someone's season. That's the challenge in front of us now."

Jason Dickinson also scored twice, Seguin had a goal and an assist, and Benn matched the NHL playoff record for most assists in a single period with three in the second. The Stars also scored at least five goals in back-to-back playoff games for the ninth time in franchise history, the first since Games 3 and 4 of the 1991 conference finals when this team was still in Minnesota.

Ben Bishop, named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy during the game, made 30 saves for the win.

"It's a great honor," Bishop said of being a finalist. "As much as it is an individual award, it's a team thing. The guys have done a great job in front of me all season."

Rocco Grimaldi, Ryan Johansen and Kyle Turris scored for Nashville. The Predators lost back-to-back playoff games for the first time since Games 5 and 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said his Predators have been in these situations before.

"They've answered the bell," Laviolette said. "They'll answer the bell in Game 6 and we'll bring it back here."

Laviolette got forward Brian Boyle back after missing the past three games with an appendectomy and mixed up his lines. Nashville struggled too much with sloppy play including 19 giveaways.

Credit Dallas' top line for making the Predators pay for those mistakes. Seguin, Benn and Radulov took 16 of the Stars' 26 shots, and the trio was responsible for all three goals in the second. Montgomery said Benn was banging his stick wanting more ice time for the line, and Seguin said that line is all about work and will.

"Obviously, we have the skill and talent there," Seguin said. "When we're working hard, we're happy to go up against anybody. They're a good team. They had some good pushbacks tonight. I think goalie still played really good, especially early on. It's going to be a really hard game to try and win on home ice."

Grimaldi has been Nashville's most surprising scorer in this series, and he gave them a 1-0 lead at 6:25 with a wrister over Bishop's glove. Then Rinne came through with a pair of dazzling saves while on his back 70 seconds later, stopping a backhander from Radulov with his left leg and then a shot from Benn with his left.

Dickinson tied it up for Dallas at 13:08 of the first, beating Rinne with a wrister for his first goal this postseason.

The Stars seized control in the second.

The Predators failed to clear the puck after winning a faceoff, and Seguin passed to Radulov who scored his third this series into an open net with Rinne at the far post just 40 seconds into the second period for a 2-1 lead. Radulov gave Dallas a 3-1 lead with a goal from the slot off a backhanded pass from Benn at 7:41 with the Stars fully in control. Benn beat Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis to the puck to pass to Radulov.

"It's a race for the puck and you just want to do whatever you can to get that puck," Benn said. "I heard those guys calling behind me way before I had the puck because they always want the puck. I just found a way to get it to Rads there and he made a great shot."

Johansen scored his first goal this postseason at 9:18 off a pass from Filip Forsberg. Dallas simply made it a 4-2 lead as the Stars caught Nashville in a line change, and Benn passed to Seguin in the slot who slid the puck under Rinne's left pad at 15:54.

Rinne said the Predators have to get better.

"It's not good enough," Rinne said.

Dickinson made it 5-2 with a slap shot from the high slot off another Nashville turnover at 1:57 of the third. Turris was credited with a goal at 2:25 where the puck went off Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen's skate.

NOTES
Nashville came into this postseason one of only three teams to reach the second round each of the past three seasons with Washington and Pittsburgh, and the Penguins were swept in the first round. ... Radulov posted his second multi-goal performance in the playoffs. His last was in Game 1 of the 2007 conference quarterfinals with Nashville. ... Washington's John Carlson also had three assists in a single period in Game 1 against Carolina this postseason. ... Grimaldi scored only five goals in 53 games during the regular season.

UP NEXT
The Stars can end the series Monday night in Game 6 in Dallas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Prepare for Game 5 vs. Predators]]>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 21:50:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Practice+Huddle.jpg

The Dallas Stars are in a playoff fight with the Nashville Predators. The tale of the tape can't get much closer. Two wins apiece with both teams hoping to deliver the knockout punch soon.

"Game 1 went well for us," said Jamie Benn. The Stars' captain adding, "Games 2 and 3 not so much and last game went pretty good so we got to re-focus and try to get a big win here in Game 5."

"We know they're (the Predators) going to be coming hard and we wouldn't expect anything less," said Stars' goaltender Ben Bishop.

One of the Predators biggest adjustments is trying to stay disciplined. Their frequent trips to the penalty box in Game 4 leading to Pekka Rinne's early exit. But the Stars know better than to think the "Big Fin's" confidence is shaken.

"He (Rinne) wasn't weak on one goal," said Jim Montgomery. The Stars' head coach adding, "We had two posts and in to start it off, you know, Pekka Rinne is still giving me nightmares."

The loser of Game 5 may have nightmares too. Historically speaking, the winner of this game when the series is tied 2-2 goes on to take the series nearly 80 percent of the time.

"I've been up 3-2 and lost series and been down 3-2 and won a series so every game's important," said Bishop. "If you want to look at the big picture you really just worry about playing a good game and the results will follow."

Coverage of Game 5 on NBC 5 begins at 2 p.m. central time on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Stars Even Series With Win Over Predators After Big 1st]]>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:37:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars-celebrate-Getty-041719.jpg

The bounce-back effort by Ben Bishop after a tough game didn't surprise Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery.

Dallas also got a power boost to go with Bishop's 34 saves, scoring three power-play goals in the first period on the way to a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night to even the best-of-seven series at two games each.

"It was nice to see the power play do it in such a dominant fashion," Montgomery said.

Roope Hintz and Alexander Radulov scored power-play goals on Dallas' first two shots, and the Stars chased Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne with four goals on eight shots in less than 14 minutes.

"It's nice to see the guys did a great job in front of me and get that lead in the first 15 minutes, made it a little easier on me," Bishop said. "I thought everybody, top to bottom, played a great game and doing all the small things it takes to win."

Bishop allowed a couple of soft goals in Game 3 in his home playoff debut with Dallas, when the Predators won their second consecutive game after the Stars won the series opener in Nashville.

Hintz, who started the season with the Stars and was sent to their AHL team three times before returning for good Jan. 29, added his second career playoff goal in the second period. That came on John Klingberg's third assist of the game.

"We played desperate from the start," Klingberg said. "We came out and set the pace right away."

Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round series is Saturday in Nashville.

The Stars were 1 of 13 on the power play in the first three games, but went 3 of 4 in the first period of Game 4. It was the first time they scored three power-play goals in one period of a playoff game since moving to Dallas before the 1993-94 season.

"Our kill, which has been so solid for a couple months now, you never want to see three go in like that," Predators center Nick Bonino said. "They made some nice plays. They picked some corners. That's going to happen."

Andrew Cogliano and Mats Zuccarello also scored as part of the Stars' four goals against Rinne before Juuse Saros replaced him and stopped 20 of 21 shots. Rinne, who started his 87th consecutive playoff game for Nashville, had stopped 40 of 42 shots in Game 3.

"It's frustrating when you're geared up to win a hockey game, and you look up and it's 4-0 on the board with five minutes to go in the period," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette. "You're battling back at that point, and the frustration is easy to let into the game."

Zuccarello's third goal of the series was a power play goal, and made it 4-0.

Dallas led 1-0 when Hintz scored on a pass from Klingberg only 3:42 into the game. The Stars were back on the power play only 90 seconds later, and converted again when Radulov got his second goal of the series .

"I don't think any of the first three (goals) were Pek's fault. He's played fantastic to this point," Laviolette said, mentioning multiple times two redirects and an initial pad save on another shot. "Hard to fault (Rinne) on those goals and those situations, the circumstances and situations we put him in."

The Stars had scored only 39 goals in the first period all season -- through 82 regular-season games and then had none in the first three games of this series that were all decided by one goal.

Nashville hadn't allowed three power-play goals in a single period this season, or faced a four-goal deficit after the first period.

The Predators didn't score until more than eight minutes into the third period, when Roman Josi shot from the slot in the middle of the circles. The puck whizzed to the right of Bishop, who had a lot of traffic in front of him.

NOTES
Josi has two goals in this series. In 32 career regular-season games against Dallas, Josi has 10 goals and 15 assists. The only team he has more goals against is Colorado, with 11 in 32 games. ... Dallas scored four goals in one period for the first time in its last 33 playoff games -- since a 5-2 win over San Jose on April 27, 2008. The franchise record is five, the last by the North Stars in April 1994 against St. Louis. ... The Predators lost in Dallas for the first time this season. They were 3-0 in the regular season before winning Game 3. ... Dallas snapped a four-game home playoff losing streak.

UP NEXT
The series switches to Nashville for Game 5 on Saturday afternoon, then back to Dallas for Game 6 on Monday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Stars and Predators Meet in Pivotal Game 4]]>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:31:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Stars-Game-1-Getty-041019.jpg

The Dallas Stars look to avoid a big deficit in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Nashville Predators Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center.

With the Stars trailing two games to one, they know they can't afford to fall further behind the Predators.

While technically Game 4 isn't a "must-win" game, it sure feels like it.

"You got to approach every game in the playoffs like that," forward Jason Dickinson said. "It's important to try to come in and take every game, so if you come in with the desperation that this is possibly your last game in every game, you're going to do alright."

"Desperation is a strong force and you got to match that," Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "It's a huge game for both teams. It's 3-1 or 2-2. There's a huge gap between those numbers."

"I think it (trying to avoid a 3-1 hole) puts more urgency in us, but I don't view it as a must-win," Dallas head coach Jim Montgomery said. "We view it as we need to keep getting better, and if we keep getting better, we think the results will take care of themselves."

The Stars certainly want better results on the power play. They have not been good in this series with a man-advantage. The Stars have been denied in the last 11 situations in which they had an extra skater.

Montgomery said he wanted his team to have better spacing and puck movement in Game 4. He also wanted his players to crowd the opposition's net more Wednesday night.



Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Fall Behind in Best-of-Seven Series Against Nashville]]>Tue, 16 Apr 2019 04:02:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1142944682.jpg

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne withstood a flurry of shots when the Dallas Stars had an extended power play in the second period, including a 5-on-3 advantage.

Then came his incredible save with the game tied midway through the third before the Predators got the game-winner.

Rinne stopped 40 shots, including seven when the Stars skated with an advantage for 2 1/2 consecutive minutes, and Mikael Granlund scored on a wrist shot with 8:19 left to push the Predators to a 3-2 victory Monday night for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series.

"He's the backbone of this franchise. He has been for a very long time," defenseman P.K. Subban said of Rinne, who made his 86th consecutive playoff start for the Predators. "He's one of our most important players, if not the most important, and he showed that again tonight."

After three consecutive one-goal games, Game 4 is Wednesday night in Dallas.

Granlund's tiebreaker came only about 3 1/2 minutes after the Stars got even at 2 on a goal from Tyler Seguin off a backhand pass from Stars captain Jamie Benn following some interesting puck play behind the net.

Stars fans wanted a penalty when Subban was on the back and reaching over Alexander Radulov in a battle for the puck. But play continued and seconds later Benn delivered a spot-on pass from the side of the net to Seguin in front.

Right after that, Benn had a point-blank shot that Rinne pushed aside with his skate to keep the game tied.

"He was terrific all night," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "At that point, you're under fire a little bit, they start to grab the energy in the building. ... That save was big."

Granlund, acquired in a trade with Minnesota in late February, got the puck from Dante Fabbro after Kyle Turris won a faceoff against Benn.

Rocco Grimaldi scored in his second game in a row for the Predators, and Filip Forsberg had a perfectly timed play for a goal.

Mats Zuccarello also scored for the Stars, who played their first home playoff game in three years. American Airlines Center is less than 5 miles from the Cotton Bowl Stadium where they will play the Predators outside in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day next season.

"Never get too high, never get too low," Stars first-year coach Jim Montgomery said. "It's 2-1, I think we've been the better team two out of three games. Keep playing like that, usually hockey gods get back on your side."

Nashville led 1-0 when Grimaldi took a shot from outside the right circle and got the puck past an unobstructed Ben Bishop, who finished with 25 saves.

Grimaldi didn't have a goal in the last 13 regular-season games after scoring Feb. 19 at Dallas. The center was a scratch in the opener of this series scored a goal in Game 2 while filling in for Brian Boyle, who had an appendectomy after Game 1 and is considered week-to-week.

The Predators led 2-0 when Nick Bonino flicked the puck high in the air -- his pass went airborne from the circle left of Rinne along the boards and over both blue lines. Forsberg was at the blue line when the puck was over his head, and delayed enough to avoid going offside before gaining control and charging in for the goal.

Montgomery said the Stars looked at replays when considering a challenge, but after seeing several angles "thought it was onside clearly."

NOTES: Dallas was 0 for 4 on power plays and is 1 for 13 in the series. Nashville is 0 for 8 after failing to score on its only chance with an advantage. ... Nashville is 3-0 in Dallas this season, after also winning both regular-season games there. ... Stars C Jason Dickinson was bleeding after being slammed into the boards by Colton Sissons late in the first period. It was the second time Dickinson took a big hit in this series. He went to the locker room and went through concussion testing after a collision with Boyle in Game 1. ... Like Boyle, RW Wayne Simmonds is week-to-week. Simmonds took a shot off his knee in Game 2. ... A Stars fan was removed from the area near the Nashville penalty box after the second period. ... Dirk Nowitzki was back in the building where a week ago he announced his retirement after a record 21 seasons with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and was honored with an elaborate ceremony after his final home game. The crowd went wild when Nowitzki was shown in a suite wearing a Stars playoff T-shirt and waving a rally towel.

UP NEXT

Game 4 on Wednesday night in Dallas, before the series shifts back to Nashville for Game 5.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Stars Host Predators in Crucial Game 3]]>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 18:54:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PAUL+JONES+STARS+PREVIEW+WEB_2019-04-15-18-47-42.jpg

The Stars are getting ready to host the first playoff game at the American Airlines Center in three years. NBC 5’s Paul Jones is in downtown Dallas to preview this evening’s crucial game three against the Nashville Predators.]]>
<![CDATA[Predators Beat Stars in OT, Even Series 1-1]]>Sat, 13 Apr 2019 20:31:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Craig-Smith-Getty-041319.jpg

Craig Smith scored five minutes into overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday, tying the first-round Western Conference series at 1-1.

Smith scored his first this postseason from the inside edge of the left circle to snap a three-game playoff skid on home ice for Nashville.

Rocco Grimaldi also scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves. The Predators had lost five of their last six postseason games in the place they call Smashville.

Jamie Benn scored for Dallas The Stars were outshot 43-23.

Game 3 is Monday night in Dallas.

The teams went to overtime twice during their five-game series during the regular season, and Dallas won the opener 3-2. So it was no surprise they went past regulation yet again.

The Stars went 0 of 6 on the man advantage after being the NHL's 11th-best on the power play during the regular season.

After losing Game 1, the Predators came into this game having lost five of their last six playoff games on home ice. The Stars came in trying to join both St. Louis and Columbus as road teams taking a 2-0 advantage back home.

The teams fought to the first scoreless period of this young series to open this game, though the Predators killed a four-minute penalty on a double minor to Mattias Ekholm and outshot Dallas 15-9.

Dallas took the lead at 1:59 of the second when Tyler Seguin got the puck off a turnover, passed to Benn at the side of the net for the captain's first goal this postseason. Stars center Mattias Janmark went straight to the locker room after a collision with Predators' defenseman Dan Hamhuis into the boards. Janmark was down for a couple minutes before being helped off the ice at 3:10, putting no weight on his left leg.

Nashville tied it at 3:56, with Grimaldi scoring over Bishop's glove from right in front off a pass from Austin Watson. It was the first postseason goal in Grimaldi's third career playoff game and first with Nashville, and he was in the lineup only because forward Brian Boyle is day to day with an illness.

The Predators also lost forward Wayne Simmonds in the first period after he took a one-timer from teammate Roman Josi off the inside of his left knee. He later tested his leg taking a lap during a TV timeout before going back to the locker room.

In the third, Rinne smothered a shot from Seguin off a pass from Alexander Radulov in the opening minutes. Stars center Jason Dickinson hit the top right corner of the post 5:24 in.

NOTES
The Predators improved to 5-2 at home in Game 2 all-time with their first home playoff win since Game 2 of their second-round series last spring against Winnipeg. Nashville now is 8-11 all-time in Game 2 overall. ... Grimaldi played his first postseason game since April 2016 with Florida. ... Benn now has at least a point in 10 of his 11 career postseason games on the road with four goals and nine assists. ...

UP NEXT
Game 3 on Monday night in Dallas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Rookie Heiskanen Leads Stars Over Predators]]>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:59:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Stars-Game-1-Getty-041019.jpg

Miro Heiskanen scored a goal and had an assist, helping the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference series.

An official scoring change Thursday morning gave Heiskanen's second goal to Alexander Radulov for tipping the puck past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, turning a historic night for the rookie appearing to become the youngest defenseman in NHL history to score twice in his postseason debut into just a very good game.

Mats Zuccarello also scored, helping Dallas continue its success from the regular season in Nashville, where the Stars won twice.

Roman Josi and P.K. Subban each scored for Nashville.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night in Nashville.

Subban pulled the Predators within a goal with 6:36 left in regulation, beating Ben Bishop's glove with a wrister from the right circle. Nashville got a power play with 4:52 remaining, and coach Peter Laviolette pulled goalie Pekka Rinne with 3:13 left. The Predators couldn't force overtime.

The Predators came in with much more playoff experience after reaching the 2017 Stanley Cup Final and going a full seven games last spring before losing in the second round. The postseason party started as usual with at least one catfish tossed onto the ice and fans who couldn't get into the sold-out Bridgestone Arena watching outside at the park across the street.

This is the first time these Central Division rivals have met in the postseason, timely with Nashville scheduled to play Dallas in the Winter Classic in the Cotton Bowl next season. The Predators came into the playoffs having won five of their last six to win their second straight division title with a win on the final night of the season.

Dallas finished 5-1-1 to grab the first wild card in the West for the Stars' first playoff berth since 2016.

The Stars went with Bishop after he posted a career-high seven shutouts during the regular season. He also led the NHL with a .934 save percentage and was second in the league with a 1.98 goals-against average. He made 30 saves for this win.

Josi gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with a backhander from the slot as he skated across at 12:12 of the first.

Nashville forward Brian Boyle, acquired from New Jersey in a trade Feb. 6, sent Stars center Jason Dickinson to the locker room after a collision about 9 minutes into the first. Dickinson returned in the second.

Heiskanen tied it at 12:37 of the second with the puck deflecting off the knee of Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Dallas nearly took the lead off a shot by Roope Hintz with Dickinson following, only to see Rinne stop the puck on the line with the back of his skate 15:00 into the second.

The rookie defenseman shot again with Radulov redirecting the puck past Rinne at 6:10 of the third.

Zuccarello padded the lead off a rebound, beating Rinne between the legs at 10:39.

NOTES:Heiskanen set a franchise record with 33 points by a teenage defenseman. He also was one of only three Stars to play all 82 games this season. ... Radek Faska was the last Stars rookie to score a goal in his playoff debut on April 14, 2016, against Minnesota, and Curt Giles was the last Dallas rookie defenseman with a goal in his postseason debut on April 8, 1980, against Toronto. ... The Predators went 35-4-1 this season when scoring first and had been 24-7 all-time when scoring first in the playoffs.

UP NEXT

Game 2 in Nashville on Saturday night.

 
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By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Miro Heiskanen scored a goal and had an assist, helping the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference series.
   An official scoring change Thursday morning gave Heiskanen's second goal to Alexander Radulov for tipping the puck past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, turning a historic night for the rookie appearing to become the youngest defenseman in NHL history to score twice in his postseason debut into just a very good game.
   Mats Zuccarello also scored, helping Dallas continue its success from the regular season in Nashville, where the Stars won twice.
   Roman Josi and P.K. Subban each scored for Nashville.
   Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night in Nashville.
   Subban pulled the Predators within a goal with 6:36 left in regulation, beating Ben Bishop's glove with a wrister from the right circle. Nashville got a power play with 4:52 remaining, and coach Peter Laviolette pulled goalie Pekka Rinne with 3:13 left. The Predators couldn't force overtime.
   The Predators came in with much more playoff experience after reaching the 2017 Stanley Cup Final and going a full seven games last spring before losing in the second round. The postseason party started as usual with at least one catfish tossed onto the ice and fans who couldn't get into the sold-out Bridgestone Arena watching outside at the park across the street.
   This is the first time these Central Division rivals have met in the postseason, timely with Nashville scheduled to play Dallas in the Winter Classic in the Cotton Bowl next season. The Predators came into the playoffs having won five of their last six to win their second straight division title with a win on the final night of the season.
   Dallas finished 5-1-1 to grab the first wild card in the West for the Stars' first playoff berth since 2016.
   The Stars went with Bishop after he posted a career-high seven shutouts during the regular season. He also led the NHL with a .934 save percentage and was second in the league with a 1.98 goals-against average. He made 30 saves for this win.
   Josi gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with a backhander from the slot as he skated across at 12:12 of the first.
   Nashville forward Brian Boyle, acquired from New Jersey in a trade Feb. 6, sent Stars center Jason Dickinson to the locker room after a collision about 9 minutes into the first. Dickinson returned in the second.
   Heiskanen tied it at 12:37 of the second with the puck deflecting off the knee of Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Dallas nearly took the lead off a shot by Roope Hintz with Dickinson following, only to see Rinne stop the puck on the line with the back of his skate 15:00 into the second.
   The rookie defenseman shot again with Radulov redirecting the puck past Rinne at 6:10 of the third.
   Zuccarello padded the lead off a rebound, beating Rinne between the legs at 10:39.
   NOTES: Heiskanen set a franchise record with 33 points by a teenage defenseman. He also was one of only three Stars to play all 82 games this season. ... Radek Faska was the last Stars rookie to score a goal in his playoff debut on April 14, 2016, against Minnesota, and Curt Giles was the last Dallas rookie defenseman with a goal in his postseason debut on April 8, 1980, against Toronto. ... The Predators went 35-4-1 this season when scoring first and had been 24-7 all-time when scoring first in the playoffs.
   UP NEXT
   Game 2 in Nashville on Saturday night.
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<![CDATA[Stars, Predators Ready to Build a Rivalry in Playoffs]]>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 17:22:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Stars-Getty-040219.jpg

The NHL could not have planned this any better.

The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars are due to meet in the next Winter Classic but first the two Central Division foes have a chance to build up their rivalry starting Wednesday night in the first postseason series between them.

"It's probably really good promotion for NBC for next year to get this rivalry going," Predators general manager David Poile said.

Nashville won the season series 3-2, and Stars forward Tyler Seguin said the games have been low-scoring battles.

"If there's not a rivalry there, there's going to be," Seguin said. "And I'm sure NBC's real excited with the gods putting us all in the hands of Winter Classic next year. I guess you can call it fate for us. It's going to be a good series."

The Stars missed the postseason the past two years before earning the Western Conference's first wild card while the Predators are making their fifth straight appearance. Much of the roster remains from Nashville's first Stanley Cup Final team. The Predators won their first Presidents' Trophy a year ago only to lose in the second round to Winnipeg in seven games.

Now they have their second straight division title thanks to an 8-2-1 finish, and are hoping all that experience pays off in another trip to the finals.

"Absolutely the best time of the year," Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said.

GOALIE DECISION

First-year Stars coach Jim Montgomery has an interesting decision to make in net between Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin.

Bishop, plagued by lower-body injuries that sidelined the Dallas starter several times during the regular season, led the NHL in save percentage (.934) and was second in goals-against average (1.98). But Khudobin set a franchise record for saves in a shutout with 49 in a 2-0 win at Nashville in December and stopped 38 of 39 shots there five weeks later. He wasn't quite as good in the third game at Nashville, stopping 21 of 24 in a 3-2 overtime loss five days after that second win.

"I didn't say it was going to be split," Montgomery said when asked about the hot-hand approach. "I said I imagine both playing."

REIGNING VEZINA WINNER

Rinne didn't match the season he had a year ago in winning his first Vezina Trophy, but he just posted his fifth straight season with at least 30 wins to tie for the longest active streak in the NHL. Rinne went 3-0-0 last week with a 2.01 GAA and .935 save percentage. Backup Juuse Saros won both his starts against Dallas, giving Nashville a strong option if needed.

"Pekka has had a terrific season and certainly he's played very strong down the stretch for us," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.

PLAYOFF NEWBIES

While Jamie Benn and fellow high-priced forward Seguin bring plenty of experience (Seguin won the Stanley Cup as a 19-year-old with Boston in 2011), the Stars have some key playoff newcomers in 19-year-old standout Miro Heiskanen, fellow defenseman Esa Lindell and emerging forward Roope Hintz. Lindell is 24, Hintz 22. Montgomery isn't concerned.

"I like our 19-year-old not having any Stanley Cup playoffs," Montgomery said. "He's going to be OK in the playoffs."

POWER UP

The Stars could have a decided advantage over Nashville when it comes to the power play. Dallas ranked 11th converting 21% with the man advantage to go along with a penalty kill that's fifth-stingiest. Nashville is just behind Dallas when it comes to killing penalties, but the Predators were last in the league on the power play at 12.9%. They scored only one power play in the season series with Dallas -- when the Stars had pulled their goalie in the final minute of the teams' first game.

Nashville traded for Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Mikael Granlund in February in part for their power-play prowess. Nashville's game-winning goal that clinched the division title came on a power play.

HOME ICE

Both Nashville and Dallas are among the league's best on home ice with the Predators ninth-best at 25-14-2 and the Stars at 12th after going 24-14-3. Seguin said Nashville easily ranks among the top three home rinks, though he puts Vegas as the loudest in the regular season. Laviolette said he doesn't have a crystal ball to see how home ice will treat teams.

"Given the choice to play at home or on the road, I'd rather play in front of our fans and play in our building," Laviolette said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Montgomery Steers Stars to Playoffs in College-to-Pro Debut]]>Tue, 09 Apr 2019 05:37:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-new-coach-jim-montgomery2.jpg

While the NHL buzzed in early January over the Dallas Stars CEO profanely ripping the franchise's two best players, first-year coach Jim Montgomery worked to figure out how to make defense the priority for a team that was having trouble scoring goals.

Never mind that the former journeyman forward was also making the rare college-to-pro jump two years after winning an NCAA title at the University of Denver, and guiding a club that expected to reach the playoffs right away following a decade of mostly missing the postseason.

Fast-forward three months, and the Stars are preparing for a Western Conference first-round series starting Wednesday night in Nashville. And Tyler Seguin, one of the objects of Jim Lites' ire, has been impressed by the stewardship of his third coach in three years.

"I mean, look where we are," said Seguin, who was criticized along with captain Jamie Benn in somewhat shocking comments by Lites. "He did such a great job not only with our team but individually in meetings. Getting the most out of each player individually, and it's benefited all of us this year."

Montgomery had a few strong words of his own not long after Lites used plenty of profanity along with "terrible" and "embarrassing" to describe the play of Benn and Seguin. The coach said he was frustrated that he hadn't been able to "change the culture of mediocrity."

Through all of that drama, the Stars stayed in the playoff picture. Dallas never really lost its grip on a wild-card spot that was wrapped up with two games remaining in the regular season. It's the club's first postseason berth since 2016.

For that, the Stars credit finding, and sticking to, their identity -- a strong defensive game in front of standout goalies Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin. As a result, Montgomery sees a team that's better on the road and in the third period, and more consistent.

"We've been able to change our mentality and our idea of what work ethic is," Montgomery said. "We've done that all together. That's the growth you want to see because that's how you get everyone believing in it. Players have had ownership in it and so has the coaching staff."

Both Seguin and Benn finished among the top 25 in the NHL in scoring in each of their first five seasons together. Neither did it this season. Seguin led the Stars with 80 points (33 goals, 47 assists) while finishing 28th in the league.

In 2017-18, Seguin had his first 40-goal season, but the Stars collapsed in the final weeks, getting swept on a six-game road trip while losing eight straight. This time, Dallas went 3-0-1 on a critical four-game Canadian swing that put them on the brink of a playoff spot.

"We thought we were going to score goals this year a little bit more and playing more of an offensive game," Seguin said. "But we're a defensive team that's gonna outwork and gonna outlast you. After the All-Star break, that's what he talked to us about is, `What is our identity?'

"As a team and as a leadership group, we came up with it and went from there."

Montgomery benched Alexander Radulov for a period after the team's No. 2 scorer talked back to the coach during a 2-1 loss to the last-place Los Angeles Kings.

That setback capped the second of two season-worst four-game losing streaks about a month apart. The first was about two weeks before Lites summoned two reporters who cover the team regularly to unload on Benn and Seguin. The second was about two weeks after.

The turnaround started immediately after the second skid, in the first game before the All-Star break. And when Montgomery returned from the break, he said he intended to be more upbeat. Several times after losses, he said he liked the club's direction, and its playoff chances.

A two-time champion as a coach in junior hockey and a two-time NCAA Frozen Four qualifier at Denver, Montgomery acknowledged that his first NHL experience was challenging.

"I didn't know what the unexpected was going to be," Montgomery said. "And the unexpected ended up being some big moments. All those things have made us tougher. And if you're tougher now, you've got to be tough going into playoffs or you have no chance."

This rookie coach still has that chance.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Prepare for Stanley Cup Playoffs]]>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 19:38:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tyler+Seguin+040819.jpg

The NHL regular season is over and for the first time in three years, the Dallas Stars are still on the ice.

Preparing for the the Stanley Cup playoffs sure beats heading into the offseason.

"You know sitting on your couch in April so many years in a row and that doesn't feel good," forward Tyler Seguin said. "You don't like watching. You want to be playing and a lot of times, in the first round, I'm not even watching."

In the last seven games of the regular season, the Stars collected 11 of a possible 14 points. The Predators weren't far behind with 10. In other words, both clubs are playing good hockey heading into the best-of-seven series.

"They (the Predators) got in a rhythm after the trade deadline, got their right chemistry lines going and they're riding high," head coach Jim Montgomery said. "But I (also) like the way we've played since the trade deadline."

Jamie Benn agreed with Montgomery's assessment.

"We feel like our game's at a pretty good level right now," the Stars' captain said. "(We've) played some great hockey down the stretch, won some big games, especially on the road, and we're a confident group going in."

The Stars have won just one playoff series over the last decade. But to hear their opponent tell it, that futility could serve as fuel.

"They haven't made the playoffs on a consistent basis over the last few years, so I think this is very important for their franchise and individual players," Predators general manager David Poile said. "They're going to be tough."

"Well, obviously we want better results," Seguin said. "The goal all along has been get back in the playoffs and now the new goal is, 'let's do some damage.'"

If the Stars can do some damage, they'll break a few hearts in Music City.



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<![CDATA[Stars General Manager Previews Playoffs]]>Sun, 07 Apr 2019 21:56:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jim+Nill+040719.jpg

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill talks to NBC 5's Pat Doney about his confidence level going into the playoffs and why he believes the Stars could make a postseason run.

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<![CDATA[Stars Beat Wild for Top Wild-Card Spot in Western Conference]]>Sat, 06 Apr 2019 23:47:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/DallasStarsHocke.jpg

Tyler Seguin broke open a scoreless game with two third-period goals, and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take the Western Conference's top wild-card spot Saturday night.

Ben Bishop made 22 saves for his career-high seventh shutout of the season, and Tyler Pitlick also scored for the Stars. Dallas will open the postseason against Nashville.

Seguin scored the first goal on the power play with 17:16 to play. He took a pass from Alexander Radulov high in the left faceoff circle and sent a slap shot over Minnesota's Alex Stalock and into the upper-left corner of the net.

The Wild had stopped 22 straight power plays over nine games.

For the second goal, Seguin's team-high 33rd of the season, he took the rebound of a shot by Jamie Oleksiak in front and backhanded the puck past Stalock six minutes later.

Pitlick scored off another rebound with 7:59 remaining.

Bishop recorded the 31st shutout of his career. He finished the season with career bests in save percentage (a league-leading .934) and goals against average (1.98).

Stalock was far busier, stopping 41 shots.

Dallas came up empty during a scoreless first period despite a 14-7 advantage in shots on goal. Each team had one unsuccessful power play. The Stars also led in shots with the man advantage, 4-0.

In the scoreless second period, Dallas had an even bigger advantage in shots at 20-5, but only the Wild put the puck in the net. Stars coach Jim Montgomery challenged Greg Pateryn's slap shot from the blue line that went past Bishop 18 seconds before intermission. The video review showed that Minnesota was offside on that possession.

Stalock turned away good chances by Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov, a 2-on-1 break by Seguin and Andrew Cogliano and a flurry of shots with two minutes left in the period.

Bishop stopped a close-range shot by Kevin Fiala during the final minute.

Wild defenseman Nick Seeler and Dallas center Radek Faksa energized the second period with two scuffles. They were penalized for roughing at 7:05. After leaving the penalty box, they went back right back in for fighting at 9:11.

NOTES
Fiala had the unusual distinction of playing in 83 games this season - 64 for Nashville, with another 19 after being traded to the Wild. Playing in all 82 games were Minnesota's Marcus Foligno, Ryan Suter, Jonas Brodin and Jared Spurgeon, and the Stars' Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell and Tyler Seguin. Marcus Pettersson played in 83 contests for Anaheim and Pittsburgh. ... Minnesota LW Zach Parise (illness) missed the season's final two games. ... Dallas successfully killed 15 of 16 penalties in the final six games.

UP NEXT
Wild: Can look forward to June 21, the first day of the NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver.

Stars: Begin the Stanley Cup playoffs at Nashville. Dallas was 2-0-1 on the Predators' home ice this season.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Kane Helps Blackhawks Beat Stars 6-1]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 22:37:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1132682941.png

Patrick Kane scored twice and Cam Ward made 25 saves in his 700th NHL game, helping the Chicago Blackhawks pound the short-handed Dallas Stars 6-1 on Friday night in their home finale.

Dylan Strome, Chris Kunitz and Dominik Kahun also scored for Chicago, which earned its second straight win and improved to 3-0-2 in its past five. Slater Koekkoek added his second of the season, and Brent Seabrook had two assists.

Dallas (42-32-7) clinched a playoff spot with Tuesday night's 6-2 victory over Philadelphia, but it needs at least one more point to secure the Western Conference's top wild card.

The Stars host Minnesota in their season finale, and Colorado is just one point back heading into its final game at San Jose later Saturday night.

Captain Jamie Benn, goaltender Ben Bishop, forward Mats Zuccarello and defenseman Roman Polak skipped the trip to Chicago. Bishop remained sidelined by a lower-body injury, and Benn, Zuccarello and Polak got a chance to rest.

Joel L'Esperance scored for Dallas in the third period, and Anton Khudobin made 26 stops.

The 35-year-old Ward became the 28th goaltender to reach 700 games when he came in after Corey Crawford departed in the second with a groin injury. He made a point-blank save on Tyler Seguin in the final minute of the period.

Chicago (36-33-12) grabbed control with four goals in a span of six shots overlapping the second and third periods.

Kahun kicked it off when he poked a rebound through Khubobin's legs at 11:11. Then Kunitz was awarded his fifth goal when a replay review showed his bouncing shot just crossed the line before it was swept away. Strome added his 20th of the season when he made the most of a fortunate deflection with 2:09 left in the second, and Koekkoek made it 5-0 with a sharp-angled shot 44 seconds into the third.

After L'Esperance got Dallas on the board at 7:18, Kane got his 44th goal when he slipped a backhand under Khudobin on a breakaway with 3:49 to go. Kane has three goals and four assists in his past five games and needs two goals in Saturday night's finale to match his career high of 46 from the 2015-16 season.

NOTES: Stars F Justin Dowling returned to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury. ... Blackhawks F David Kampf played after he missed the previous two games with a facial injury. Marcus Kruger was scratched. ... Dallas also scratched F Andrew Cogliano.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Blackhawks: Visit the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.



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<![CDATA[Stars Clinch 1st Playoff Trip Since 2016, Beat Flyers 6-2]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 22:47:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Stars-Getty-040219.jpg

The Dallas Stars clinched their first trip to the playoffs in three years Tuesday night, getting two goals and two assists from Alexander Radulov in a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Stars were just a point shy of the postseason and could have made it with an Arizona loss in a later game.

Instead, they left little doubt with four goals in the final 24 minutes, including a pair 10 seconds apart, for just their third Western Conference playoff berth in 11 seasons.

Jason Dickinson, Esa Lindell, Tyler Pitlick and Blake Comeau also scored for the Stars, who hold the first wild-card spot with 91 points and are unlikely to get into the top three in the Central Division. Dallas last made the playoffs in 2016, losing a Game 7 to St. Louis in the second round.

The Stars missed the playoffs a year ago because of an eight-game losing streak late in the season, the first six of those on the road. This time, they moved to the brink of the postseason by earning seven points on a four-game Canadian swing before coming home to face Philadelphia.

It was a satisfying surge for a club that worked through a tumultuous midseason stretch after team CEO Jim Lites profanely ripped the play of captain Jamie Benn and fellow star forward Tyler Seguin.

The Stars actually held the last playoff spot in the West in late December when Lites used plenty of profanity along with "terrible" and "embarrassing" to describe the way his high-priced forwards were playing while saying the team was underachieving.

First-year coach Jim Montgomery, making the rare transition from college, joined the chorus not long after Lites' strong words, saying he was trying to end the franchise's "culture of mediocrity."

Montgomery's tone was decidedly more positive after the All-Star break, when the Stars won their first four to finish a five-game winning streak and had another solid run in March to set up the decisive Canadian trip.

Dallas gave up a 2-0 lead in the second on goals from Oskar Lindblom and Shayne Gostisbehere before Radulov put the Stars in front for good late in the second when he took a pass from Seguin and lifted a backhand over Cam Talbot on the power play for his career-high 28th goal.

Radulov scored his 29th, two shy of team leader Seguin and two ahead of Benn, 10 seconds after Comeau's third-period tally. The six goals tied a season high for Dallas. Seguin and John Klingberg had two assists apiece.

Pitlick, in his second game back after missing 30 with a wrist injury, redirected a pass from Roope Hintz while skating through the slot two minutes later. Dickinson and Lindell, who had a nifty redirect off his blade from between his legs , scored in the first five minutes.

Anton Khudobin, who has played an important role as Ben Bishop's backup with the Dallas starter missing 16 games because of injuries, made 32 saves. Bishop is expected to return from his latest injury this weekend. Talbot stopped 24 shots.

NOTES
Stars F Mats Zuccarello returned after missing 17 games with a broken arm, recording an assist. Zuccarello was injured in his first game after coming over in a trade with the New York Rangers. He had a goal and an assist in that game against Chicago. ... The Flyers, already eliminated in the East playoff race, have lost five of six games. ... Radulov is on a six-game points streak, with 10 points (five goals, five assists).

UP NEXT
Both teams have their road finales. The Flyers are in St. Louis on Thursday. The Stars visit Chicago on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Look to Claim Playoff Spot for 1st Time in 3 Years]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 18:59:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Paul+Jones+AAC+040219.jpg

If the Dallas Stars take one point in Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, they'll make the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

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<![CDATA[Granlund Scores Shootout Winner as Canucks Down Stars]]>Sun, 31 Mar 2019 00:21:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Markus-Granlund-Getty-033119.jpg

Markus Granlund scored in the eighth round of the shootout, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Tim Schaller and Sven Baertschi scored in regulation for the Canucks, who were officially eliminated from the playoff race on Friday. Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves.

Granlund's goal was the only score in the shootout, which ended when Mattias Janmark missed for Dallas.

Andrew Cogliano and Alexander Radulov had goals for the Stars, who fell short of pulling off a playoff spot-clinching win after erasing a 2-0 deficit in the third period. Dallas also saw its three-game winning streak stopped.

Schaller opened the scoring when he scooped the puck from behind the net and wrapped a back-handed shot around, poking the puck under Anton Khudobin's pad 4:52 into the game. It marked the third goal of the season for Schaller, with all three coming against the Stars in games this month.

Baertschi made it 2-0 11:16 into the first, picking up the puck at the blue line, streaking into the offensive zone and sniping a wrist shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle. The shot beat Khudobin five-hole and marked Baertschi's first point since returning from symptoms of post-concussion syndrome that kept him sidelined for 23 games.

Markstrom stopped every shot he faced through nearly 2 1/2 periods before Cogliano beat him with a wrister 9:14 into the third period.

Radulov added another goal 14:11 into the final frame, sending a long wrist shot sailing toward the Canucks net. The puck appeared to bounce off Vancouver defenseman Troy Stetcher and in.

Tyler Seguin nearly ended the game with less than two minutes left, snapping a closer-range shot at Markstrom, who trapped the puck under his arm to force overtime.

NOTES
Radulov extended his points streak to five games. ... Canucks RW Jake Virtanen missed the game with a lower-body injury. ... Seguin's six-game points streak was snapped. The Dallas center had scored four goals and six assists during the stretch.

UP NEXT
Stars: host Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Canucks: host San Jose on Tuesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Benn Scores Shootout Winner, Stars Beat Oilers]]>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 06:54:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JAMIE_BENN_SOUND_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1206814787531.jpg

The Dallas Stars' playoff prospects are looking a lot more secure.

Jamie Benn scored the shootout winner and the Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Thursday.

Alexander Radulov and Miro Heiskanen scored in regulation for the surging Stars, who won their third straight game and tightened their hold on the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

"There was no panic," Benn said of his team being down 2-0 early in the second. "Obviously we took responsibility for our play in the first and it wasn't good enough. We wanted to come out in the second and be tighter and better and then we won the third period and took advantage in the shootout. We'll take the two points and move on."

In the conference standings, Dallas is five points up on Colorado and seven points ahead of Arizona.

"I think it's the will inside that locker room and it's those players wanting not only to make the playoffs but to go in there and play the right way," said Stars head coach Jim Montgomery.

Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers, who have lost four of six and are all but eliminated from playoff contention.

Edmonton got on the board first, five minutes into the opening period just as a power play expired. McDavid sent a pass across to Draisaitl, who beat Stars goalie Anton Khudobin for his 47th of the season.

Draisaitl also picked up his 100th point of the season with the goal, joining McDavid in triple digits this season. They are the first Oilers duo to crack 100 points since 1988-1989 (Jari Kurri and Jimmy Carson).

"He's a guy who has been coming along and really playing good hockey," McDavid said. "There has been a lot made of his game and I am really happy to see him do something like this."

It is also the first time a pair of teammates reached the mark since 2010, when Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals accomplished the feat.

"It's a nice milestone for me personally, but it is tough to be too excited about that right now," said Draisaitl, the first German player to hit the 100-point plateau.

The Oilers added to their lead just over a minute into the second on a highlight-reel goal by McDavid.

The goal was McDavid's 40th of the season, making him the first Oiler to record back-to-back 40-goal campaigns since Kurri in 1989.

Dallas got one back on the power play six minutes into the first when Radulov beat Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen high to the glove side.

The Stars tied the game eight minutes into the third period when Heiskanen scored on a shot through a screen to make it 2-2.

NOTE: It was the third and final meeting of the season between the two teams. The Stars won two of the three games. ... Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop started Wednesday's win over Calgary, but was injured midway through. Landon Bow was called up from Texas (AHL) to serve as backup for Thursday's game.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Vancouver on Saturday.

Oilers: Close out a five-game homestand against Anaheim on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Dallas Beats Calgary, Bishop Exits With Apparent Injury]]>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 05:56:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1134513390.jpg

Dallas starting goaltender Ben Bishop went down with an injury. Anton Khudobin took over and the Stars never missed a beat.

Alexander Radulov and Miro Heiskanen scored and Bishop and Khudobin combined for 35 saves to lead Dallas to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

Play was stopped with Bishop on his knees in obvious discomfort at 13:22 of the second period. He skated off under his own power and went straight to the dressing room.

Bishop appeared to wince earlier in the period after dropping into the butterfly and shuffling across his crease to track a shot.

"(Bishop) made some great saves in the first 30 minutes and (Khudobin) made some great saves in the third. They're making the saves they're called upon, and we're not asking them to make secondary saves sprawling out," said Dallas coach Jim Montgomery.

No update was available on Bishop's condition. He has missed games due to injury three times this season, most recently missing two games in mid-March. Montgomery said he suspected Wednesday's injury was related to the last one, but didn't know for sure.

Dallas, which holds down the first wild card spot in the Western Conference, swept the season series against Calgary and moved within four points of St. Louis for third in the Central Division. The Blues hold a game in hand.

"There's good teams behind us and we want to catch the good teams in front of us. It's important to keep on going and finish this regular season out strong," Stars captain Jamie Benn said.

TJ Brodie scored for Calgary. The Flames' lead over idle San Jose atop both the Pacific Division and Western Conference remained at six points.

The Sharks, who hold a game in hand, have six games remaining.

Khudobin made 15 saves in relief of Bishop and was credited with the win. He improved to 14-16-4.

David Rittich made 21 saves for the Flames. The loss drops his record to 26-8-5.

The only goal of the opening two periods came at 17:26 of the first on a power play.

Picking up the puck behind his own net, Radulov slowly carried the puck up ice uncontested. As he approached the Flames' blue line, he stickhandled right through the closely bunched Calgary trio of Mark Jankowski, Elias Lindholm and Brodie and broke in alone on Rittich, beating him through the pads with a move to his backhand.

"I just went through the middle and I think the puck bounced over their sticks and I just continued to skate and ended up on a breakaway," Radulov said.

That goal was part of an early theme for Calgary, suggested frustrated Flames coach Bill Peters.

"Our level of desperation needs to increase across the board," Peters said. "All three zones, 200 feet, their D are blowing by us in the first five minutes like crazy and jumping by us in the rush. It's almost as if we were unaware."

The Stars made it 2-0 on a second power-play goal at 12:24 of the third, with Heiskanen scoring from a scramble. Dallas converted on both its man-advantage chances.

Brodie got Calgary on the scoreboard at 18:28 of the third, converting a rebound of a shot by Johnny Gaudreau.

"It's playing harder. You can get looks throughout a game, but you don't count looks on the scoreboard. We've got to get to the net, we've got to get in the crease," Flames center Sean Monahan said.

The NHL's highest scoring team at home, Calgary has mustered just one goal in the first two games of this three-game homestand. The Flames lost 3-0 to Los Angeles on Monday night.

The Flames scored 29 times at the Saddledome during their five-game winning streak that preceded this stretch.

NOTES: Dallas improves to 29-1-2 when leading after two periods. ... The Stars have won six straight games against Calgary. ... Sam Bennett (upper body) missed his fifth game in the last six. He could play on Friday.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Edmonton on Thursday.

Flames: Host Anaheim on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Seguin, Faska Lead Stars Past Jets]]>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:17:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Tyler Seguin and Radek Faska each scored a pair of goals and the Dallas Stars snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Esa Lindell also scored and Alexander Radulov had two assists for the Stars (39-31-6), who maintained their hold on the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Dallas' Ben Bishop stopped 21 shots.

Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist and Patrik Laine ended a 12-game scoring drought with his 30th goal of the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves for the Jets (45-27-4), who are in first place in the Central Division, two points ahead of Nashville, with a game in hand.

Dallas dominated the second period, scoring three goals in less than a five-minute span.

The Stars got their first power play of the game early in the second, but couldn't capitalize on five shots. However, a minute after the power play ended, Dallas hit its stride.

Lindell's shot from the top of the circle went by Hellebuyck's blocker at 10:27.

Faska then went in alone and beat Hellebuyck high on the glove side at 12:23.

The Stars then had a two-man advantage and Seguin notched his 30th goal of the season with a shot on the blocker side at 15:16.

Seguin scored his second goal on the power play at 10:34, adding to a four-game point streak that includes four goals and four assists.

Winnipeg responded with a burst 29 seconds later as Connor notched his 33rd goal of the season.

Laine blasted a one-timer past Bishop at 15:10 that closed the gap to 4-2, but Faska put the puck into an empty net with 40 seconds remaining for the final margin.

NOTES: Seguin has scored 30 or more goals in five of his last six seasons. ... Bishop earned the 200th win of his career.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Calgary on Wednesday.

Jets: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[McCann Scores Twice to Help Penguins Hold Off Stars]]>Sat, 23 Mar 2019 22:42:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jared-McCann-Getty-032319.jpg

Jared McCann scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a spinning short-handed play in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night.

McCann has 11 goals in 26 games since coming over in a trade with Florida, and now leads the Penguins with three short-handed goals. He has four overall this season.

The Penguins stayed even with the New York Islanders for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 93 points, a point behind Washington.

The Stars finished a five-game homestand with their fourth loss, three in regulation. Dallas holds the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference by two points over Colorado with Minnesota a point behind the Avalanche.

Dallas was looking for its first lead after Jack Johnson was called for holding and the Penguins were just trying to clear the puck when Teddy Blueger poked it away from John Klingberg at center ice. McCann took the pass as he was spinning and flipped the puck over Anton Khudobin.

Matt Murray, who made 29 saves, kept the Penguins in front by stopping a shot from Tyler Seguin and keeping the puck between his legs behind him as he was sprawled on the ice with Alexander Radulov trying to poke it into the net.

The Stars had a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 80 seconds after Bryan Rust was called for holding, but couldn't get one past Murray. Khudobin had 27 saves.

Jake Guentzel opened the scoring with his team-leading 38th goal for Pittsburgh in the first period.

The Stars scored two tying goals in the second. Seguin easily beat Murray on a cross-ice feed from Radulov barely a minute into the period. Andrew Cogliano pulled Dallas even at 2-2 with 80 seconds left by beating Murray in transition after taking a pass in stride from Klingberg.

The Penguins had a goal waved off in the second period when Teddy Blueger was called for goalie interference Erik Gudbranson's shot from outside the circle. Gudbranson's chance came after a wild scramble in front of the net ended with Taylor Fedun sweeping the puck out the crease when Khudobin was beaten.

NOTES
Stars D Jamie Oleksiak was a healthy scratch in his first game against Pittsburgh since the Penguins traded him back to Dallas in January. The Stars sent Oleksiak to the Penguins in December 2017. Both deals involved a fourth-round pick. ... Not long after scoring the game's first goal, Guentzel was stopped on a one-timer right in front of Khudobin. ... Stars F Jason Spezza was a healthy scratch for the second time in three games.

UP NEXT
Penguins: Finish four-game trip Monday at the New York Rangers.

Stars: Start four-game Canadian swing Monday at Winnipeg.

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<![CDATA[Grubauer's 44 Saves Help Avalanche Overcome Stars 3-1]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 22:33:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Philipp Grubauer made a season-high 44 saves, including 23 in the third period, defensemen Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie scored goals and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday night to make the Western Conference playoff race even tighter.

Grubauer has allowed only two goals while facing 104 shots and carrying Colorado on a three-game winning streak.

Carl Soderberg added an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left for the final margin, helping the Avalanche leapfrog idle Minnesota for eighth place in the conference standings. Colorado took a deep tiebreaker lead over Arizona, which lost Thursday, for the second wild card. Colorado and Arizona have 78 points each, and the Avalanche currently would advance based on a better goal differential. The Coyotes will play at Colorado on March 29.

Tyler Seguin scored the lone goal for Dallas with 5:01 to play. Goalie Ben Bishop's personal winning streak ended at six games.

Dallas retained the first wild card by a four-point margin, but fell four points behind third-place St. Louis, a winning team on Thursday, in the Central Division.

The Stars killed the only power plays in a scoreless first period.

On the first power play five minutes in, the Avalanche had only one shot on goal. Shortly afterward, Bishop stopped two in-close attempts by Tyson Jost. Less than a minute later, Bishop foiled a breakaway by Nathan MacKinnon by saving a wrist shot and MacKinnon's rebound attempt.

Colorado outshot the Stars 13-9 in the first.

Momentum shifted in Dallas' direction in the second period - until the Avalanche scored at 17:20. Samuel Girard sent a pass to Johnson high in the left faceoff circle. Johnson one-timed a slap shot inside the left goalpost.

After two periods, the shots were even at 21.

Barrie scored at 5:19 of the third, sending a wrist shot from the top of the right circle in off the left post.

Seguin, frustrated by Grubauer on close-in shots, finally scored from the outside edge of the right circle.

NOTES: Johnson's goal, his first in 20 games, came on his 31st birthday. ... Barrie's 11th goal, his fourth in the past three games, was his 300th career point. ... Colorado acquired Grubauer in a trade with Washington completed during the 2018 NHL draft at the American Airlines Center, the Stars' home ice. ... Seguin's 28th goal ended a nine-game drought.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Return home Saturday for the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series with Chicago.

Stars: Complete a five-game homestand against Pittsburgh on Saturday before taking a four-game trip to western Canada.



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<![CDATA[NHL Reveals Cotton Bowl 2020 Winter Classic Plan]]>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:15:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cotton-bowl-winter-classic.jpg

Under the classic entrance of one of football's most historic sites, the NHL gave a glimpse at what a hockey game in the Cotton Bowl will look like. At a press conference in front of the stadium's main entrance, the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators were officially announced as the two teams set to face off on January 1st, 2020, in the NHL's twelfth outdoor Winter Classic.

"You are not going to believe what this iconic venue is going to look like," said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. "Dallas and Nashville are quintessential examples of the hockey boom."

"I've never played outdoor hockey, it was always street hockey for me (growing up)," said Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn. "You never thought we'd play an outdoor hockey game in Texas. I'm definitely looking forward to this."

Logistically, playing a hockey game in a stadium the size of the Cotton Bowl creates a unique set of challenges. For example, organizers are expecting the spectators will approach 80,000, four times the size of a maximum capacity crowd in the Stars home of the American Airlines Center.

"It's a lot bigger than an NHL rink, so we'll have to adjust," said Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop. "But you watch (the Winter Classic), dream about it, and think it's the coolest thing in the world. You see college football games in this stadium and see how many people are there. Now we get the same opportunity. It's a dream-come-true, a great opportunity for all of us and it should be a lot of fun."

The weather and potential warm temperatures in North Texas on New Year's Day could be a factor as well, though the NHL's commissioner believes the league is prepared.

"We've played an outdoor game in Los Angeles," said Bettman. "Our icemakers are incredible at what they do. If we didn't think we could have a great, successful event here, we wouldn't have announced what we have."

Confident in success in outdoor hockey in Dallas, and confident the Winter Classic in the Cotton Bowl will grow the game in North Texas in the years ahead.

The first edition of the classic was held in 2008 at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium -- home of the NFL's Bills -- between the Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Dallas is the ninth team to host the annual classic, joining the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will set the record for the southern-most location for any signature NHL outdoor contest.

Only NFL, MLB and college football stadiums have hosted the event, limiting potential venues in Dallas-Fort Worth to places like Globe Life Park, AT&T Stadium and the Cotton Bowl.

Tickets for the event will go on sale April 23. For more information about the game and to enter for a chance to win tickets, click here.



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<![CDATA[Radulov, Stars Too Much for Panthers 4-2]]>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 22:48:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/DallasStarsGoldenKnights.jpg

Alexander Radulov had two goals in the third period to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Coach Jim Montgomery reunited the Stars' three top scorers on the first line during the first period. In addition to Radulov's two goals and an assist, Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists and Tyler Seguin assisted on all four goals.

The Stars remained in position for the Western Conference's first wild-card spot and stayed within two points of third-place St. Louis in the Central Division.

Midway through the third period, Seguin reached up to keep the puck inside the blue line. He then passed to Benn for a 2-on-1 break. Benn passed across to Radulov, who beat Panthers rookie goalie Sam Montembeault with a snap shot to make it 3-2.

Radulov was awarded the empty-net goal, his 24th of the season because a Florida player threw his stick at the puck.

John Klingberg scored on the power play in the second period to give Dallas a 2-1 lead.

Dallas goalie Ben Bishop extended his winning streak to six games, but his franchise-record scoreless streak ended at 2:33:04 at 2:11 of the first period.

Aleksander Barkov deflected Jonathan Huberdeau's shot from the right-side boards over the goalie and Barkov added a power-play goal that tied the game at 2 late in the second period.

Klingberg had given Dallas a lead for the first time in three games at 10:38. His wrist shot from above the top of the slot beat Montembeault. It was the Stars' first power-play goal in four games and only the second in the past 19 opportunities.

Barkov made it 2-2 at 16:57 of the second. His wrist shot inside the left post came against a Dallas penalty-killing unit that had been successful in 20 of the previous 21 opportunities.

NOTES: Barkov has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in a seven-game scoring streak. The 23-year-old has career highs of 32 goals, 53 assists and 85 points. ... The Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau has five points (one goal, four assists) in the past three games. ... Stars C Jason Spezza was a healthy scratch for only the second time in his 16-year career. ... Tyler Seguin's four assists increased his season total to 42. He has reached 40 five times in his nine NHL seasons. In the past nine games, he has not scored a goal but has nine assists.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Begin a two-game homestand on Thursday against Arizona.

Stars: Play Colorado on Thursday in the third of a five-game homestand.



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<![CDATA[Leivo Scores in Shootout, Canucks Beat Stars]]>Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:52:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Josh-Leivo-Getty-031719.jpg

Josh Leivo scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.

Leivo's shot went over Stars goalie Anton Khudobin after Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom had stopped four Dallas skaters.

Vancouver's Tim Schaller scored twice in the first 11 minutes for his first goals in nearly a year. It was his first career multi-goal game. Markstrom finished with 44 saves.

Jamie Benn and Taylor Fedun had the goals for Dallas. Khudobin had 25 saves and stopped a penalty shot for the second straight game. The Stars, who hold the first wild card in the Western Conference, remained two points behind third-place St. Louis in the Central Division.

Fedun tied the score with 3:50 left in regulation as he sent a rising slap shot from above the left faceoff in to Markstrom's left side, and the puck trickled past the goal line.

Both of Schaller's goals followed battles for the puck in the left corner of the Canucks' offensive zone. On the first, 52 seconds into the game, Jay Beagle dug out the puck and sent it to Schaller. He skated behind the net toward the right corner, from where he fitted a wrist shot into a gap between Khudobin's glove and the right goalpost.

For Schaller's second goal, Brock Boeser got control of the puck and passed to Elias Pettersson. He passed to Schaller at the top of the left faceoff circle for a snap shot that beat Khudobin with 9:07 left in the period.

Schaller had not scored in 55 regular-season and playoff games since last March 29 while playing for Boston. Three games before that, he had scored a short-handed goal in Dallas. Schaller has 23 career goals in 214 games. His three against the Stars, in seven games, are the most he has scored against any team.

A frequent healthy scratch this season, Schaller was in the lineup for just the third time in 19 games.

For the second game in a row, Khudobin gave up a goal in the first minute of the game and stopped a penalty shot in the second period.

John Klingberg was penalized for holding Pettersson on a breakaway. The Canucks' leading scorer skated in close enough that Khudobin could poke the puck away from him.

The Stars finally scored on their 27th shot on goal, with 22 seconds left in the second period. Benn took a pass from Valeri Nichushkin in the right circle and whistled a wrist shot past Markstrom and inside the left post for his 26th.

NOTES
C Tyler Seguin, who leads the Stars with 27 goals, has not scored in eight games. ... Vancouver has successfully killed 15 of 16 penalties over the past seven games. Dallas is 1 for 17 on the power play in the last seven. ... The Canucks have won their three games over two seasons in Dallas by a combined score of 13-3.

UP NEXT
Canucks: At Chicago on Monday night to complete a two-day trip before a seven-game homestand.

Stars: Host Florida on Tuesday night in the third of a five-game homestand.

 
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   DALLAS (AP) -- Josh Leivo scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 winover the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.
   Leivo's shot went over Stars goalie Anton Khudobin after Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom had stopped four Dallas skaters.
   Vancouver's Tim Schaller scored twice in the first 11 minutes for his first goals in nearly a year. It was his first career multi-goal game. Markstrom finished with 44 saves.
   Jamie Benn and Taylor Fedun had the goals for Dallas. Khudobin had 25 saves and stopped a penalty shot for the second straight game. The Stars, who hold the first wild card in the Western Conference, remained two points behind third-place St. Louis in the Central Division.
   Fedun tied the score with 3:50 left in regulation as he sent a rising slap shot from above the left faceoff in to Markstrom's left side, and the puck trickled past the goal line.
   Both of Schaller's goals followed battles for the puck in the left corner of the Canucks' offensive zone. On the first, 52 seconds into the game, Jay Beagle dug out the puck and sent it to Schaller. He skated behind the net toward the right corner, from where he fitted a wrist shot into a gap between Khudobin's glove and the right goalpost.
   For Schaller's second goal, Brock Boeser got control of the puck and passed to Elias Pettersson. He passed to Schaller at the top of the left faceoff circle for a snap shot that beat Khudobin with 9:07 left in the period.
   Schaller had not scored in 55 regular-season and playoff games since last March 29 while playing for Boston. Three games before that, he had scored a short-handed goal in Dallas. Schaller has 23 career goals in 214 games. His three against the Stars, in seven games, are the most he has scored against any team.
   A frequent healthy scratch this season, Schaller was in the lineup for just the third time in 19 games.
   For the second game in a row, Khudobin gave up a goal in the first minute of the game and stopped a penalty shot in the second period.
   John Klingberg was penalized for holding Pettersson on a breakaway. The Canucks' leading scorer skated in close enough that Khudobin could poke the puck away from him.
   The Stars finally scored on their 27th shot on goal, with 22 seconds left in the second period. Benn took a pass from Valeri Nichushkin in the right circle and whistled a wrist shot past Markstrom and inside the left post for his 26th.
   NOTES: C Tyler Seguin, who leads the Stars with 27 goals, has not scored in eight games. ... Vancouver has successfully killed 15 of 16 penalties over the past seven games. Dallas is 1 for 17 on the power play in the last seven. ... The Canucks have won their three games over two seasons in Dallas by a combined score of 13-3.
   UP NEXT
   Canucks: At Chicago on Monday night to complete a two-day trip before a seven-game homestand.
   Stars: Host Florida on Tuesday night in the third of a five-game homestand.
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<![CDATA[Stars Overcome Bishop's Injury in Win Over Wild]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 22:20:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Radek-Faksa-Stars-Getty-031419.jpg

Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz and Joel L'Esperance scored for Dallas in a span of 2:22 early in the second period, and the Stars hung on for a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild after goalie Ben Bishop was hurt Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced in relief of Bishop, who made seven saves and established a franchise record by stretching his scoreless streak to 240:53 before exiting with a lower-body injury.

Alexander Radulov added an empty-netter for the Stars, who have won six of their last seven games -- five in regulation.

Jason Zucker had the only goal for the Wild, who took a big hit in the Western Conference wild-card race with this loss. They're in ninth place with 74 points and 11 games to go, trailing Arizona for the final spot. The Coyotes had 75 points entering their game against Anaheim.

The Stars, meanwhile, moved into a tie with St. Louis for third place in the Central Division with 79 points. They have 12 games remaining, as do the Blues.

At the 4:11 mark of the second period, Blake Comeau sent an off-balance one-timer from right inside the blue line into the slot where Faksa blindly tipped it past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk as Comeau fell down for his fourth goal in his last 10 games.

Hintz, who scored twice Tuesday in a 3-0 win at Buffalo, knocked in a sprawling rebound just 1:14 later that sneaked between Dubnyk's pads and crept across the goal line. Then a mere 1:08 after that, Jamie Benn's backhand pass from the boards was deflected in by L'Esperance for his first NHL goal.

The goalie change immediately followed, except this switch was strangely made by the scoring team. That's because Bishop, who leads the NHL in save percentage and posted shutouts in each of his last three starts, was injured.

Khudobin, a seventh-round draft pick by the Wild in 2004 who's in his 10th season in the NHL, picked up right where Bishop left off. Zucker ended an 0-for-18 slump by the Wild on the power play over their last six games with his rebound backhand midway through the second period , but that's all they managed.

Minnesota's five-game homestand started sluggishly with a 3-0 loss to Pacific Division leader San Jose on Monday.

This was already going to be a critical response for a team still trying to find some momentum in this sidewinding season dented by the loss to injuries of top-scoring defenseman Matt Dumba (39 games missed) and captain and center Mikko Koivu (18 games missed), and disrupted by three separate forward-for-forward swaps that brought Victor Rask, Ryan Donato and Kevin Fiala into the lineup over the last two months.

Throw the Western Conference standings into the equation, and this matchup with the Stars became one of the Wild's most important games of the month. They fell flat again, losing their third straight game and falling to 1-6-3 in their last 10 home games since Jan. 19.

NOTES
Zucker has seven goals in the last 10 games. ... Tyler Seguin, who had the first assist on Hintz's goal, has 32 points in 28 career games against the Wild. ... Minnesota's Luke Kunin (upper body) returned from a two-game injury absence, but fellow center Joel Eriksson Ek was scratched. ... L'Esperance, recalled from the AHL on Feb. 27, skated in his 11th NHL game.

UP NEXT
Stars: Return to Dallas to start a five-game homestand, beginning with the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.

Wild: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Bishop Records 3rd Straight Shutout, Stars Beat Sabres 2-0]]>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 22:12:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Bishop-Getty-013019.jpg

Ben Bishop made 35 saves for his third straight shutout, and the Dallas Stars beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Bishop extended his career-best shutout streak to 204 minutes, 20 seconds. It's the second-longest run for a Stars goaltender behind Ed Belfour's streak of 219 minutes, 26 seconds that ran from Nov. 17-24, 2000. He is the third goaltender in franchise history with three consecutive shutouts.

Rookie Roope Hintz scored twice for Dallas in the opener of a two-game trip. The Stars have won five of six and remain on top of the Western Conference wild-card standings with 77 points.

Buffalo played without captain Jack Eichel, who began serving a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Colorado's Carl Soderberg.

Linus Ullmark stopped 25 shots for the Sabres, who have lost five in a row.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead when Hintz scored midway through the second period. Jason Dickinson's shot from the point bounced to the right side of the net, where Hintz skated in and lifted a shot over Ullmark's shoulder.

Hintz got his seventh of the season on a power play with 6:48 remaining in the second. His wrist shot from outside the right circle beat Ullmark to the far post.

Dallas could not convert on a pair of power plays during the scoreless first period. The Stars' best scoring chance was thwarted when Ullmark made a gliding glove save on a point-blank one-timer from Jamie Benn a little more than seven minutes into the game.

NOTES: Bishop has won his last 12 starts against Buffalo, the second-longest active streak against a single opponent in the NHL. In addition to Bishop and Balfour, Cesare Maniago had three straight shutouts for the Minnesota North Stars from Dec. 13-16, 1967. ... Stars F Blake Comeau recorded his 300th career point on the first goal by Hintz. ... Sabres F Alexander Nylander made his season debut after being called up from the minors following Eichel's suspension. Nylander was Buffalo's first-round pick in the 2016 draft. ... Stars F Valeri Nichushkin entered the lineup in place of Brett Ritchie and D Jamie Oleksiak took Taylor Fedun's spot. Coach Jim Montgomery said the moves were made to help keep players fresh for the busy week.

UP NEXT

Stars: Conclude road trip Thursday at Minnesota.

Sabres: Host Pittsburgh on Thursday.



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<![CDATA[DeBrincat Helps Blackhawks Beat Stars]]>Sun, 10 Mar 2019 00:01:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alex-DeBrincat-Getty-030919.jpg

Alex DeBrincat and David Kampf scored on odd-man rushes in the first period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Saturday night.

Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks shut out the Stars for the last 53:37 in the team's second straight win. Crawford made 26 saves in his third victory in four games since recovering from a concussion.

Dallas maintained its lead for the first wild card in the Western Conference, but slipped to four points behind third-place St. Louis in the Central Division. The Stars had won four in a row.

Alexander Radulov scored for Dallas, and Anton Khudobin made 37 saves.

Chicago jumped in front when Kampf and Chris Kunitz combined on a textbook 2-on-1. Kampf skated down the right side, passed across to Kunitz, received a return pass and beat Khudobin 5:10 into the first period.

It was the first goal allowed by Dallas in three games. The Stars were coming off consecutive shutouts against Colorado and the New York Rangers.

Radulov scored his fourth goal in two games at 6:23 of the first. He took the rebound of a shot by Tyler Seguin, skated to the right of the net and slid a backhand behind Crawford.

Defenseman Connor Murphy started the play that restored the Blackhawks' one-goal lead. He dived to bat the puck out to Patrick Kane, who skated through the neutral zone and passed to DeBrincat behind the Dallas defense. He had an easy wrist shot from the slot 36 seconds before the period ended.

Chicago dominated the second period, outshooting Dallas 15-9, but neither team scored. The best chance came with 12 seconds left, when Khudobin made a sprawling save as Dominik Kahun tried to tuck a short wrist shot inside the left goalpost.

NOTES
The Stars missed a chance to tie a franchise record with a third straight shutout. The first-year expansion Minnesota North Stars' Cesare Maniago had three in a row Dec. 13-16, 1967. ... In 47 career games against Dallas, Kane has 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists). ... The visiting team has won all three games to date in the season series. ... The only three power plays were for Chicago, which fell to 2 for 23 over six-plus games. The Stars have been successful on their last 14 penalty kills.

UP NEXT
Blackhawks: Return home to play Arizona on Monday.

Stars: Begin a two-game trip at Buffalo on Tuesday.

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   DALLAS (AP) -- Alex DeBrincat and David Kampf scored on odd-man rushes in the first period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Saturday night.
   Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks shut out the Stars for the last 53:37 in the team's second straight win. Crawford made 26 saves in his third victory in four games since recovering from a concussion.
   Dallas maintained its lead for the first wild card in the Western Conference, but slipped to four points behind third-place St. Louis in the Central Division. The Stars had won four in a row.
   Alexander Radulov scored for Dallas, and Anton Khudobin made 37 saves.
   Chicago jumped in front when Kampf and Chris Kunitz combined on a textbook 2-on-1. Kampf skated down the right side, passed across to Kunitz, received a return pass and beat Khudobin 5:10 into the first period.
   It was the first goal allowed by Dallas in three games. The Stars were coming off consecutive shutouts against Colorado and the New York Rangers.
   Radulov scored his fourth goal in two games at 6:23 of the first. He took the rebound of a shot by Tyler Seguin, skated to the right of the net and slid a backhand behind Crawford.
   Defenseman Connor Murphy started the play that restored the Blackhawks' one-goal lead. He dived to bat the puck out to Patrick Kane, who skated through the neutral zone and passed to DeBrincat behind the Dallas defense. He had an easy wrist shot from the slot 36 seconds before the period ended.
   Chicago dominated the second period, outshooting Dallas 15-9, but neither team scored. The best chance came with 12 seconds left, when Khudobin made a sprawling save as Dominik Kahun tried to tuck a short wrist shot inside the left goalpost.
   NOTES: The Stars missed a chance to tie a franchise record with a third straight shutout. The first-year expansion Minnesota North Stars' Cesare Maniago had three in a row Dec. 13-16, 1967. ... In 47 career games against Dallas, Kane has 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists). ... The visiting team has won all three games to date in the season series. ... The only three power plays were for Chicago, which fell to 2 for 23 over six-plus games. The Stars have been successful on their last 14 penalty kills.
   UP NEXT
   Blackhawks: Return home to play Arizona on Monday.
   Stars: Begin a two-game trip at Buffalo on Tuesday.
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<![CDATA[Radulov Hat Trick, Bishop Shutout as Stars Beat Avs 4-0]]>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 23:46:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Alexander Radulov recorded his first career hat trick in his return after missing the previous game for disciplinary reasons, and Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots in his second consecutive shutout as the Dallas Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 on Thursday night.

Jamie Benn added his 25th goal of the season for the Stars, who hold the first wild card in the Western Conference. Benn also assisted on Radulov's first goal.

Radulov scored once in each period, including an empty-net breakaway with 2:58 left in the game. That gave the 32-year-old Russian his first hat trick in his six NHL seasons, and he now has 20 goals this season.

With its fourth win in a row, Dallas has 75 points and moved five points ahead of the Avalanche, who started the night the first team out of the second wild card.

Radulov was a healthy scratch by coach Jim Montgomery and didn't play in the Stars' 1-0 home win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday after he arrived late for the morning skate. He was also benched for part of a period earlier this season.

Bishop got his 29th career shutout, and has held consecutive teams scoreless for the first time in his 362 career games over 11 NHL seasons. He had 28 saves in that win against the Rangers and has gone more than 124 minutes since giving up a goal.

Dallas went ahead to stay with 3:46 left in the first period when Radulov was in front of the net and shot the puck past Semyon Varlamov into the right side of the net. About midway through the second period, Radulov whizzed another shot into the right side, this time from the top of the right circle.

Benn scored on a one-timer after Jason Dickinson regained control of the puck after his shot was rejected by Varlamov. Dickinson was behind the net when he passed to Benn, who had a hat trick Saturday in St. Louis.

NOTES: Varlamov had 26 saves. He was replaced by backup Philipp Grubauer for a few minutes in the third period when he had to leave the ice to take care of a skate issue. He did return to the game. ... Stars F Andrew Cogliano was back in the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury. Cogliano, acquired from Anaheim in a trade in mid-January, had never before missed games because of injury in his 12 NHL seasons. ... Dallas F Radek Faksa (neck) didn't play. He missed the final 10 minutes Tuesday after getting into the boards on a play that drew a game misconduct penalty.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Host Buffalo on Saturday in the first of four consecutive home games.

Stars: Play their third home game in a row, Saturday against Chicago.



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<![CDATA[Klingberg Scores, Bishop Stops 29 Shots, Stars Blank Rangers]]>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 23:43:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Bishop-Getty-030519.jpg

Ben Bishop made 29 saves in his 28th career shutout, John Klingberg scored a second-period goal and the Dallas Stars beat the New York Rangers 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Dallas won its third straight to move one point ahead of Minnesota for the first wild card from the Western Conference.

Three of Bishop's four shutouts this season have been by a 1-0 score. His other shutout was in a 2-0 game.

Klingberg provided the offense 1:16 into the second period. He took a cross-ice pass from Miro Heiskanen at the blue line, skated to the top of the right circle and sent a wrist shot into the net off the left goalpost.

Alexandar Georgiev had 31 saves for New York, which hasn't won in five games.

Both goalies were on their game in a scoreless first period, with 11 saves each.

Georgiev had more difficult chances in the first. He stopped Radek Faksa on a breakaway and gloved Jamie Benn's shop from the top of the left circle off a faceoff. At 12:30, he saved a shot by Brett Ritchie just outside the blue point.

Bishop's best was at 17:40 on Vladislav Nemestnikov's snap shot as he skated down the slot.

Dallas killed three penalties in the first two periods. On the third, New York's Mika Zibanejad hit the crossbar behind Bishop.

The Stars' first power play followed. It was Tyler Seguin's turn to send a shot off a goalpost.

In the evenly played second period, Dallas outshot the Rangers 10-9.

New York killed a 5-on-3 power play in the third. With the Rangers still down a man, they nearly scored short-handed on a 2-on-1 break, but Brady Skjei shot wide right.

NOTES
Klingberg has goals in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from Oct. 9-15. He has nine goals, one more than last season's total. ... Dallas coach Jim Montgomery scratched RW Alexander Radulov after he arrived late for the morning skate. Radulov had been benched for part of a period earlier this season. ... Rangers C Mika Zibanejad received a 5-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct when he knocked Stars C Radek Faksa from the game midway through the third period. ... The Rangers entered the game with equal numbers of wins and losses in all games, against both the Eastern and the Western conferences and against each Western division. Georgiev's record coming in was 10-10-2.

UP NEXT
Rangers: Finish a two-game trip on Thursday at Detroit.

Stars: Play Colorado on Thursday in the second of a three-game homestand.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Pay Tribute to Team of Veterans]]>Tue, 05 Mar 2019 23:38:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars+Wounded+Warrior+030519.jpg

As the Dallas Stars faced off against the New York Rangers at the American Airlines Center Tuesday night, there was a third team represented on the ice.

To start the game, Navy veteran Russ Lusk joined players from both teams for an honorary puck drop before a game he's grown to love.

It's a moment he couldn't have imagined a year ago when Chris Whipple founded the Dallas Warriors after relocating to Texas from New York.

"He realized that there was a lack of veteran hockey in the DFW area, so he put his foot to the grindstone," Lusk said. "He literally just started making calls to people back in Buffalo and figured out how he could grow this brand in the DFW area."

In its first year, it's brought together more than 80 men and women who served their country and returned home with some kind of disability.

"We have a member that has a prosthetic leg. We have members that have traumatic brain injuries from IED explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan," Lusk said.

None of which, he said, seems to matter when they're together on the ice.

"As a veteran that's suffered from PTSD from combat and things of that nature, it's allowed me to have a family that I can turn to at any time," Lusk said.

It's a family that was placed on a pedestal Tuesday when the Dallas Stars invited Lusk out on the ice for an honorary puck drop and promised proceeds from raffle sales, the mystery puck and jersey auctions. But more simply, the gesture was a show of support for veterans and fellow hockey players who understand the word "team" more than most.

"The camaraderie, the relationships, the things that we miss from being on active duty. You don't realize just how important those relationships are and how much we need them post service," Lusk said.

The Dallas Warriors are just one of several teams for disabled veterans around the country. They continue to accept new players of all ability levels along, with donations to cover ice time and tournament play.



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<![CDATA[Benn Gets Hat Trick as Stars Beat Blues]]>Sat, 02 Mar 2019 23:44:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jamie-Benn-Getty-030219.jpg

Jamie Benn had three goals for his fifth career hat trick, and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Saturday night.

John Klingberg had a goal and an assist, and St. Louis native Ben Bishop made 29 saves as the Stars improved to 3-1 this season and 6-1-0 in their last seven games against the Blues. Dallas has won three of its last four and pulled three points behind St. Louis for third place in the Central Division.

Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues, who snapped a seven-game home winning streak. It was also their fourth loss in six games since Dallas snapped their franchise-record 11-game win streak on Feb. 21. Jordan Binnington had 17 saves while falling to 15-3-1 in 19 career starts.

The Blues appeared to gain some life after Pietrangelo got the Blues on the board with 4:20 left in the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1.

But Benn, back in the lineup after missing two games with an upper body injury, answered with a power-play goal with 2:49 remaining in the second. Tyler Seguin and Klingberg got the assists to help stymie the St. Louis comeback.

Benn scored an empty-netter late in the third to complete the hat trick.

Benn redirected Taylor Fedun's shot to give the Stars a 1-0 lead with 3:08 left in the first period. Benn has 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 39 career games against St. Louis.

Klingberg made it 2-0 with 1:16 left in the first, picking out the upper right corner with a quick wrister from the slot. It was his first goal in 12 games dating back to Feb. 4.

NOTES
Stars LW Blake Comeau had an assist on Klingberg's goal, giving him 299 career points. ... Blues LW Jaden Schwartz was fined $5,000 by the league for a cross-check of Carolina's Dougie Hamilton during Friday's game. ... The Stars reassigned RW Denis Gurianov to Texas of the AHL to make room for Benn. ... The Blues recalled F Sammy Blais under emergency conditions. He replaced C Robby Fabbri, who was a healthy scratch.

UP NEXT
Dallas: Hosts the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

St. Louis: At Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Hintz's Goal in OT Gives Stars Victory Over Kings]]>Fri, 01 Mar 2019 08:54:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1128193206-Hintz-Stars.jpg

Roope Hintz and the Dallas Stars got a big win Thursday night in what is becoming a competitive race in the Western Conference.

Hintz's goal 3:19 into overtime to lift the Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings that vaulted them into the first wild-card spot. They are a point ahead of Minnesota and Colorado, while Arizona is only two points back.

"Everyone in this locker room is aware of where we are at in the standings," said Dallas forward Blake Comeau, who had two assists. "We're playing a lot of these teams that we are in the race with coming down the stretch. Not to take anything away from LA, but they are not fighting for a playoff spot. This is definitely a game we had to win."

Hintz scored in a mad scramble in front of the net after Alexander Radulov's shot bounced off Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick. Dallas trailed 3-2 after two periods, but Radek Faksa tied it at 9:53 of the third when he scored his 12th goal of the season on a rebound of a slap shot by Comeau.

"We needed to get pucks deep and get a lot of shots, that way we were able to get rebounds," said Hintz, who has five goals this season.

The Kings have dropped 10 straight -- the second-longest losing streak in franchise history -- and are at the bottom of the Western Conference. Of those losses, four have been either in overtime or a shootout.

"It's frustrating to lose it in the third. It seems like that's a common trend right now," Kings defenseman Sean Walker said.

What makes this loss even more frustrating for Los Angeles is that it led 2-0 in the first period and 3-2 going into the third, only to fall short again.

Tyler Seguin and Mattias Janmark had Dallas' other goals, while Ben Lovejoy also had two assists. Anton Khudobin made 27 saves.

"It was definitely a gutsy effort. We fell behind 2-0 and I thought from that 6 1/2-minute mark on, we played with a lot of passion and purpose," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. "Seguin got us that first goal and we just continued to build from there."

Anze Kopitar scored two goals and had an assist for Los Angeles. Brendan Leipsic added a goal and Quick stopped 29 shots.

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Kopitar opened the scoring at 7:57 when he tapped in Sean Walker's pass. The Kings extended their lead at 13:28 on the power play as Drew Doughty's shot from the point deflected off Leipsic, who got his fifth goal of the season.

It was Los Angeles' first power-play goal in six games and broke a string during which it had not converted in its last 15 opportunities.

Dallas cut the lead in half 80 seconds later when Seguin took Taylor Fedun's pass near the crease and beat Quick on his stick side for his team-high 27th of the season. The Stars then tied it at 2 6:14 into the second on Janmark's backhander in front of the net for his sixth.

Los Angeles regained the lead at 11:46 of the second on Kopitar's team-leading 19th goal of the season. Khudobin made a pad save on Tyler Toffoli's wrist shot, but Kopitar was able to corral the rebound and put it into the net.

"Obviously tonight it was better, but at the end of the day it's the wins that come and the two points, but we couldn't get it done again," Kopitar said.

RARE MISS

Dallas center Andrew Cogliano missed his first game due to injury in his 12-year career. Cogliano flew back to Dallas to get treatment after suffering a shoulder injury during Tuesday's loss to Vegas.

The only two games Cogliano missed previously were due to a suspension last season when he was with Anaheim. That suspension broke a streak of 830 consecutive games played, which was the fourth-longest in NHL history. The Stars acquired Cogliano in a trade with the Ducks on Jan. 14.

NOTES: Dallas LW Jamie Benn and Los Angeles LW Ilya Kovalchuk were both scratched due to upper-body injuries. ... This was only the sixth game this season where the Kings have scored two or more goals in the first period. ... Seguin has eight goals and 19 points in 21 career games against the Kings.

UP NEXT

Stars: Travel to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday to complete a four-game road trip.

Kings: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Golden Knights Top Stars]]>Wed, 27 Feb 2019 05:14:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tyler+Seguin+100218.jpg

After clashing for years in the Atlantic Division, new Vegas teammates Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone suddenly found themselves on the same side Tuesday night.

Worked pretty well together, too.

Pacioretty scored two goals, including the tiebreaker with 5:08 remaining, to lift the Golden Knights to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars.

With the teams tied 1-all, Pacioretty fired the puck from behind the net and it ricocheted off Dallas forward Tyler Seguin's skate past goaltender Ben Bishop for his fourth game-winner of the season.

"When I scored, (Stone) said, `I never thought I'd be cheering for one of your goals,"' said Pacioretty, who was acquired from Montreal in September. "Just the nature of the sport. He's a great guy and he's going to be here for a long time and I'm really looking forward to playing with him."

The win was a celebration for Stone, traded from Ottawa with prospect Tobias Lindberg just before Monday's deadline for forward Oscar Lindberg, prospect Erik Brannstrom and a 2020 second-round draft pick that originally belonged to Dallas.

"We had a lot of battles. ... You've got to learn to expect the unexpected in this game," Stone said. "As a professional athlete you never know where you're going to end up next. It's exciting to be able to play with these types of guys."

It was a much-needed victory for Vegas, which had been outscored 45-30 during a 3-9-1 slide. The Golden Knights improved to 2-6-1 in their last nine home games and 4-1-0 all-time against Dallas.

Nate Schmidt and Brayden McNabb added empty-net goals. Marc-Andre Fleury, playing in his 100th game with the Golden Knights, snapped a five-game losing streak by making 23 saves. The 15-year veteran lost eight of his previous 10 starts, allowing 24 goals over his past six games.

"It was very frustrating and challenging cause a lot of those losses were at home and we've had so much success here and we want to be a tough team to play here in front of our fans because they're always so good to us," Fleury said. "You always want to work on little things, try to get better and try to figure it out and tonight it finally feels good to come off with the win."

The physicality from both teams was evident with a combined 86 hits, including several by Vegas enforcer and fan favorite Ryan Reaves.

"The guys have been hungry for winning a hockey game," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "It was a good recipe for us tonight. I thought Reavo really set the tone for us; he had some huge hits. Nabber (McNabb) stepped up and had some real big hits. We played a hard game. Dallas is a tough team. They play a hard game, too."

Roope Hintz scored for the Stars, and Bishop was brilliant all night in making a season-high 44 saves. Bishop, who has played just twice since Feb. 4 after spending two weeks on injured reserve, was 4-0 prior to getting hurt but has lost two straight.

Vegas peppered Bishop in the third period when it outshot the Stars 21-1, including a stretch with a 5-on-3 power play. Bishop stood tall in turning away eight shots while the Golden Knights had a two-man advantage.

"We kill off the 5-on-3 and thought we would build momentum off that and we didn't," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. "Then they get the miscommunication on the breakout and they get a bounce off a skate. I don't know outside of the 5-on-3 how many scoring chances they had 5-on-5."

Hintz gave Dallas a 1-0 lead although replays showed Alexander Radulov running into Fleury's right elbow and blocker while he was moving into position to make the save. The puck sailed just past Fleury's blocker as it was being interfered with, and though the play was reviewed, officials deemed it a good goal.

Vegas got the equalizer on a power play in the middle of the second period, when Pacioretty ripped a shot top shelf from the right circle. It was Vegas' first power-play goal in four games and just its second in the last eight.

NOTES: After being checked into the boards during the first period by Reaves, Stars wing Andrew Cogliano left the game and did not return due to an upper-body injury. ... Jamie Benn didn't play against Vegas due to an upper-body injury but is expected to return Thursday in Los Angeles. ... Newly acquired Mats Zuccarello, who broke his arm Sunday while blocking a shot from Connor Murphy when the Stars were in Chicago, is expected to miss at least four weeks following surgery. ... Radulov has nine points (three goals, six assists) over his last 11 games. ... Vegas center Paul Stastny has a point in 18 of his last 25 games (five goals, 19 assists). ... Bishop has allowed two or fewer goals in six of his last seven starts.

UP NEXT

Stars: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Golden Knights: Host the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Spezza Scores on Power Play, Stars Beat Blackhawks]]>Sun, 24 Feb 2019 23:30:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/166*120/GettyImages-1131892086.jpg

The Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks -- and lost their prized newcomer.

Jason Spezza broke a tie on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period and Dallas beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Sunday after blowing a three-goal lead.

The victory was overshadowed by the loss of Mats Zuccarello with what he thought was a broken right arm in his first game with Dallas. Acquired from the New York Rangers on Saturday, Zuccarello had a goal and assist, but left after two periods and is expected to be sidelined at least four weeks.

"I blocked a shot and it hit me the wrong way," said Zuccarello, whose arm was in a soft cast with a splint. "It's unfortunate.I kind of knew it right away, not that it was broken, but something was wrong."

Zuccarello said he'd have the arm evaluated Monday or Tuesday.

On the winner, Spezza took Alexander Radulov's feed across the crease and tapped the puck past goalie Cam Ward. Radulov and Radek Faksa also scored and Anton Khudobin made 44 saves for the Stars, who pulled two points ahead of idle Colorado and into the first Western Conference wild card.

Dallas forward Jamie Benn suffered an upper-body injury during the first shift of the game and didn't return. He's out day-to-day.

"It's an incredibly gritty win for us, one that we needed, on a really tough back-to-back," Spezza said. "With the bodies going down throughout the game, I thought we responded well."

Despite being outshot 47-29 as the Blackhawks came on late, the Stars prevailed after a listless 3-0 loss at home to Carolina on Saturday.

"It's inspiring," coach Jim Montgomery said. "To watch those players as a team, as a group, overcome the adversity we had to overcome."

Chicago star Patrick Kane was held off the scoresheet, ending his points streak at 20 games, even though he was visible in creating chances.

"He was involved," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "It just didn't go in for him or the guys he was playing with."

Chris Kunitz, Drake Caggiula and Jonathan Toews tied it for Blackhawks after they fell behind 3-0 early in the second period. Duncan Keith and Erik Gustafsson each had two assists, and Ward stopped 25 shots.

Chicago dropped its second straight game after winning 10 of 12. For the second straight game, Chicago dominated for most of the contest but didn't get a point.

"I liked it a lot, the last two periods in particular," Collition said. "I don't care how well you play, it's going to be tough to pull out of it against team, they're scratching and clawing just like us.

"We've got to keep improving. We've got to find a way to get paid off for it too."

Defenseman Ben Lovejoy, acquired from New Jersey on Saturday, also played his first game with Dallas.

The Stars capitalized on a pair of Blackhawks breakdowns to take a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Set up by Zuccarello's long pass from the Dallas zone, Faksa got past Gustafsson, broke in alone and beat Ward between the pads 11:35 in to open the scoring. Gustafsson found himself alone in the Chicago zone after the blade on defense partner Slater Koekkoek's skate fell out.

Radulov, alone in front of the net, made it 2-0 on a backhander with 2:32 left in the period. He was set up on a quick feed by Miro Heiskanen, who had picked of Gustav Forsling's pass near the point.

Zuccarello made it 3-0 at 1:44 of the second when he whipped in Tyler Seguin's cross-ice feed from lower edge of the right circle.

Kunitz cut it to 3-1 on a one-timer from the slot 1:14 later. Caggiula trimmed it to 3-2 with 4:23 left in the second on a tip-in that required a video review to confirm. Caggiula's deflection of feed was ruled no-goal by referees when Khudobin lunged and gloved the puck at the goal line, but the review determined the puck had completely crossed the line.

Toews 29th goal, on a power-play at 4:16 of the third, tied it at 3. He connected on a screened shot from the top of the right circle.

Dallas killed a double-minor high-sticking penalty to Roman Polak in the final five minutes to hang on for the win.

NOTES: Chicago D Brent Seabrook returned after missing three games with an abdominal strain. C Marcus Kruger was back in action after leaving Friday's game after blocking a shot. ... Radulov returned after sitting out Saturday due to an illness. ... To get Zuccarello, Dallas sent the Rangers a conditional second-round draft pick this year and a conditional third-round selection in 2020. The 2019 pick would become a first-rounder if Dallas advances to the conference finals this spring and Zuccarello plays in at least 50 percent of the team's cumulative games over the first two rounds. The 2020 pick becomes a first-rounder if Zuccarello signs with Dallas.

UP NEXT:

Stars: At Vegas on Tuesday night.

Blackhawks: At Anaheim on Wednesday night.



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<![CDATA[Stars Acquire Forward Mats Zuccarello From Rangers]]>Sat, 23 Feb 2019 22:18:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mats-Zuccarello-Getty-022319.jpg

The Dallas Stars have acquired forward Mats Zuccarello from the New York Rangers to bolster their push for a playoff spot.

The Rangers are receiving a conditional second-round draft pick this year and a conditional third-round pick in the 2010 draft in the deal announced Saturday night.

Zuccarello had 113 goals and 239 assists in 509 games over parts of nine seasons in New York. This season, he had 11 goals and 26 assists in 46 games.

"He's gonna bring some more scoring, he's an offensive player, so he's going to bring some offensive capabilities to us," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "He's an energetic player, real puck chaser and just plays the game the right way."

The 31-year-old Norwegian goes from a Rangers team in rebuilding mode to a Stars team that is tied with Colorado for the wild card spots in the Western Conference.

Earlier in the day, Dallas acquired defenseman Ben Lovejoy in a trade with New Jersey.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[McElhinney Stops 24 Shots, Hurricanes Beat Stars]]>Sat, 23 Feb 2019 22:28:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Curtis-McElhinney-Getty-022319.jpg

Barely tested through the first two periods, Curtis McElhinney was unbeatable when the Dallas Stars picked up their intensity in the third.

McElhinney made 14 of his 24 saves in the final period for an easy 10th career shutout, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Stars 3-0 on Saturday for their fifth win in six games.

"It was a great first two periods, really minimized their shots," McElhinney said. "It was 10 after two. That's huge against a highly skilled team."

Stars coach Jim Montgomery didn't see much skill from his team.

"Carolina skated us right out of the rink," he said.

Lucas Wallmark and Justin Faulk scored early in the first two periods to support McElhinney's second shutout of the season and the Hurricanes' fourth in 10 games, including 3-0 wins in both games of the season series against Dallas.

"(McElhinney's) just settling back there," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "You just don't think it's going to end up in your net. That's what we need.

Jordan Martinook added an empty-netter with 2:31 to play.

"That was a great game, really, from start to finish," Brind'Amour said. "Guys dug in. Everybody's contributing in some form or fashion right now, and that's obviously what we need to keep going."

As a result, the Hurricanes, who began the day one point behind Pittsburgh for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference, remained in the thick of the playoff race.

Ben Bishop finished with 28 saves for the Stars, 1-5-1 in their last seven games but still clinging to a Western Conference wild card position with 21 games remaining.

The Stars were coming off Thursday's win against St. Louis, when they handed the Blues their only loss in the last 13 games.

"The emotional win against St. Louis sometimes takes a taxing toll," Montgomery said. "It should galvanize you. It's disappointing."

Wallmark's goal came after Greg McKegg outmaneuvered Dallas' Taylor Fedun with the puck for a 2-on-1 break. McKegg passed across to Wallmark in the right faceoff circle, and he beat Bishop with a snap shot at 3:14 of the first.

Each team had a good scoring chance later in the period, but Carolina's Justin Williams hit the left goalpost on a 2-on-1 and the Stars' Jamie Benn had McElhinney out of position on a breakaway but sent a short backhand into the left post.

The Hurricanes extended their lead to 2-0 at 1:01 of the second, with 4 seconds remaining on a 5-on-3 advantage. Faulk sent a snap shot from the top of the right circle to the upper left corner of the net for his second power-play goal in two games.

"(Faulk's) been snake-bit all year," Brind'Amour said. "Just lately, the puck's been going in."

Dallas' Radek Faksa appeared to score with 49 seconds remaining in the middle period, but the goal was waved off because of goaltender interference by Blake Comeau.

"It was goalie interference for sure," Comeau said. "Blake didn't get pushed, he just couldn't stop."

NOTES
After the game, the Stars acquired F Mats Zuccarello from the New York Rangers for two conditional draft picks. ... Hurricanes C Jordan Staal returned to the lineup after missing 27 games with a concussion. "I felt better as the game went on, which I was expecting the opposite. Just kind of got in the flow and the legs going a little bit." .... Bishop played for the first time since Feb. 4 because of an upper-body injury. ... Stars RW Alexander Radulov did not play because of an illness. Jason Spezza moved up to the first line with Tyler Seguin and Roope Hintz. RW Valeri Nichushkin, a healthy scratch in five of the previous eight games, took Spezza's place skating with Mattias Janmark and Jason Dickinson. ... D Ben Lovejoy, acquired in a trade with New Jersey, did not play for Dallas. ... The Hurricanes clinched the best February record in their 21 seasons in Carolina. They're 9-3 with one game remaining; the nine wins is also a team record for the shortest month.

UP NEXT
Hurricanes: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday night to open a two-game homestand.

Stars: At Chicago on Sunday to open a four-game trip.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Stars Acquire Defenseman Ben Lovejoy in Trade With Devils]]>Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:56:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Lovejoy-Getty-022319.jpg

The Dallas Stars acquired veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy in a trade with the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

The Stars sent defenseman Connor Carrick and a 2019 third-round draft pick to the Devils in the deal reached two days before the NHL's trade deadline.

Lovejoy is an 11-year veteran and defensive specialist who won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016. He was second on the Devils with 77 blocked shots while playing a key penalty-killing role. He has two goals and seven points in 51 games this season and 20 goals and 99 points in 524 career games.

General manager Jim Nill called Lovejoy "an experienced, battle-tested player who has a track record of performing in meaningful late-season games."

With Marc Methot out after season-ending knee surgery last month and Stephen Johns (neck/head) having not played this season, Lovejoy is a boost to the Dallas defense. The Stars reacquired defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from Pittsburgh in a trade last month.

The trade comes with Dallas seeking to keep pace in the congested Western Conference playoff race in which five points separate the seventh-place Stars and 12th-place Vancouver.

Dallas was 2-4-1 in its past seven games going into Saturday's home game against Carolina. The Stars were coming off a 5-2 win Thursday over St. Louis that snapped a franchise-record 11-game winning streak by the Blues.

New Jersey was 14th in the 16-team Eastern Conference.

The 24-year-old Carrick had a goal and four points in 14 games with the Stars this season.

Lovejoy was a healthy scratch when the Devils played Thursday against Ottawa. Lovejoy had a plus-one rating in his 51 games, one of only two New Jersey's regulars in the positive.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Benn Scores 2 Goals as Stars Snap Blues' Record Win Streak]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 23:41:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1096729658.jpg

Stars captain Jamie Benn had his first multi-goal game since early October and Dallas beat St. Louis 5-2 on Thursday night, ending the Blues' franchise-record 11-game winning streak.

When Benn scored the game's first goal 3:46 into the second period, the Blues trailed for the first time since Feb. 5 -- a span of more than 517 minutes on the ice over 10 games.

Radek Faksa and Alexander Radulov put Dallas up 3-0 with goals in a 65-second span midway through the second period.

The Stars snapped a three-game losing streak in which they were shut out twice.

Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington entered the game with a 13-1-1 record and was riding a nine-game winning streak that was a rookie team record. The only other time he allowed four goals was Jan. 21 against the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3 in the last loss for him and the team.

Anton Khudobin stopped 43 shots while starting his seventh consecutive game for the Stars. Regular starting goaltender Ben Bishop, who missed the previous six games with an upper body injury, was active and on the bench as the backup after going through an optional practice Wednesday.

Benn scored his second goal of the night, and 21st of the season, when he redirected a flying puck with his stick with four minutes left in the second period to make it 4-1. His only other multi-goal game this season came Oct. 6, when he scored twice in a win over Winnipeg in the second game of the season.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 27th goal for the Blues on an assist from Ryan O'Reilly, who got his 24th goal of the season in the closing seconds of the second period.

Except for Tyler Seguin's empty-net goal in the final minute, all of the scoring was in the second period.

NOTES: The Blues were without C Brayden Schenn, who sustained an upper-body injury in their 3-2 overtime win against Toronto on Tuesday night. Coach Craig Berube isn't sure how long the injury will keep Schenn (11 goals, 28 assists) out of the lineup. ... Blues D Joel Edmundson broke his stick in two when he slammed it across the post following Benn's second goal. Edmundson had Benn pushed into the corner just before the score. ... Brett Ritchie of the Stars and Colton Parayko got five-minute majors for fighting after trading several hard punches in the second period.

UP NEXT

Blues: At Boston on Saturday.

Stars: Play their third home game in a row, Saturday against Carolina.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Josi Scores 2 in 3rd Period, Predators Beat Stars]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:45:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Roman-Josi-Getty-021919.jpg

Roman Josi scored the go-ahead goal with 12:25 to play and added an empty-netter to lift the Nashville Predators over the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Josi skated from behind the net into the slot, and his wrist shot hit defenseman Esa Lindell's skate and popped over goalie Anton Khudobin.

Nashville won for the second time in six games to move within a point of Central Division leader Winnipeg.

Dallas is 1-4-1 in its past six games.

Filip Forsberg tied the game at 3 with 1:44 left in the second period, 21 seconds after the Stars took their first lead with goals 26 seconds apart by Lindell on the power play and Tyler Seguin.

Ryan Ellis had three assists, all on Nashville's last three goals. Brian Boyle had a first-period goal, and Rocco Grimaldi scored in the second.

Jason Spezza scored the first of three Dallas goals in the second period. It was his first in 20 games since Dec. 29. He and Lindell each had a goal and an assist.

Pekka Rinne made 36 saves in his 21st win of the season for the Predators.

Khudobin stopped 42 shots.

Boyle scored at 10:50 of the first period, seven seconds after Dallas had killed the game's first power play. Khudobin stopped a close-range wrist shot, but Boyle skated in front to knock in the rebound.

The crowd reacted with boos for Boyle, who eight seconds before had driven Dallas scoring leader Seguin into the boards at the other end.

Boyle went into the penalty box for holding at 17:39 of the first, but the Predators killed that penalty despite five shots on Rinne.

Spezza tied the game with a wrist shot from the top of the slot at 3:31 of the second period. It was the first Dallas goal in 145:43 of playing time.

At 10:57 of the second, Grimaldi gave Nashville a 2-1 lead. He took a pass from Ryan Hartman, skated in alone on Khudobin and faked toward the left before putting the puck on his forehand and sliding it inside the right post.

NOTES
C Craig Smith (lower-body injury) was out of Nashville's lineup for the first time since Dec. 21, 2017. ... Stars G Ben Bishop sat out his sixth straight game, and LW Blake Comeau missed his third. They have upper-body injuries. ... Boyle's 15th goal was his second in seven games since the Predators traded a draft pick to New Jersey for him on Feb. 6. ... Lindell's power-play goal was the Stars' first in 13 man advantages over six games. ... The season series ended with Nashville 3-2 and Dallas 2-1-2.

UP NEXT
Predators: Host Los Angeles on Thursday to begin a three-game homestand.

Stars: Play Vegas on Thursday in the second of a four-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Mrazek Gets 3rd Shutout, Hurricanes Beat Stars]]>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 22:55:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Petr-Mrazek-Getty-021619.jpg

Petr Mrazek stopped 33 shots in his third shutout of the season and the Carolina Hurricanes moved into a wild-card playoff spot with a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Justin Williams and Brock McGinn scored less than four minutes apart in the first period and Mrazek did the rest, turning aside shot after shot. Micheal Ferland added a power-play goal in the third period.

The Hurricanes improved to 16-5-1 in their last 22 games, the most wins and points in the NHL in that span. With Pittsburgh's loss to Calgary earlier Saturday, Carolina moved into the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot. The Hurricanes are in a playoff spot for the first time this season. Carolina owns the NHL's longest playoff drought at nine seasons.

Anton Khudobin made 24 saves for the Dallas. The Stars were shut out for the second straight game, after losing 6-0 to Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Carolina started fast and never looked back. After generating a breakaway and a slew of odd-man rushes in the opening minutes, Sebastian Aho fed Williams on a two-on-one to open the scoring 3:48 in.

Just 3:22 later, McGinn made it 2-0 when he got behind two defenders and scored on a backhand shot off a pass from Justin Faulk from the blue line.

When Dallas progressively took control of the possession and began peppering the Carolina net, Mrazek made highlight-reel save after highlight-reel save, turning away the Stars' scoring chances. After one particularly impressive sequence in which he spread out on the ice to rob Andrew Cogliano of an open net off a rebound, Mrazek banged his chest and pumped his fist as play went on.

After another stellar save in the second period on Jason Dickinson's tip-in in front of the net, the crowd began chanting Mrazek's name.

Dallas outshot Carolina 33-27, but Mrazek rendered the differential moot.

NOTES
Williams, Aho and Nino Neiderreiter extended their point streaks to four games for Carolina. ... Ferland played his 300th career game. ... Stars F Blake Comeau (upper body injury) was scratched for the second straight game. He is day-to-day. ... Dallas had been shut out just three times all season, before the back-to-back shutouts.

UP NEXT
Stars: Host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Hurricanes: Host the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Vasilevskiy, Lightning Shut Out Stars 6-0]]>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:37:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Andrei-Vasilevskiy-Getty-011519.jpg

Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist, Nikita Kucherov added a goal and three assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 6-0 Thursday night.

Tyler Johnson, Mikhail Sergachev and Alex Killorn also scored to help the Lightning improve to 6-0-2 in the last eight games and reach 90 points in 58 games this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and 17th of his career to tie Ben Bishop for most in team history.

Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin was pulled from the game twice, allowing five goals on 21 shots. Landon Bow finished with four saves in 27:07 of ice time for Dallas, which fell to 1-2-1 in the past four games.

Kucherov has 11 points in his past three games to reach 92 points on the season to become the first player in franchise history to reach 90 points before the 60th game and just the fifth player in the NHL to do so since 1998-99. Kucherov is also the first player in franchise history to record at least three points in three consecutive games.

The Lightning scored three times in a span of 5 minutes, 24 seconds -- including goals 14 seconds apart by Sergachev and Johnson -- to chase Khudobin with 7:07 left in the first period. Bow allowed a goal to Kucherov on the first shot he faced with 5:20 left.

Khudobin returned to start the second period, allowing two goals on 14 shots before Bow returned to the net to start the third.

NOTES: Bishop practiced on Thursday but missed his fourth consecutive game with an undisclosed lower body injury. Stars head coach Jim Montgomery said Bishop was "50-50" to play on Saturday at Carolina. ... Tampa Bay D Erik Cernak missed his second consecutive game with an undisclosed lower-body injury. ... Johnson recorded the fourth 20-goal season of his career. ... Tampa Bay's four goals in the first period tied a season high. ... The Lightning scored at least six goals in a game for the 14th time this season. ... Dallas D John Klingberg did not play the final 13:45 of the game after blocking a shot.

UP NEXT

Lightning: Host Montreal on Saturday.

Stars: At Carolina on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Khudobin, Seguin Lead Stars Past Panthers]]>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 22:04:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Anton-Khudobin-Getty-021219.jpg

Anton Khudobin recorded his second shutout of the season and Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist as the Dallas Stars beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 Tuesday night.

Esa Lindell also scored, and Alexander Radulov had two assists for Dallas, which snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the sixth time in eight games.

With Stars goalie Ben Bishop out, Khudobin made his third consecutive start, stopping 30 shots and winning for just the second time in six starts. It was the eighth shutout of Khudobin's career.

Roberto Luongo recorded 16 saves for Florida, which lost its second straight, both at home at the start of a seven-game homestand. The Panthers were shut out for the first time this season -- the last team in the NHL to be blanked.

Seguin finished off a give-and-go with Roope Hintz at 11:47 of the first period, streaking through the slot and chipping in his 23rd goal for a 1-0 lead. The center's goal gave him six in eight games.

The teams played a similar 20 minutes in the second period, with few scoring chances.

Khudobin kept Florida off the board early in the second when he stuffed Jonathan Huberdeau at 3:45 after Frank Vatrano's slick pass caught the winger skating through the slot alone for a point-blank shot.

Jamie Benn's pass from behind Luongo's goal found Seguin in the right circle. The center then recorded his second point after Lindell fired in his eighth goal at 12:39.

The Stars put up just five shots in the second, giving them 12 for the contest. Khudobin thwarted all 12 in the period and the Stars led 2-0 at the second break.

Seguin scored an empty-net goal at 17:48 for the final margin.

NOTES
Bishop (upper body) missed his third straight game, but coach Jim Montgomery said his No. 1 goalie could return for the Stars against Tampa Bay on Thursday. . D Roman Polak returned to the lineup after leaving Saturday's game in Arizona following a hard hit. Polak practiced, said he felt fine to play and was paired with rookie Miro Heiskanen. . Right wing Valeri Nichushkin started on the fourth line after being scratched the last three games. . Florida LW Jamie McGinn (back surgery) made his first appearance of the season playing on the fourth line with C Riley Sheahan and RW Troy Brouwer. . Center Vincent Trocheck has five points in his 10 games since a 27-game absence for a broken ankle, but just one in his last seven.

UP NEXT
Stars: At Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Panthers: Host Calgary on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Host Ball Hockey Clinic in Frisco]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:21:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Clinic+021019.jpg

The Dallas Stars hosted a special event for Special Olympians in Frisco. Forward Tyler Seguin giving back to the North Texas community with a ball hockey clinic at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County.

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<![CDATA[Galchenyuk's 2 Goals Help Coyotes Beat Stars]]>Sat, 09 Feb 2019 21:20:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alex-Galchenyuk-Getty-020919.jpg

Alex Galchenyuk scored twice and assisted on another goal, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots to help the Arizona Coyotes beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday.

The Coyotes ended a five-game losing streak and kept pace in the race for a Western Conference wild card spot, while the Stars lost for the second time in seven games and ended a six-game points streak.

Arizona also ended a nine-game losing streak overall to the Stars with its first win since March of 2016.

Alex Goligoski also scored for Arizona. His goal came on a power play in the first period, at 8:49, with Galchenyuk earning an assist. Nick Cousins chipped in two assists.

The Stars made it close with two goals in 27 seconds late in the game. Brett Ritchie scored with 3:39 left, and Alexander Radulov made it 3-2 with 3:12 to go when he put in a shot that deflected off a Coyotes defender.

The Stars pulled goaltender Anton Khudobin with a little over a minute left, but the Coyotes held on. Khudobin had 35 saves.

Galchenyuk also scored on a man advantage, at 15:31 of the second. The Coyotes scored two power-play goals in a game for the third time this season.

The Coyotes went ahead 3-0 with Galchenyuk's second goal of the day. Nick Cousins dug a Stars turnover out off the boards behind the net and fed Clayton Keller, whose pass to an open Galchenyuk produced a quick shot past Khudobin at 3:39 of the third period.

Goligoski's goal, his third of the season, ended a streak of four straight games without a power-play goal for the Coyotes. Jordan Oesterle was credited with an assist and has a point in four straight games, a career best.

Galchenyuk scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season, and he has 14 points in 12 career games against the Stars. Six Coyotes players have 10 or more goals this season, with five players at 11.

NOTES
Newly acquired C Emil Pettersson, who arrived to the Coyotes on Friday in a trade with the Nashville Predators, will report to AHL Tucson. ... F Lawson Crouse was called for boarding in the first period and served a two-minute penalty. He leads Arizona with 60 penalty minutes this season. ... The player Crouse hit, Dallas D Roman Polak, was evaluated for an upper-body injury and didn't return. D Jamie Oleksiak was also shaken up early in the game but returned. ... G Ben Bishop missed his second straight game with an injury but is expected to be ready by Tuesday.

UP NEXT
Dallas: At Florida on Tuesday.

Arizona: At Vegas on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Johansen Scores 43 Seconds into OT, Preds Beat Stars 3-2]]>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 22:59:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Ryan Johansen scored 43 seconds into overtime and the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night for their second straight win and a little cushion in the Central Division.

Juuse Saros made 27 saves to improve to 14-6-1, with wins in six of his last seven starts.

Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and an assist, and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, which evened up the season series with Dallas at 2-2-0 and pushed the second-place Predators' lead to nine points over the Stars in the division.

Taylor Fedun and Miro Heiskanen scored for Dallas, which ended its season-high five-game winning streak.

Saros made a pad save on Alexander Radulov with 1:38 left in regulation, and Nashville had a chance late with Johansen's shot from the slot wide.

Johansen made up for that with his winner with a wrist shot from the inside edge of the right circle.

Nashville had a lot on the line, wanting revenge after a 3-1 loss to the Stars last weekend on the Predators' home ice. The Predators also debuted forwards Brian Boyle and Cody McLeod after a pair of trades Wednesday , and center Kyle Turris returned after missing the last 17 games because of an injury.

The 6-foot-6 Boyle immediately joined the top power-play unit, planting himself in front of the net, and McLeod just missed on a scoring chance in the second.

Khudobin came in having allowed only one goal in Dallas' last two wins over Nashville, and he robbed Kevin Fiala on a 2-on-1 with a great glove save in the first period. But the Predators finally beat the goalie by literally scoring off him. Fiala's shot deflected off Smith's back over the net and bounced off Khudobin's back and in at 17:48 of the period.

Heiskanen tied it up at 3:05, scoring his 10th this season off a rebound for Dallas.

Stars defenseman Roman Polak swept the puck away from the goal line after Colton Sissons' slap shot went off the butt end of Khudobin's stick, then Nashville took a 2-1 lead at 8:41 of the third on a tic-tac-toe goal with Johansen starting the sequence before Filip Forsberg found Arvidsson for his 22nd goal of the season.

But the Stars answered right back with Fedun beating Saros' at 9:46.

NOTES: Nashville improved to 24-3-1 when scoring first. ... Buffalo Beauts goalie Shannon Szabados was at the game ahead of the NWHL All-Star Game here Sunday. ... Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer and football coach Jeremy Pruitt were at the game.

UP NEXT

Stars: Visit Arizona on Saturday.

Predators: Visit St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[Seguin Scores Tiebreaker, Stars Beat Coyotes]]>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 00:03:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tyler-Seguin-Getty-020419.jpg

Tyler Seguin scored a tiebreaking goal with 7:32 to play, and the Dallas Stars scored four goals in a wild third period on the way to a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.

Roope Hintz, John Klingberg, Radek Faksa and Mattias Janmark also scored for the Stars. Ben Bishop made 39 saves as Dallas extended its winning streak to a season-best five games.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Kevin Connauton, Vinnie Hinostroza and Alex Galchenyuk scored for Arizona. Darcy Kuemper finished with 24 saves.

Trailing 2-1 after two periods, Dallas scored three times in 71-second span of the third to take a 4-2 lead. The Coyotes rallied with two goals in a 61-second span to tie it at 4-4.

Seguin scored his fifth game-winning goal of the season by taking a pass from Jamie Benn from behind the net and sending a wrist shot from the slot past Kuemper and inside the left post.

The game broke open after the Stars' Brett Ritchie drew a major penalty for boarding the Coyotes' Alex Goligoski and a game misconduct late in the second period.

Arizona couldn't score on the lengthy power play, in part because two Coyotes went to the penalty box during that time in the third period.

Klingberg and Faksa scored Dallas' second and third power-play goals of the game for a 3-2 lead at 3:04. Janmark added the fourth goal with a shot from the slot at 3:39.

The Stars killed a penalty, but back at even strength allowed goals by Hinostroza at 6:49 and Galchenyuk at 7:50 that tied it.

Arizona took one-goal leads with Ekman-Larsson scoring in the first period and Connauton in the second.

In between, Hintz scored a power-play goal at 3:36 of the second.

The teams were skating 4-on-4 when Ekman-Larsson scored 8:49 into the game. He took a cross-ice pass from Nick Cousins in the left faceoff circle and sent a wrist shot past Bishop.

Dallas' goalie stopped a 3-on-1 rush with 15 seconds left in the first period, which ended with Arizona leading 1-0.

The Stars tied the game on the power play at 3:36 of the second period. Jason Spezza passed from the right faceoff circle to the slot, and Hintz redirected the puck past Kuemper.

Arizona regained the lead at 9:54 of the second, when Connauton drilled a wrist shot inside the left post from the top of the left circle.

NOTES
Goligoski was helped off the ice following Ritchie's penalties, and did not return. . Coyotes D Jakob Chychrun (lower-body injury) missed his second straight game. He did not travel with the team. ... Dallas C Jason Dickinson (lower body) returned after missing two games. . Connauton's goal was his first in 38 games, since April 3, 2018. . Hintz hadn't scored in 20 NHL games, since his goal at Pittsburgh on Nov. 21. . Each starting goalie came in hot. Kuemper had provided points in nine straight games (6-0-3), allowing only 20 goals. Bishop had allowed only three goals and had won three in a row.

UP NEXT
Coyotes: Complete a six-game trip on Tuesday at Nashville.

Stars: Play the first of five games in a row on the road, and their second in six days at Nashville on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Comeau and Janmark Score Late, Lead Stars Over Predators]]>Sat, 02 Feb 2019 23:11:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mattias-Janmark-Getty-020219.jpg

Blake Comeau and Mattias Janmark scored late in the third period to lift the Dallas Stars over the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Saturday night.

Tyler Seguin also scored for Dallas, which has won four straight. Radek Faksa and Esa Lindell each had two assists.

Calle Jarnkrok scored for Nashville, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

With time winding down, Comeau beat Pekka Rinne low to the stick side at 15:47. Nashville challenged the goal for goaltender interference, but after a brief review, it was allowed to stand.

Janmark collected the rebound of Faksa's shot and put it behind Rinne 43 seconds later.

Jarnkrok scored the game's first goal at 9:35 of the opening period. Inside the Dallas blue line, Ryan Hartman sent a pass to Jarnkrok in the high slot. He moved to the right circle and fired off of a wrist shot that hit off of the left post and in behind Anton Khudobin.

Khudobin finished with 37 saves.

Seguin tied it 1:36 later. Lindell fired the puck into the Nashville zone on the left boards. It reached former Predator Alexander Radulov on the right boards, where he turned and passed to Seguin above the right circle. He beat Rinne low to the glove side.

Rinne made 23 saves.

After scoring twice in Friday's home victory over Minnesota, Seguin has four goals in his last four games.

Seguin's goal was one of just four shots the Stars got on goal in the first.

The Predators were 0 for 4 on the power play. They have failed to score a man-advantage goal in their last nine games, going 0 for 31.

Notes
Prior to the game, the Predators honored former forward Jordin Tootoo, who retired from hockey earlier in the season. ... Jarnkrok has four points in his last five games against Dallas. ... The Stars are 7-13-2 when their opponent scores first this season. ... Dallas has won both matchups between the two teams in Nashville this season and the teams play again in Music City Thursday.

UP NEXT
Stars: Host Arizona Coyotes Monday.

Predators: Host Arizona Coyotes Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Seguin Scores 2 in Last 8 Minutes, Stars Beat Wild 3-1]]>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 23:08:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Tyler Seguin scored two goals in the final eight minutes, lifting the Dallas Stars over the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Friday night.

With the game tied at 1, Mattias Janmark took the puck along the boards in the neutral zone and passed across the blue line to Seguin. His slap shot from the top of the right faceoff went under Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk and trickled into the net with 7:42 left.

Seguin added an empty-net goal, his 20th of the season, with 24 seconds to play. The Stars won their third in a row and stopped the Wild's three-game winning streak.

Ben Bishop followed a shutout win on Wednesday with a 21-save effort against the Wild. He protected the lead by stopping a backhand attempt by Minnesota's Marcus Foligno with 6:25 remaining.

Dubnyk finished with 29 saves.

Dallas' Andrew Cogliano and Minnesota's Brad Hunt scored in the second period, which ended 1-all.

Cogliano tipped in Roman Polak's shot from the right point for a 1-0 lead at 3:12 of the second.

That goal ended a drought of 74 minutes, 33 seconds without a score by either team in Dallas' two most recent games. When Cogliano went off with a high-sticking double minor two minutes later, those were the first penalties by either team in 75:06 of ice time in the same games.

Hunt tied the game at 8:48 of the second during the power play for Cogliano's second penalty.

NOTES: Cogliano's fourth goal of the season was his first for the Stars in five games since being acquired from Anaheim in a trade on Jan. 14. . Dallas C Jason Dickinson left Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury and is expected to miss both games this weekend. . Wild C Matt Hendricks played in his 600th NHL game. . Entering the game, Minnesota led the Stars by one point in the standings, with the difference the Wild's point for an overtime loss vs. Dallas. Minnesota's goal differential was 0, and Dallas was at minus-1. The teams had split the first two meetings. Dallas has six goals in the three games between the teams and the Wild have five.

UP NEXT

Wild: Return home Saturday to play Chicago.

Stars: Play the second game of a back-to-back at Nashville on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Bishop's Shutout, Benn's Goal Help Stars Beat Sabres]]>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 23:42:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Bishop-Getty-013019.jpg

Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots to back Jamie Benn's first-period goal, and the Dallas Stars beat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Bishop made 13 saves in the third period, getting his third shutout this season and 27th of his career.

Benn scored 8:39 in off a pass from former Sabre Taylor Fedun. Benn stickhandled to the front of the net, put the puck on his forehand and sent a wrist shot inside the right post.

Linus Ullmark stopped Dallas' other 26 shots on goal.

Buffalo appeared to have a goal 4:28 into the third when Marco Scandella's shot from the left point went over Bishop and into the net. The goal was disallowed because a referee ruled that Nathan Beaulieu had interfered with Bishop. Buffalo challenged the call, but a review upheld the decision.

Dallas maintained position for the first wild card from the Western Conference.

Buffalo fell to three points behind Columbus for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres have 56 points to 59 for the Blue Jackets, who were knocked out of third place in the Metropolitan Division by Pittsburgh's win over Tamp Bay on Wednesday.

Benn nearly had a second goal in the first minute of the second period, but Ullmark turned away a backhand deflection off Benn's stick.

NOTES
Benn's team-leading 19th goal was his first in five games. ... D Rasmus Dahlin played for the first time in the arena where Buffalo selected him first overall in the 2018 draft. He scored six goals in his previous seven games. ... On the second night of a back-to-back, 36-year-old RW Jason Pominville was a healthy scratch for the Sabres for the first time since April 4, 2006. ... Buffalo had not been shut out since the season-opening 4-0 loss to Boston. ... The Stars entered the game with three straight wins over Buffalo. ... Dallas improved to 2-3 on the current homestand. ... Each team had only one penalty, both in the first period.

UP NEXT
Sabres: Begin a team-record-tying seven-game homestand on Friday against Chicago.

Stars: Play the last of six straight home games, their most this season, on Friday vs. Minnesota.

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<![CDATA[Stars Reacquire D Oleksiak on Day Methot Has Knee Surgery]]>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 20:00:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

The Dallas Stars reacquired defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday in exchange for a fourth-rank draft pick.

The deal came on the same day Stars defenseman Marc Methot underwent season-ending surgery to repair a cartilage defect in his left knee.

Dallas had sent Oleksiak to Pittsburgh in December 2017 for a fourth-round draft pick. General manager Jim Nill says the Stars know him well and that Oleksiak, who played in 36 games for Pittsburgh this season, will provide depth for an injury-depleted defense.

Methot came to Dallas from Ottawa in a trade before the 2017-18 season. Knee issues limited the defenseman to 45 games the past two seasons.

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<![CDATA[Stars to Play Predators in 2020 Winter Classic in Dallas]]>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 16:52:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cotton-bowl-stadium-generic-01.jpg

Dallas will host the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium, the league announced Tuesday.

The NHL Winter Classic is one of the league's annual regular season outdoor games, and will be played on Jan. 1, 2020. The Stars' opponent for the game will be the Nashville Predators.

"The entire Stars organization is honored to be selected by the NHL to host the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said in a statement. "Cotton Bowl Stadium is one of the most iconic and recognizable sports venues in the United States. For nearly a century, the stadium has hosted premier sporting events and has featured some of the greatest players to ever to play their sport. The city of Dallas and the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has become a destination for the world's biggest sporting events and hosting the NHL Winter Classic will continue that trend."

Tickets for the event will go on sale at a later date.

For more information about the game and to enter for a chance to win tickets, click here.

"On behalf of the city of Dallas, thank you to Commissioner Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League for giving Dallas the opportunity to follow up on the success of the 2018 NHL Draft," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the great history of New Year's Day at Cotton Bowl Stadium than by welcoming thousands of fans to witness the first ever outdoor professional hockey game in Texas. This great event is yet another example of how Dallas continues to be one of the most sought-after locations to host major sports events."

The first edition of the classic was held in 2008 at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium -- home of the NFL's Bills -- between the Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Dallas is the ninth team to host the annual classic, joining the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will set the record for the southern-most location for any signature NHL outdoor contest.

Only NFL, MLB and college football stadiums have hosted the event, limiting potential venues in Dallas-Fort Worth to places like Globe Life Park, AT&T Stadium and the Cotton Bowl.



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<![CDATA[Raw Moments for Stars Show Eagerness for Playoff Relevance]]>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 14:38:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1096729658.jpg

First-year Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery called out the franchise for a "culture of mediocrity," led a feedback-sharing session with players and briefly benched one of his top-scoring forwards.

And this was all in less than a week, not long after team CEO Jim Lites profanely ripped the performances of captain Jamie Benn and fellow high-priced forward Tyler Seguin.

While they will never say Lites' somewhat shocking comments about his highest-profile and most expensive players have anything to do with it, the Stars clearly are eager to escape a rut of missing the playoffs in eight of the past 10 seasons. Dallas has a precarious hold on one of the final two Western Conference playoff spots at the All-Star break.

"Right now we're getting challenged as a group and individually," forward Jason Spezza told The Associated Press. "As a veteran guy, it's exciting because it means they want us to push and they're not happy with where we're at. When you're older, you're trying to win now. You're not really worried about the future. I like the way the message is going to help us win now."

Perhaps it's easier for Spezza to pick a word such as "exciting" because the 35-year-old player, now in his 16th season, wasn't the target of Lites' rant late last month.

The longtime team executive sought out some of the reporters who cover the team regularly and used plenty of profanity along with "terrible" and "embarrassing" to describe the play of Benn and Seguin. Lites turned down an AP request for an interview Thursday.

Asked what he made of the events of the few weeks that started with Lites' bombshell, Benn smiled through apparent disdain for the question and said, "Nothing." Seguin wasn't available to reporters after the last practice, morning skate and game before the team's seven-day break.

The day after the criticism from Lites, Benn and Seguin said they needed to play better while taking issue with some of Lites' more pointed jabs. Both said they played for their teammates, not Lites.

"We're trying to push the envelope," Montgomery said. "Everybody is, from their respective positions, and trying to make us better and trying to get more consistent at what we are."

Montgomery met with players and the coaching staff on Jan. 14, the same day Dallas traded young forward Devin Shore to Anaheim for 12-year veteran Andrew Cogliano, a move to add experience and speed.

Three days later, Montgomery benched Alexander Radulov for the last half of the first period after the Russian forward said he talked back to the coach. In that 2-1 loss to the last-place Los Angeles Kings, the Stars came within 64 seconds of getting shut out in two straight games, both at home, for the first time in 20 years. He wasn't very happy five nights earlier either after a second straight loss to an also-ran, 3-1 to St. Louis at home following a 2-1 defeat at Philadelphia.

The coach making the rare transition from college to the pros wasn't scathing with his comments on the level of Lites, but his reaction was notable nonetheless.

"Two games in a row where we don't compete at a level that is acceptable, and it is everybody and unfortunately, I am very frustrated that I have not been able to gain consistency in our performance and I haven't been able to change the culture of mediocrity," Montgomery said.

Lites picked Benn and Seguin because he believed they were underperforming for a team falling short of expectations, and because Lites said he had the support of equally frustrated owner Tom Gaglardi.

It also had a lot to do with money. Benn is on an eight-year, $76 million contract that started in July 2016, and Seguin signed an eight-year, $79 million extension before this season that kicks in for 2019-20.

While Benn and Seguin are tied for the team lead with 18 goals apiece, neither is in the top 40 in the NHL in points after both finished among the 25 best their first five seasons together. This is also the first time at least one of the two didn't make the All-Star game since they've been teammates.

The timing of Lites' comments was curious, with Dallas in the playoff picture and coming off a 2-0 win at Nashville that was notable for backup goalie Anton Khudobin's club record for saves in a shutout with 49.

General manager Jim Nill said he agreed with the message , although not with the use of profanity. Then came the "mediocrity" line from his third coach in three seasons .

"My biggest thing is, what's our identity?" Nill said. "We've seen we can be fast. We've seen we can be a heavy, hard team. Are we that? Or are we a mix of that? That's what we have to find out right now. And it's the consistency of the game."

Consistency is what Montgomery seeks. The question is how many more times the quest will be displayed in such raw terms for everyone to see.

"I think it's a coach trying to push buttons and trying to figure out how to get us from being the middle team to being a team that's comfortably in the playoffs and looking for bigger things," Spezza said. "It wasn't a shock at all to me because we all feel like we're trying to push the right buttons to get this group to take another step."

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<![CDATA[Ritchie, Comeau, Faksa Score, Stars Beat 1st-Place Jets]]>Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:31:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1096729658.jpg

Brett Ritchie, Blake Comeau and Radek Faksa scored their first goals of the season and the Dallas Stars defeated the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Saturday night.

The goals by Ritchie, Comeau and Faksa gave Dallas a 3-0 lead after two periods. Tyler Seguin scored in the third period. Ben Bishop made 15 of his 27 saves in the third period as Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak.

Branden Lemieux and Kyle Connor scored 21 seconds apart in the third period, rallying the Jets within 3-2. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots for the Jets, who had won four in a row and were 18-6 in their previous 24 games.

Lemieux scored three goals in Winnipeg's last two games. Connor has three in the last three games overall, and three in three games against the Stars this season.

During their four-game skid, the Stars scored only three goals and were 0 for 11 on the power play.

The Stars scored their first power-play goal in five games when Ritchie tipped in John Klingberg's shot from the blue line at 6:54 of the first.

Ritchie's third goal of the season was his first point since Dec. 7. He has played in only 10 of Dallas' 20 games since then and was a healthy scratch in the other 10.

Comeau gave the Stars a 2-0 lead 22 seconds into the second period. He took a rebound of a shot by Esa Lindell and wristed it past Hellebuyck from the left side of the net. Comeau's fifth goal was his first point since Dec. 29, after a nine-game goal drought.

Roman Polak came out of the penalty box, and 14 seconds after the Stars' fourth successful penalty kill, he assisted on Faksa's eighth goal, a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle at 13:36 of the second. Faksa had been without a goal in eight games, dating to Dec. 31.

Winnipeg's Lemieux skated in from the right corner and shot past Bishop into the left corner of the net at 3:25 of the third. After the faceoff, the puck went to Connor low in the right circle, and he sent it into the upper right corner for the Jets.

NOTES: Connor's goal gave him 100 career points. . The Jets' penalty killers had been 12 for 12 in the previous three games. . The Stars had been 0 for 11 on the power play during their four-game losing streak and went 2 for 7 Saturday. . Dallas C Tyler Pitlick (upper-body injury) sat out. . Rookie Lemieux had his third fight of the season, this one against Stars D Connor Carrick in the first period. . Three Texas Rangers -- Delino DeShields Jr., Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor -- dropped ceremonial first pucks before the game.

UP NEXT

Jets: After the All-Star break, on Jan. 28, they'll be back on the road at Philadelphia.

Stars: Have an 11-day break before meeting Buffalo on Jan. 30 in the fifth of six straight home games.



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<![CDATA[Kings Edge Stars to Climb Out of NHL Basement]]>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:25:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Los-Angeles-Kings-Getty-011819.jpg

Dustin Brown scored a rare Los Angeles power-play goal, goalie Jack Campbell beat the team that drafted him and the Kings moved out of the NHL basement by holding off the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Thursday night.

Brown's goal came in the first period when he deflected in a shot by Drew Doughty. Carl Hagelin added a goal in the second for the Kings.

Campbell made 29 saves, 18 in the third period. He lost his shutout with 1:04 to play, when Esa Lindell tipped in Alexander Radulov's shot from the blue line with Stars goalie Ben Bishop pulled for an extra skater. Campbell stopped a similar shot by Tyler Seguin in the final minute.

Los Angeles remained last in the Pacific Division but leapfrogged Chicago and Ottawa in the overall standings. The Kings are 2-0-1 in the past three games, their best stretch since a four-game winning streak in December.

The Stars have lost four straight, equaling their longest skid this season. In each of the four games, they have fallen behind 2-0. They are tied with Colorado for third place in the Central Division and remain in position for a wild-card playoff berth.

Dallas has only three goals during its slide. Lindell ended a scoreless streak that lasted 130:21.

Bishop stopped 17 shots.

The Kings' only power play resulted in the game's first goal at 18:04 of the first period, three seconds after Dallas' John Klingberg went to the penalty box. Anze Kopitar won the draw, and the puck went to Doughty at the left point. Down low, Brown deflected Doughty's drive past Bishop into the upper right corner for his 12th goal.

Hagelin's goal was much simpler. Bishop had trouble handling a knuckleballing shot by Tyler Toffoli from low in the left faceoff circle. The puck dropped by Bishop's left skate and Hagelin was there to wrist it into the net.

The Stars had only 11 shots on goal in the first two periods but they outshot Los Angeles 19-3 in a desperate third. Campbell denied a breakaway by Mattias Janmark with 8 1/2 minutes left and received help from two shots that hit the post.

NOTES
Doughty originally was credited with the first goal. The official scoring was changed during the second period. . Campbell, the Stars' first-round draft pick (11th overall) in 2010, was playing for the first time in Dallas. In his only game for the Stars, he started and lost 6-3 at Anaheim five seasons ago. . The Kings' power play ranks last in the NHL on the road at 12 percent (6 for 51). . Los Angeles is the league's lowest-scoring team with 109 goals. Dallas has the third-fewest with 122. . Stars C Jason Dickinson (back injury) came off injured reserve after missing 11 games.

UP NEXT
Kings: Complete a three-game trip at Colorado on Saturday.

Stars: Play the fourth of six straight home games Saturday against Winnipeg.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Make Dreams Come True for 10-Year-Old Boy]]>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:12:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars+make+a+wish.jpg

On Wednesday night, the Dallas Stars teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make the dreams of a North Texas 10-year-old boy come true.

In front of hundreds of cheering fans, 10-year-old Anderson McDuffie took to the ice in Frisco.

Anderson brought along a group of his best friends, to take on his favorite team, the Dallas Stars.

"I ask Anderson 'Do you think anything will ever top this, even your wedding day?' He said 'No, this is the best day of my life!'," said Anderson's mother Loan McDuffie.

And it's all happening after his life was in jeopardy in the spring.

Just eight months ago, Anderson underwent his second heart operation.

"The large scar on his chest and being in the ICU and unable to really be himself, it's difficult," said Anderson's Father Chad McDuffie.

However, on Wednesday, Anderson completed his journey from ICU to the ICE, with the Stars teaming up with Make-A-Wish to make his dream come true.

"I never knew I would get all this attention and that there would be so many people," said Anderson. 

"He was just so excited, obviously a dream come true and we are excited to just be a part of it," said Stars Center Tyler Seguin.

Doing everything from getting to play alongside his favorite player Tyler Seguin, to scoring the game winning goal.

"When I shot it, I didn't realize it went in and then everybody crowded over me," said Anderson.

"I cried, I mean, it's a miracle that he is even alive," said Anderson's Mom Loan.

A miracle and a wish granted, memories a courageous 10-year-old will never forget.



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<![CDATA[Lightning Top Stars 2-0 on Vasilevskiy's 2nd Shutout in Week]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:42:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Andrei-Vasilevskiy-Getty-011519.jpg

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots for his second shutout in a week, Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev scored and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Vasilevskiy improved to 10-2-1 since his return from injury, posting his third shutout this season and 15th of his career for the Lightning, who have an NHL-best 74 points.

Palat gave Tampa Bay a first-period lead with his seventh goal, sending a shot over the glove of Anton Khudobin on a pass from Steven Stamkos, who got his 29th assist. Khudobin had 19 saves.

Sergachev scored a 4-on-4 goal midway through the third period after Dallas captain Jamie Benn canceled out a Tampa Bay penalty for the second time. Benn was called for tripping just 13 seconds after the same penalty against the Lightning's Mathieu Joseph.

The Stars were 0 for 6 on the power play, with four of those chances coming in the second period when they trailed 1-0. It was the third straight loss for Dallas.

The Lightning protected a 1-0 lead despite playing down a man most of the last half of the second period, when the Stars outshot Tampa Bay 13-2.

The first penalty of the game was a double-minor on Victor Hedman for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct about midway through the second.

The Stars had a chance for a 5-on-3 when Anthony Cerelli got a tripping penalty, but Benn was called for goalie interference during the delayed penalty, with Dallas skating 6 on 4.

The best chance for the Stars on the power play came with 13 seconds left when Alexander Radulov fed Radek Faksa just above the crease for a one-timer that Vasilevskiy corralled.

Dallas didn't do much with Tampa Bay's fourth penalty of the second period, an interference call on Nikita Kucherov when he cut in front of Faksa as the Stars forward chased a loose puck into his offensive zone.

NOTES: Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant attended, wearing a Stars jersey with his familiar No. 88 for the franchise's career leader in touchdown catches. Bryant called out the starting lineup in the locker room before the game. ... Andrew Cogliano made his Dallas debut a day after a trade that sent Devin Shore to Anaheim. Cogliano, who took Shore's No. 17, had no shots in 12 minutes. ... Kucherov, the NHL points leader with 75 (22 goals, 53 assists), was held scoreless in consecutive games for the third time this season.

UP NEXT

Lightning: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Stars: Play the third game of a six-game homestand, their longest of the season, Thursday against the LA Kings.



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<![CDATA[Stars Swap Forwards With Ducks in Trade to Add Experience]]>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/andrew-cogliano-GettyImages-1075253918.jpg

The Dallas Stars acquired Andrew Cogliano from the Anaheim Ducks on Monday for Devin Shore in a swap of low-scoring veteran forwards on two frustrated teams.

The 31-year-old Cogliano has just three goals and eight assists in 46 games this season after scoring just his second goal in three months Sunday night in the Ducks' overtime loss at Winnipeg. The loss was Anaheim's 11th consecutive defeat, extending the longest skid in franchise history.

Ducks general manager Bob Murray thanked Cogliano for 7 1/2 years of steady play, but acknowledged his offensive limitations were a problem. Anaheim is 30th among the NHL's 31 teams with just 109 goals this season.

"We're trying to get younger, obviously, but we're also looking for some people with a little more creativity, because we're not scoring enough goals," Murray said in a phone interview. "Not fair to single Cogs. It's not because of him. This is just something that came available. We're trying to get better, because we're not good enough."

Murray issued a statement Sunday night saying he isn't currently planning to fire coach Randy Carlyle. But Murray also criticized his players for their insufficient efforts during the Ducks' monthlong losing skid -- and the next morning he traded away one of his most experienced leaders.

Cogliano is a tremendously durable 12-year veteran who ranks among the NHL leaders with 19 short-handed goals since entering the NHL in 2007-08. But his offensive contributions have all but vanished this season -- his goal in Winnipeg was just his second in three months -- despite his strong all-around game.

"We've got to get better," Murray said. "Some of our mid-20s guys that I thought would be taking leadership and standing up, it's time to ... when you're losing, it's time for people to stand up and be counted. I'm kind of waiting, and the waiting is kind of, enough is enough. I'm a bit surprised. I thought some people would be farther along in this sort of vein where they have the experience, and they've been around long enough, and they know how to do it when the going gets tough, and it is very tough right now."

Murray didn't name names, but Anaheim's mid-20s underachievers this season could include Rickard Rakell, a former All-Star with just six goals in 33 games this season; Hampus Lindholm, the sturdy defenseman with a minus-4 rating and 17 points; and defenseman Cam Fowler, who has 10 points in 23 games while recovering from broken bones in his face.

Cogliano has missed just two of 914 games in his career. His streak of 830 consecutive games played to start his NHL career ended in January 2018 when he was given a much-criticized two-game suspension for a debatable hit on Los Angeles' Adrian Kempe, ending the fourth-longest consecutive games streak in NHL history.

Cogliano has 379 career points, with 160 goals and 219 assists. He has excelled as a penalty-killer and forechecker throughout his career, and he was a key part of five consecutive Pacific Division champion teams in Anaheim.

"We just thought it was an opportunity for us to get better in a position we want to get better at," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "We want to play a faster-paced game. And I think Andrew Cogliano's one of the best at that in the league."

The 24-year-old Shore has five goals and 12 assists in 42 games this season. He has 82 points in 209 games over parts of four seasons with the Stars.

Dallas drafted Shore in 2012, and he grew into an NHL regular while playing multiple roles with the Stars, from shutdown defender to top-line forward. He has just one assist in his last 15 games, and he was on an eight-game scoreless streak before the trade.

"This became available, and this is who we were trying to get," Murray said.

The Stars have been through their own internal drama in recent weeks, with CEO Jim Lites publicly criticizing high-scoring forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn late last month.

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<![CDATA[Newest Star 'Looking Forward' to New Opportunity in Dallas]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:40:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Andrew+Cogliano+Stars.jpg

Andrew Cogliano, acquired by the Dallas Stars Monday from the Anaheim Ducks for Devin Shore, says he's excited to get on the ice with his new team and knows he's a "piece of the puzzle."

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<![CDATA[Rookie Binnington Picks Up 3rd Win, Blues Beat Stars 3-1]]>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 01:33:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jordan-Binnington-Getty-011219.jpg

St. Louis Blues rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington has had nothing but success since being called up from the American Hockey League.

Binnington won his third straight start, Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and the Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Saturday night.

"It's a good week," Binnington said after his sixth NHL game.

He's 3-0 in three starts. The 25-year-old has allowed only two goals in those starts. Binnington shut out Philadelphia 1-0 on Monday and beat Montreal 4-1 Thursday.

He made 21 saves on Saturday, the first time he has started consecutive games.

"(Binnington)'s been amazing," Tarasenko said. "Plays really confident. He gives us a lot of confidence, too."

Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues, who have won two straight for the fifth time this season.

"I hate to use the word desperate times," St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube said, "but we've got to win games. They're in our division, and we're trying to catch them."

Erik Condra scored for Dallas. Ben Bishop made 25 saves.

Tarasenko scored in the first minute and Maroon added a first-period goal against Bishop, who won 3-1 at St. Louis four nights earlier. Veteran Jake Allen was in goal for the Blues in that game.

"We've got to be ready when the puck is dropped," Stars defenseman John Klingberg said.

Binnington said the Blues' fast start was a great help to him.

"That's two games in a row we've had a couple of goals in the first period, and that helps everyone to feed off that. From there on, we just play our game, keep it simple."

Condra broke up Binnington's chance for a second shutout, scoring his first goal with Dallas at 8:35 of the third period.

"(Binnington)'s confident and he's aggressive," Berube said. "He looks pretty calm and cool in there."

The Stars have lost three of four, but are in third place in the Central Division.

Tarasenko scored on the first shot of the game, 34 seconds in, from the right faceoff circle. Maroon's backhand from the right of the net extended the Blues' lead to 2-0 at 9:54.

Dallas had a scoring chance midway through the second period, but Jason Spezza's wrist shot from the top of the slot went over Binnington's shoulder and off the crossbar.

"It sounded like a post," Binnington said. "Luckily for me it didn't go in the net."

Spezza said the shot was frustrating when the Stars were trying to come back.

"You like to see those ones go in to get some momentum," he said.

In the third, a shot blocked in front went to Condra at the right of the net and he scored on a short wrist shot. St. Louis challenged the goal looking for goaltender interference, but the goal stood.

Tarasenko scored his second goal on the power play at 12:38. Oskar Sundqvist picked up his second assist of the game.

"It was a big play by a big player," Binnington said. "He's an elite guy, an elite shot, and it was an important time for us to get a goal."

NOTES
Tarasenko has 15 career goals against Dallas. He also has seven assists for 22 points in 25 games. Over the last five seasons, he is tied with Winnipeg's Patrik Laine for the most goals (14) vs. the Stars over the last five seasons. . Binnington was leading the AHL with a 2.08 goals against percentage when he was promoted from San Antonio. . The win improved the Blues' record under interim coach Craig Berube to 12-12-1. . Condra was playing in his fifth game since being promoted from Texas of the AHL. His 40th NHL goal was his first since April 7, 2016. . Dallas D John Klingberg assisted on Condra's goal and he has five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games.

UP NEXT
Blues: Visit Washington on Monday for the second game of a four-game trip.

Stars: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday in the second of a six-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Seguin, Bishop Lead Stars to Win Over Blues]]>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 23:28:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Bishop-Getty-121818.jpg

Tyler Seguin scored twice, Ben Bishop made several key saves and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Tuesday night.

John Klingberg had a goal for the Stars, who won despite generating only 17 shots on net. Bishop, a St. Louis native, stopped 26 shots against his former team and improved to 5-5-1 versus the Blues.

David Perron scored for the Blues, who lost for the first time in eight games against the Stars at the Enterprise Center. St. Louis is 11-5-1 in its last 17 games against Dallas.

The Stars capitalized on their second shot of the game when Seguin scored at 11:27 of the first period. An unguarded Seguin knocked in a loose rebound that eluded defenseman Carl Gunnarsson just outside of the crease.

Dallas added two goals in the second for a 3-0 lead.

Dallas had a 5-on-3 opportunity for 1:35 early in the period and made the Blues pay. Klingberg drilled a slap shot from the slot at 1:43 to make it 2-0. The shot went between goalie Jake Allen's pads for Klingberg's first goal in 18 games since Oct. 23.

It marked the sixth consecutive game in which the Stars scored a power-play goal.

The crowd booed after Seguin scored his second of the night when he beat Allen badly at 6:12 for a 3-0 cushion. It marked the seventh goal Allen had allowed on the last 19 shots he faced.

Seguin has 17 goals this season. He has six goals and seven points in his last four games.

St. Louis took a timeout after the goal, and it worked. Perron scored on a backhand from the right faceoff circle past a screened Bishop at 6:25.

Perron's 15th of the season gave him a career-high eight-game point streak (four goals, seven assists).

NOTES
Blues forward Alexander Steen was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He played less than three minutes in the first period Monday at Philadelphia. ... Blues C Tyler Bozak, who missed Monday's game with the flu, was scratched. ... Dallas forward Valeri Nichushkin played in his 200th NHL game. ... The Stars' first shot on goal came at 10:25 of the first period. ... The Blues fell to 25-11-2 in their last 38 games on zero days' rest.

UP NEXT
Stars: Play at Philadelphia on Thursday.

Blues: Host Montreal on Thursday.

 
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Associated Press
   ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tyler Seguin scored twice, Ben Bishop made several key saves and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Tuesday night.
   John Klingberg had a goal for the Stars, who won despite generating only 17 shots on net. Bishop, a St. Louis native, stopped 26 shots against his former team and improved to 5-5-1 versus the Blues.
   David Perron scored for the Blues, who lost for the first time in eight games against the Stars at the Enterprise Center. St. Louis is 11-5-1 in its last 17 games against Dallas.
   The Stars capitalized on their second shot of the game when Seguin scored at 11:27 of the first period. An unguarded Seguin knocked in a loose rebound that eluded defenseman Carl Gunnarsson just outside of the crease.
   Dallas added two goals in the second for a 3-0 lead.
   Dallas had a 5-on-3 opportunity for 1:35 early in the period and made the Blues pay. Klingberg drilled a slap shot from the slot at 1:43 to make it 2-0. The shot went between goalie Jake Allen's pads for Klingberg's first goal in 18 games since Oct. 23.
   It marked the sixth consecutive game in which the Stars scored a power-play goal.
   The crowd booed after Seguin scored his second of the night when he beat Allen badly at 6:12 for a 3-0 cushion. It marked the seventh goal Allen had allowed on the last 19 shots he faced.
   Seguin has 17 goals this season. He has six goals and seven points in his last four games.
   St. Louis took a timeout after the goal, and it worked. Perron scored on a backhand from the right faceoff circle past a screened Bishop at 6:25.
   Perron's 15th of the season gave him a career-high eight-game point streak (four goals, seven assists).
   NOTES: Blues forward Alexander Steen was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He played less than three minutes in the first period Monday at Philadelphia. ... Blues C Tyler Bozak, who missed Monday's game with the flu, was scratched. ... Dallas forward Valeri Nichushkin played in his 200th NHL game. ... The Stars' first shot on goal came at 10:25 of the first period. ... The Blues fell to 25-11-2 in their last 38 games on zero days' rest.
   UP NEXT
   Stars: Play at Philadelphia on Thursday.
   Blues: Host Montreal on Thursday.
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<![CDATA[Kyle Connor Ends Drought, Jets Beat Stars]]>Sun, 06 Jan 2019 22:13:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Connor-Getty-010619.jpg

Kyle Connor ended a 10-game pointless streak with a goal to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Sunday.

Adam Lowry, Tyler Myers, Bryan Little and Josh Morrissey, with an empty-net goal, also scored. Morrissey added an assist, Jacob Trouba had two, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves.

"Nothing's really changed too much from my game," Connor said. "I thought I was a little quicker tonight, played with lots of speed."

The Jets rebounded from a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Alexander Radulov had a power-play goal for the Stars. They lost for the first time in regulation in their last six games (4-1-1).

"I think it's only going to get harder," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. "The intensity in the second half is going to pick up and you know that's one of our better road games of the year and we still didn't come out on top. So you know we still got to keep staying with it and get better."

After Lowry was called for goaltender interference, John Klingberg's shot from the point went in off Radulov at 1:56 of the second.

Radulov has a goal and five assists during a three-game points streak. Tyler Seguin was credited with the second assist for his 300th NHL assist. He extended his points streak to five games, with four goals and three assists.

Lowry got some satisfaction exactly a minute later with the equalizer after getting his own rebound and firing the puck past Ben Bishop.

"It was nice to get a shift a minute after and be able to go out and redeem yourself," Lowry said. "It doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes you've got to sit and stew. But it's important you don't dwell on it and become frustrated and let it affect the rest of your game."

Myers' wraparound made it 2-1 at 18:56.

Connor extended Winnipeg's lead at 1:15 of the third with a blast from the high slot. He was back on the top line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler in Winnipeg's first game without winger Nikolaj Ehlers, who's out with an upper-body injury for at least a month.

The Stars pulled Bishop with five minutes remaining and Morrissey notched his fifth goal of the season at 16:30 while the Jets were short-handed. With Bishop back in net, Little scored with 18 seconds left.

Bishop stopped 25 shots.

"It was one of those nights where you weren't getting the bounces, but I felt pretty good," Bishop said. "You've got to find a way to make a couple more saves there at the end."

UP NEXT
Stars: At St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Jets: Host Colorado on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Seguin's 2nd Goal Lifts Stars Past Capitals 2-1 in OT]]>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 23:29:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1089960956.jpg

Tyler Seguin's second goal of the game 3:37 into overtime lifted the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Anton Khudobin made 36 saves, including the stop of a backhand by T.J. Oshie 1 1/2 minutes into overtime, to help Dallas complete a 3-0-1 homestand.

Seguin's winner, his fourth goal in two games, came after Alexander Radulov skated behind the net and passed across to Seguin at the right of the net.

Lars Eller scored for Washington, which has lost three straight (0-2-1) and is tied with Pittsburgh in points atop the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals have played one fewer game than Pittsburgh, which beat Winnipeg earlier Friday.

Washington rookie goalie Pheonix Copley had 27 saves but saw his seven-game winning streak end.

Dallas scored first with 6:40 remaining in the opening period on Seguin's power-play goal. Seguin was alone on the left side of the offensive zone when Radulov's shot from the right faceoff circle went off teammate Radek Faksa and Copley's stick to Seguin low in the left circle. Seguin put a wrist shot into the open left side of the net before the goalie could recover.

Eller tied it at 10:19 of the second as he sent a backhand from outside the left faceoff dot past Khudobin and inside the right goalpost.

After being outshot 15-5 in the first period, Washington had a 15-8 advantage in shots on goal in the second. Khudobin kept the Capitals from taking the lead in the last three minutes of the period when he stopped Chandler Stephenson's backhand on a short-handed breakaway.

The Stars were on the defensive in a third period when they were outshot 14-2. Dallas killed the only two penalties in the third.

NOTES: RW Erik Condra made his Stars debut. The 32-year-old was promoted from Texas of the AHL to fill in for Jamie Benn (upper-body injury). Condra played 366 NHL games for Ottawa and Tampa Bay. ... Ben Bishop officially started in goal for Dallas but skated off at the faceoff and was replaced by Khudobin. The Stars mistakenly had circled Bishop's name in the official starting lineup. ... The Capitals have only one goal on their last 31 power plays. ... Seguin has six points in the last three games.

UP NEXT

Capitals: Complete a three-game trip on Sunday at Detroit.

Stars: Play the first of three road games on Sunday at Winnipeg.

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<![CDATA[Heiskanen's Third-Period Goal Lifts Stars Over Devils]]>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 05:23:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Miro-Heiskanen-Getty-2-010219.jpg

Miro Heiskanen found out Wednesday morning he had made the All-Star team in his first season in the NHL.

He celebrated with two goals, including a tiebreaking score in the third period of the Dallas Stars' 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Heiskanen and Tyler Seguin each scored twice after Jamie Benn tied it at 1 in the first period. Heiskanen, a 19-year-old defenseman, has nine goals this season.

For Wednesday night's game-winner, Roope Hintz won a faceoff and on a designed play got the puck to Heiskanen, who skated to the crease and beat Mackenzie Blackwood 6:27 into the final period.

"There was a little time for me," Heiskanen said. "I just go there and shoot, and it went in."

Seguin and Benn have been under scrutiny since Stars CEO Jim Lites recently ripped the high-priced forwards for "terrible play." Seguin ended a five-game goal drought that dated almost two weeks.

"There's been so much talk about the results as of late," Seguin said, "but I know when I'm playing well, I'm thinking about the process and not thinking of results."

Benn scored in his second straight game but didn't play for most of the final two periods because of an upper-body injury.

"We wanted this one for him," Seguin said. "He has had a long couple days so we hope the best for him and obviously we rallied around him."

Kyle Palmieri, Jesper Bratt, Drew Stafford and Brian Boyle scored for New Jersey, which twice trailed by two goals before sending the game into the third period tied at 4.

Blackwood made 35 saves. The rookie posted shutouts in his previous two games.

"I did some good things, and I did some bad things," Blackwood said. "Definitely a learning experience."

Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop finished with 30 saves, including 20 in the third period after making only one stop in the first. New Jersey had no shots on goal for a total of 23:42 spanning the first and second periods.

The Stars' Alexander Radulov had three assists, and John Klingberg had two.

Heiskanen, who had five shots on goal in the first period, was rewarded when he scored 3:21 into the second while the teams were skating 4-on-4.

Heiskanen finished his second two-goal game with a game-high nine shots on goal and three blocked shots. He helped preserve the win by sweeping the puck away from the goal line late in the third.

"Probably his most dominant game as far as puck possession," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "I don't know what to say about him anymore. I'm just glad I get the opportunity to coach him."

Two players from each team were in the penalty box after an altercation at 2:05 of the second. New Jersey's Miles Wood received a major penalty for interference that knocked Benn from the game.

"It's a blind-side hit," Montgomery said. "It's one of those hits that we're trying to get out of the game. Looked like a shoulder hit him in the chest."

Wood was still in the box when Seguin scored a power-play goal from the left circle at 6:38.

The Devils pulled within a goal during an eight-second flurry when Nico Hischier stole the puck for a breakaway, had two shots stopped by Bishop, retrieved both rebounds and passed to Bratt at the top of the slot at 11:08.

After Seguin's second goal, New Jersey rallied to tie with goals by Stafford at 17:21 and Boyle at 18:48 of the second.

NOTES: Heiskanen was selected by Dallas with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 draft. "When I was younger, I looked at those All-Star Games," he said. "Now that I can go there it feels great." . Palmieri has scored at least 20 goals in four straight seasons. ... LW Taylor Hall, currently on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, is New Jersey's All-Star. ... Montgomery said Benn and D Julius Honka, who also left with an upper-body injury, were held out for precautionary reasons.

UP NEXT

Devils: Play the second game of a four-game trip at Arizona on Friday.

Stars: Finish a four-game homestand on Friday against Washington.

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<![CDATA[Stars' Rookie Heiskanen Named to NHL All-Star Team]]>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 22:32:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Miro-Heiskanen-Getty-010219.jpg

Dallas Stars rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen earned a spot on the Central Division roster for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, the league announced Wednesday.

Forward Tyler Seguin, the target of recent criticism from Stars' president Jim Lites, was named to the Last Men In ballot, presented by adidas. Seguin would have to make the team through a fan vote.

Heiskanen, a native of Finland, is one of the top rookies in the NHL this season.

He is tied for seventh among rookies with 17 points and leads all rookies, averaging 23:00 of ice time per game.

Heiskanen becomes just the second rookie in franchise history to make an All-Star team, joining Danny O'Shea, who was selected as a member of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1968-69 season.

Seguin leads the Stars in points and assists this season, as well as +10 plus/minus. The Last Men In voting starts Thursday at 11 a.m. and ends Jan. 10 at 10:59 p.m.

The 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend is Jan. 25-26 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.



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<![CDATA[Bettman Says He Hasn't Talked to Stars About Lites' Comments]]>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 19:43:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/203*120/GettyImages-1088743272.jpg

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he hasn't reached out to the Dallas Stars about CEO Jim Lites' expletive-laced criticism of high-priced forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

Lites ripped Benn and Seguin on Friday, telling reporters their play has been "terrible" and saying owner Tom Gaglardi was frustrated as well. The NHL players' union called the comments "reckless and insulting," but Bettman sounded as if he wanted to stay out of the situation.

"We're never going to condone profanity," Bettman said during Boston's 4-2 victory over Chicago in the Winter Classic on Tuesday. "As a general rule I don't interfere in team dynamics, internal team dynamics.

"I've known Jim Lites for as long as I've been in the NHL and I know him to be passionate. I also respect the fact that Jamie and Tyler are terrific players and have done a great deal to grow the game in North America, particularly in Texas. ... I think we saw some frustration there. That comes from the fact that people are very competitive and want to do better."

Bettman made his remarks after announcing the Stars will host the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Texas. He also said the Colorado Avalanche will play at Air Force Academy on Feb. 15, 2020, as part of the Stadium Series, but the league wasn't ready to announce the opponents for those two outdoor games.

"We'll focus on those the next few weeks," Bettman said.

The NHL All-Star festivities are heading to St. Louis for the third time. The Blues also hosted the event in 1970 and 1988.

"St. Louis was a great host for the Winter Classic we recently had there," Bettman said. "In the final analysis, including the renovation at the Enterprise Center they've done, it made it the right time for us to go back."

The Heritage Classic returns on Oct. 26 when the Winnipeg Jets play the Calgary Flames at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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<![CDATA[Petry, Danault Lift Canadiens to 3-2 OT Win Against Stars]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 23:49:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeff-Petry-Getty-123118.jpg

Jeff Petry scored 14 seconds into overtime after Phillip Danault had both Montreal goals in regulation and the Canadiens rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Danault's two goals came nine days after getting a hat trick in a 4-3 overtime win at Vegas, giving him five of his seven goals this season in that span.

After the opening faceoff of 3-on-3 overtime, Paul Byron skated up the left side and slipped the puck across the ice to Petry, who easily beat Ben Bishop for his eighth goal.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin were on the ice for the Montreal's winning goal in their first loss since the high-priced forwards were harshly criticized by their front office. Benn scored his team-leading 16th goal on an assist from Seguin for a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Antii Niemi stopped 45 shots against his former team in his third straight start and second win since Carey Price was sidelined with a lower-body injury.

Danault's tying tally early in the third period came when he collected an errant shot behind the net and stuffed the puck between Bishop's pad and the post on a wraparound. His first goal for a 1-0 lead came on a loose puck just outside the crease as he was falling to the ice.

Benn's goal came on a power play after his brother, Jordie Benn, was penalized for hooking.

The Stars have split two games since expletive-laden rants against Benn and Seguin by club CEO Jim Lites. The critique that the two players on expensive long-term contracts were underperforming for a team falling short of expectations drew a rebuke from the NHL players' union.

While Seguin and Benn are still two of the top three scorers on their team, they're not on a pace to be among the top 25 in the NHL, which they've been in five previous seasons together. Seguin's assist on Benn's goal was his team-leading 23rd.

Radek Faksa pulled Dallas even at 1-1 in the second period when he put a wrist shot over Niemi's glove on a pass from Valeri Nichushkin. Bishop had 35 saves for Dallas.

NOTES
It was the 20th consecutive season for the Stars to play at home on New Year's Eve. They are 12-6-2 in those games. It was Montreal's second New Year's Eve visit. The previous one was a 1-1 tie in 2003. ... Stars D Connor Carrick played for the first time since Oct. 28. He's been out with a foot injury. ... Canadiens C Andrew Shaw didn't return after the first period because of an upper-body injury.

UP NEXT
Canadiens: Opener of three-game homestand Thursday against Vancouver.

Stars: New Jersey at home Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[NHL Union: Stars CEO Out of Line Blasting Seguin, Benn]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:35:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

The NHL players' union says comments from Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites were "reckless and insulting" after Lites went on expletive-laden rants criticizing high-priced forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

Lites also words such as "terrible" and "embarrassing" while saying Benn, the captain, and Seguin were playing poorly for a team underachieving in the Western Conference.

The Stars held the final playoff spot in the West when Lites sought out reporters in order to rip the players. Lites said owner Tom Gaglardi also was frustrated with the play of Seguin and Benn and concerned that a team with high expectations was in danger of missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 seasons.

The union said in a statement Sunday, "To say that Jim Lites' conduct is unprofessional would be a gross understatement," while adding, "this is not how professionals handle adversity."

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<![CDATA[Stars Blast Red Wings Day After CEO Rips Benn, Seguin]]>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 00:08:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Alexander-Radulov-Getty-120118.jpg

Alexander Radulov didn't see the harsh criticism of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin from the Dallas front office as a scathing critique of just the high-priced forwards.

The Russian in his second season with the Stars viewed it as a message for the entire team. If so, message received, at least for now.

Radulov scored twice and Dallas routed the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Saturday, a night after Stars CEO Jim Lites ripped Benn, the captain, and Seguin by saying they were underperforming for a team falling short of expectations.

"We're a team and we don't leave the guys by themselves so that's how we responded and they say whatever they want," Radulov said. "They're allowed to, basically. They're not happy with us so it's time to change. I think we made a small step today."

Seguin assisted on Radulov's second goal, the third of the second period for Dallas to give the Stars a 3-0 lead. Benn was held without a point for the ninth time in 10 games.

Ben Bishop stopped 33 shots for the Stars a game after Anton Khudobin set a franchise record for saves in a shutout with 49 in a 2-0 victory at Nashville.

Despite that victory coming out of the Christmas break, Stars CEO Jim Lites requested interviews Friday with reporters who cover the Stars and used words such as "terrible" and "embarrassing" to describe the play of Benn and Seguin.

Both players are under expensive contracts that go well into the 2020s, including an eight-year extension that Seguin signed before the season. They said after the morning skate that they hadn't heard directly from Lites before the comments.

Seguin and Benn largely shrugged off the criticism, with Benn saying he played for his teammates and coaches, not the CEO. Seguin said he thinks the team got the message. Neither player was available to reporters after the game.

Lites' harsh critique came when the Stars held the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. He said owner Tom Gaglardi was equally frustrated, and both were concerned that Dallas would miss the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 seasons without better play from the two stars.

With his two goals, Radulov passed Benn for second on the team in scoring with 31 points. Seguin has 33 points (11 goals, club-best 22 assists), while Benn leads with 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points.

However, Seguin and Benn are both outside the top 50 in points after both finished in the top 25 in each of their first five seasons together after Dallas got Seguin in a trade with Boston.

"I think we all feel responsible," said Jason Spezza, who scored an unassisted goal for a 5-0 lead early in the third period and had an assist. "It's not just those guys that need to be better. We all need to be better."

Blake Comeau opened the scoring early in the second period, and Radulov collected his 12th and 13th goals less than four minutes apart.

Radulov normally shares a line with Benn and Seguin, but the Russian opened with Benn and Roope Hintz while Seguin played with Devin Shore and Denis Gurianov.

Tyler Pitlick's third goal in three games since he was a healthy scratch in his home state of Minnesota put Dallas in front 4-0 early in the third period.

Detroit's Dylan Larkin ended the shutout early in the third period and extended his career-best points streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in the NHL.

"When you give teams goals in this league and you play from behind like we have the last few nights, it's tough to win," Justin Abdelkader said after the Red Wings' eighth loss in nine games. "They grinded us a bit. They moved the puck well."

NOTES
Radek Faksa had two assists for Dallas. ... Detroit defenseman Trevor Daley, who played his first 11 seasons in Dallas, was honored on the video board over recently playing in his 1,000th career game. Daley played 756 games for the Stars. ... Valeri Nichushkin was a healthy scratch for the Stars. He still doesn't have a goal in 30 games in his return to Dallas from the KHL after spending his first three NHL seasons with the Stars.

UP NEXT
Red Wings: Florida at home Monday.

Stars: Montreal in annual New Year's Eve home game Monday.

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<![CDATA['I Don't Play for Him': Benn, Seguin Respond to Criticism]]>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 20:19:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jamie-Benn-Getty-120318.jpg

A day after Stars CEO Jim Lites publicly and forcefully criticized captain Jamie Benn and top-line center Tyler Seguin, the two franchise cornerstones responded by saying they needed to be better, but also expressed surprise and disappointment at the comments.

On Friday morning, Lites reached out to local media members to tear into Benn and Seguin's performances this season, which have fallen short of previous career production. During a 20-plus minute conversation, Lites said the team was "getting terrible play from our top two players" and that they "are consistently out-efforted and outperformed by everybody else's best players."

Following Saturday's morning skate before the Stars take on Detroit, Benn was asked if it was tough to play for Lites following his comments a day prior.

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<![CDATA[Khudobin Makes 49 Saves as Stars Beat Predators 2-0]]>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 23:24:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallasAP_18362137855154.jpg

Anton Khudobin made a career-high 49 saves to lead the Dallas Stars to a 2-0 victory over the slumping Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Tyler Pitlick and Mattias Janmark scored for Dallas, which has won two of three.

Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots for the Predators, who have lost five straight.

Khudobin posted his first shutout of the season and seventh of his career. He was tested often, with his best save coming with six minutes remaining when he denied Ryan Johansen's slap shot from the right side with Nashville on a power play.

Pitlick scored the first goal at 7:20 of the opening period.

After a give-and-go with linemate Radek Faksa, Pitlick used Predators defenseman Matt Irwin as a screen and beat Rinne with a wrist shot from the left circle to the far side.

Janmark's unassisted goal at 11:09 of the second doubled the Dallas lead.

Irwin could not control a bouncing puck at the Stars blue line and Janmark carried it the other way. From the top of the left faceoff circle, Janmark pulled up and fired a slap shot on net. The puck deflected off Rinne's glove and trickled across the goal line.

The banged-up Predators got two players back in the lineup. Star defenseman P.K. Subban missed 19 games with an upper-body injury and forward Viktor Arvidsson missed 21 games with a broken thumb. Both were activated off injured



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<![CDATA[Lee Scores Tiebreaking Goal in 3rd, Islanders Beat Stars]]>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 23:52:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Anders Lee scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 10:10 to play, and the New York Islanders beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.

The Islanders' first two goals went in off Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin. On the winner, Nick Leddy's shot from the top of the slot hit the left post and went off Khudobin's right skate before Lee poked the puck between the goalie's legs.

Tyler Pitlick scored the game's first goal for the Stars in the second period before Casey Cizikas tied it with a fluke goal at 14:10.

Cizikas skated behind the net and shot a backhand off Khudobin's mask. The puck bounced down, hit the goalie's back and fell behind the goal line.

Leo Komarov added an empty-net goal with a minute remaining.

Khudobin finished with 25 saves.

Islanders goalie Robin Lehner made 19 saves, six in the third period against a listless Dallas offense on the second night of a back-to-back.

New York has won four of its last five games. The Stars had won two of three.

In the first period, the Islanders outshot Dallas 9-7 and had two power plays to the Stars' one. There were no shots on goal during any of the three man advantages.

Pitlick scored 6:20 into the second. He stickhandled in from the left along the goal line, moved the puck to his forehand and shot it inside the right post.

NOTES
Each team started its No. 2 goaltender.. Islanders D Devon Toews, 24, made his NHL debut because Johnny Boychuk returned to New York with his wife due to deliver their third child.. Dallas C Jason Dickinson was scratched from the lineup after leaving Saturday's game because of an upper-body injury. C Martin Hanzal (upper body) did not play after the first period.. The players wearing No. 47, Komarov and Stars RW Alexander Radulov, scrapped and drew roughing penalties twice in the second period. Radulov had 20 penalty minutes in his first 26 games but added eight more against the Islanders.. Entering the game, New York and Dallas were among the seven NHL teams that had allowed fewer than 100 goals. The Islanders now have given up 98 and the Stars 102.

UP NEXT
Islanders: Return home to face Ottawa on Friday.

Stars: Play at Nashville on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Radulov's Goal Lifts Stars Over Wild in OT]]>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 23:39:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Alexander-Radulov-Getty-120118.jpg

Alexander Radulov scored with 10 seconds on the clock in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Ben Bishop made 30 saves for Dallas, and Jamie Benn finally beat Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk 1:58 into the third period for his eighth goal in the past 14 games.

Dubnyk stopped 25 shots for the Wild, who have lost four in a row and nine of 12. Jason Zucker pushed the game to overtime with his 10th goal of the season with 2:03 left in regulation.

A wild, back-and-forth overtime finally turned in the Stars' favor when Radulov wristed a shot between Dubnyk and the post for his 11th goal. Dallas won for the second time in seven games.

Zucker finally ended an offensive slump for the Wild, who have three goals in the last four games. Eric Staal's shot was stopped and Mikael Granlund tried another one on the backside while falling backward before the puck trickled out to Zucker, who whipped it into an open net.

Minnesota was 0 for 3 on the power play against Bishop and is scoreless on its last nine chances with the man advantage since going 4 for 4 on Dec. 11.

The Wild had a four-minute power play after Dallas defenseman Roman Polak started a fight with Minnesota center Luke Kunin. Polak was assessed roughing, instigator and 10-minute misconduct penalties, but the Wild mustered just one shot on the power play.

NOTES
Minnesota D Matt Dumba missed his third game with an upper-body injury and the team announced he will have surgery next week. There is no timetable for his return. ... Dallas forward Jason Dickinson left with an upper-body injury and didn't return. ... C Jason Spezza returned for the Stars after missing two games with an illness. C Martin Hanzal didn't travel with the team to Minnesota. ... Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek was a healthy scratch for the second time this season. ... It was the 4,000th regular-season game in franchise history for the Stars. The first 2,061 were played as the Minnesota North Stars.

UP NEXT
Stars: Return home against the New York Islanders on Sunday.

Wild: Play at Chicago on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Kane Scores Twice as Blackhawks Beat Stars]]>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:17:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday night for their first win streak in two months.

Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists for last-place Chicago, and defenseman Erik Gustafsson scored for the second straight game. Brendan Perlini had an empty-netter, and Cam Ward made 26 saves.

The Blackhawks matched a season high with their second straight win. They hadn't won two in a row since Oct. 23 and 25 against Anaheim and the New York Rangers.

Tyler Seguin and Taylor Fedun scored for Dallas, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Ben Bishop had 24 stops.

The Blackhawks, who have struggled in the first period this season, got off to a rare fast start.

DeBrincat scored on Chicago's first shot on goal 1:12 into the game. David Kampf won a faceoff in the Dallas zone. The puck went to Dylan Sikura, who dropped it back to DeBrincat at the top of the left circle for a wrist shot that sailed inside the right goalpost.

The Blackhawks opened a 2-0 lead on their only power play. DeBrincat set up Gustafsson, who drove a slap shot from the right circle past Bishop at 17:23.

Kane got his 16th goal of the season 1:56 into the second period, skating down the slot and lifting a backhand into the net.

Dallas got on the board at 8:15 when Seguin converted a wrist shot off a pass from Jamie Benn.

In the first minute of the third period, Benn hit the left post with a shot. He helped get Dallas within one at 6:16 by chipping the puck away from Ward after Alexander Radulov left it on the doorstep. The puck went to Fedun with the right side of the net open.

But Chicago put it away on empty-net goals for Kane and Perlini after Bishop left for an extra skater.

NOTES: D John Klingberg returned to the Dallas lineup after missing 18 games because of a broken left hand. ... Stars F Jason Spezza (illness) missed his second straight game. ... Chicago D Connor Murphy caught an elbow and left with 2:52 to play.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Complete a two-game trip on Friday at Colorado.

Stars: Travel to Minnesota for a game on Saturday before returning home to play the Islanders on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Bishop, Khudobin Combine for Shutout, Stars Beat Flames]]>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 23:37:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Bishop-Getty-121818.jpg

Ben Bishop got help from backup Anton Khudobin in a combined shutout and the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Jamie Benn and Radek Faksa scored for the Stars as they dominated the first two periods.

Bishop was injured with 6:23 remaining in the second period when Garnet Hathaway skated into him behind the net. Khudobin closed out the period with three saves, and Bishop returned for the third, when he made 12 of his 21 stops. Hathaway was penalized for goaltender interference.

Dallas returned from an 0-4 trip to win their fifth straight home game. The Pacific Division-leading Flames had won three straight and eight of nine.

David Rittich stopped 26 shots for the Flames.

Dallas outshot Calgary 14-6 in the first period, including 11-3 over the first 12 minutes. Its best early chance came 9 1/2 minutes in, when Miro Heiskanen's shot hit the right goalpost.

The Stars' 12th shot gave them a 1-0 lead at 12:15 of the first period. Tyler Seguin passed from just behind the goal line to the front of the net, where Benn easily deflected it past Rittich.

Dallas had the first seven shots on goal in the second period. Valeri Nichushkin had a good early chance but couldn't get the puck on his stick as he skated toward a mostly open net.

The Stars took a 2-0 lead at 17:17 of the second when the puck went from Martin Hanzal to Faksa in the slot. He put the puck on his backhand and slid it into the right corner.

NOTES
In 30 career games against the Flames, Benn has 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists). ... After allowing three power-play goals in a loss at Colorado on Saturday, the Stars' penalty killers were 4 for 4. ... Dallas F Jason Spezza missed his first game this season because of strep throat. ... Calgary LW James Neal (lower-body injury) also sat out for the first time, missing a chance to play against his former team. C Sam Bennett (upper body) was out for the second game in a row, leaving the Flames with only 11 forwards.

UP NEXT
Flames: Open a two-game homestand Thursday against Tampa Bay.

Stars: Complete a two-game homestand vs. Chicago on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Landeskog, Rantanen Lift Avs to Win Over Stars]]>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:25:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gabriel-Landeskog-Getty-121518.jpg

Gabriel Landeskog scored twice, including the winner with 3:20 remaining, Mikko Rantanen added two more on the power play and the Colorado Avalanche recovered after blowing a three-goal lead and beat the Dallas Stars 6-4 on Saturday night.

Landeskog, Matt Calvert and Rantanen staked Colorado to a 3-0 lead during a first period in which the Avalanche had two goals disallowed due to goaltender interference.

Esa Lindell and Tyler Seguin brought Dallas back by scoring 44 seconds apart in the middle period. Seguin added another in the third and Jamie Benn tied it with 4:36 left.

Landeskog's winner was a redirect after a shot by defenseman Erik Johnson from the blue line. Nathan MacKinnon sealed the win with an empty-net goal. MacKinnon also had three assists to help the Avs snap a three-game skid that included an overtime loss in St. Louis on Friday.

Rantanen had two goals and an assist in extending his point streak to 14 straight games. The Finnish forward's point streak ties MacKinnon (last season) and Joe Sakic (2000) for third-longest since the team moved to town in 1995-96.

Pulled from his last two starts, Semyon Varlamov found his groove early, staggered in the second and then made several big saves in the third period. Varlamov has allowed 18 goals over his last four games.

Ben Bishop gave the Stars a boost in goal after taking over for starter Anton Khudobin following the opening period. Bishop finished with 14 saves.

The Stars finished winless on a four-game trip.

Trailing 3-0 midway through the second period, Lindell scored a short-handed goal and Seguin followed with another over a sprawled-out Varlamov.

Rantanen has a league-leading 56 points this season.

Landeskog scored his 20th goal of the season on a power play early in the first period. Moments later, Calvert added another when Dallas turned the puck over deep in its zone.

Colorado nearly broke the game open, but Colin Wilson's goal was disallowed on review for goaltender interference when A.J. Greer and a Dallas defenseman crashed into Khudobin.

Carl Soderberg also had a goal overturned for bumping into Khudobin.

NOTES
The Stars recalled F Denis Gurianov from Texas of the AHL on Friday. ... Colorado F Alexander Kerfoot missed a third straight game with an upper body injury. ... Avalanche F J.T. Compher banged his head into the boards after a third-period hit from defenseman Julius Honka.

UP NEXT
Stars: Host Calgary on Tuesday night.

Avalanche: Host the New York Islanders on Monday night in the second of a four-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Meier Scores 2 Goals to Lead Sharks Past Stars]]>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 03:12:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1072916032.jpg

On a night when they didn't necessarily play their best game, the San Jose Sharks found a way to rise to the occasion.

Timo Meier scored two goals, Logan Couture had two assists and San Jose defeated the Dallas Stars 3-2 Thursday.

After totaling 10 goals in their previous two games, the Sharks were scoreless for the first 36:20.

"I didn't think we started great," coach Pete DeBoer said. "You have to give (the Stars) some credit. I thought they played a very good game for back-to-back games. I thought they were tight and didn't give us a lot of room.

"I think as the season goes on and you travel, some nights you feel better than others, and tonight was a night where I thought we were off a little, but we battled and found a way to win."

Meier's 17th and 18th goals sent the Sharks to their third straight win and fifth in six games. Meier has four goals in his last two games and 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past six contests.

Joe Thornton also scored and Martin Jones made 20 saves for the Sharks.

A fortuitous bounce figured prominently in Thornton's goal, with the puck caroming off a shin pad in front.

"Yeah, just one of those where it just pops out and there was an open net," Thornton said. "Just good fortune, I guess."

San Jose prevented a three-game season series sweep by Dallas, which had won three straight and six of seven against the Sharks. Dallas has lost three in a row overall after winning its previous four.

"I thought tonight we played a really hard game," Stars forward Blake Comeau said. "We played in a tough building against a really good team on a back-to-back . but it's a results-based league. It's disappointing we didn't get the win, but that being said, I thought we did a lot better job tonight than we did in Anaheim and that's a good step moving forward."

Meier scored at 2:50 of the third period to break a 1-all tie. Just more than five minutes later, the Sharks made it 3-1 on Thornton's fifth goal of the season.

Miro Heiskanen scored his seventh for Dallas with 7:36 left to make it 3-2.

Radek Faksa scored at 3:35 of the second to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Faksa jumped on the rebound of Julius Honka's shot in front and put the puck past Jones for his fifth goal.

Meier tied it at 16:20 of the second, firing a shot from 5 feet inside the blue line through a crowd of players off a faceoff.

Stars goalie Anton Khudobin turned back 21 shots after going 5-1 with a 1.32 goals-against average in his previous six games against San Jose.

"I thought our effort was pretty good tonight," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "The chances were almost even, the shots were almost even. They get that shot off a shin pad that goes to Thornton on a back door . we didn't get that bounce."

NOTES: Thornton was in the lineup after missing Wednesday's practice and Thursday's optional skate with an undisclosed injury. ... Couture has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his last nine games. ... Stars D Gavin Bayreuther was a healthy scratch. ... Stars C Martin Hanzal was a scratch after playing three straight games, his first action since undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April. ... Dallas didn't hold a morning skate after playing in Anaheim on Wednesday night. ... The Sharks had five shots on goal and the Stars three in the first period.

UP NEXT

Stars: Wrap up four-game road trip Saturday in Colorado.

Sharks: Play at Chicago on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Ducks Rally Past Stars]]>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:37:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has called Ondrej Kase the "Energizer Bunny" of his team.

Kase certainly had plenty of jump Wednesday night, rallying Anaheim to its seventh victory in eight games.

The 23-year-old forward from the Czech Republic got his first NHL hat trick in a 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Anaheim trailed 3-2 at the end of the second period but scored four goals in the third, including three in a three-minute span to take control.

"He's a guy that numerous times has been a clutch goal scorer. He's the type of player that seems to hound the puck and be effective and now he's being rewarded," Carlyle said.

Kase completed his hat trick at 10:45 of the third when he pounced on a loose puck in front and put it past goalie Ben Bishop to tie the game at 3. Cam Fowler had Anaheim's only other hat trick this season on Nov. 4 against Columbus.

"I just closed my eyes and shot the puck. I had room, so I just tried to hit the net," said Kase, who has played 134 career games. "It was amazing. I'm so happy."

Brandon Montour, who had four points in the final 20 minutes, gave Anaheim the lead 81 seconds later when he connected on a slap shot after Bishop was knocked down by one of his own players.

Jakob Silfverberg then scored for the fourth straight game when he tapped in the puck with his skate on a breakaway to extend the lead. Hampus Lindholm added an empty-net goal as Anaheim got its sixth win when trailing after two periods. John Gibson stopped 26 shots.

Kase missed the first 18 games of the season after sustaining a concussion in the final preseason game but has a point in nine of the 15 games he has played. The right wing has five goals and four assists in the past five games.

"He's got such a different skill level with his speed, his hands and his offensive instincts. It's tough for defensemen to challenge," said Montour, who had a career-high three assists.

Miro Heiskanen, Blake Comeau and Alexander Radulov scored in a five-minute span during the second period for Dallas, which has dropped its last two games after winning four straight. Devin Shore added two assists.

"It was a tale of three periods," said Bishop, who made 30 saves. "I think they obviously took it to us in the first. We took it to them in the second. Then, they took it back in the third."

Kase opened the scoring less than seven minutes into the game when he took a pass from Pontus Aberg in front and beat Bishop for his third goal in four games.

Heiskanen evened it on the power play when he got the rebound of a shot by Jason Spezza and fired a slap shot past Gibson. Two minutes later, Dallas took the lead when Shore fed Comeau near the far post for a wide-open shot. Rudulov gave the Stars their second power-play goal of the period with a high wrist shot from the right circle.

Kase pulled the Ducks to 3-2 late in the second with a wrist shot that went between Bishop's legs.

MILESTONE NIGHT

Ryan Getzlaf had two assists to become the second player in Anaheim history to go over 900 points in his career. The Anaheim captain, who has 901 points (255 goals, 646 assists), is the eighth active skater to reach that milestone. Teemu Selanne is the franchise leader with 988 points.

"It's another step along the way. I'm in good company with Teemu and he's a good guy to be chasing," Getzlaf said.

NOTES: Dallas won the season series 2-1. ... Anaheim has won its last six at home against the Stars. ... Anaheim had a season-high 15 shots in the first period. The last time it had 15 or more in the first 20 minutes was 16 against Colorado on April 1 last season. ... It is the fifth time this season the Stars have scored three or more goals in the second period. Three of those games have been against the Ducks. ... Heiskanen, who leads NHL rookie defensemen with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists), has scored a point in three straight games (two goals, two assists). ... Spezza has an assist in three consecutive games.

UP NEXT

Stars: Continue their road trip Thursday at San Jose.

Ducks: Begin their longest road trip of the season (six games) on Saturday in Columbus.

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<![CDATA[Tuch's Game-Winner Lifts Vegas Past Dallas]]>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:12:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alex-Tuch-Getty-120918.jpg

Alex Tuch got his 10th goal of the season and the Golden Knights won their fifth straight at home, beating the Dallas Stars 4-2 Sunday night.

Tuch became the fifth Golden Knights player to reach double figures in goals just before the end of the second period, when he chopped a loose puck just past defenseman Miro Heiskanen's skate and through goaltender Ben Bishop's five-hole to give the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead.

Ryan Carpenter, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith also scored to help Vegas improve to 10-3-1 at T-Mobile Arena. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots.

Martin Hanzal and Esa Lindell scored for Dallas, and Bishop made 24 saves. The Stars snapped a four-game winning streak.

Hanzal, who had spinal fusion surgery in March and made his season debut on Friday, shielded Fleury perfectly and was in the right spot to deflect Heiskanen's shot into the net to give Dallas the early 1-0 lead.

Vegas tied it when Carpenter gathered the loose puck from a rebound and stroked it into the open net near the end of the first.

The Golden Knights highlighted the scoreboard in the second period with a pair of even-strength goals immediately following power-play opportunities, including Tuch's game-winner.

Karlsson collected a cross-ice pass from Nate Schmidt, skated inside the circle and lasered the puck through Bishop's pads 3 seconds after the Stars killed off an interference penalty on Hanzal.

The Golden Knights and Dallas have two of the best penalty kills in the NHL, both coming into the game ranked in the top five.

Vegas, which was 1 for 5 with a man advantage, has scored a power-play goal in 12 of its last 17 games. The Stars, who came into the game ranked 21st on the power play, were 2 for 4 with an extra man.

Smith's empty-net goal with 28 seconds left provided the final margin.

NOTES
Karlsson has scored a goal in five of his last eight games. ... Vegas leads the NHL with 887 hits, but were outhit by the Stars, 31-23. ... In his first two games back on the ice, Hanzal is 13 for 21 (61.9 percent) from the faceoff circle in 26:06 of ice time.

UP NEXT
Dallas: Continues its four-game trip at Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Vegas: Opens a four-game trip at the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Heiskanen, Ritchie Score in 3rd, Stars Beat Sharks 3-2]]>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 23:39:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1069632132.jpg

Miro Heiskanen and Brett Ritchie scored in the third period, and the Dallas Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

The game was tied at 1 before Heiskanen scored from the top of the right faceoff circle 4:38 into the third. Ritchie then got his second of the season at 6:26, making it 3-1 Dallas.

The Stars also got a solid performance from Ben Bishop, who made a season-high 41 saves.

Evander Kane and Logan Couture scored for San Jose, which was coming off consecutive wins against Montreal and Carolina. Erik Karlsson had two assists, and Martin Jones stopped 27 shots.

The Sharks dominated the first period, outshooting Dallas 13-5. San Jose nearly scored 1:14 into the game when Timo Meier's shot from the slot hit the right post.

At 9:22, Kane took a pass from Karlsson on the inside edge of the left circle and slid the puck inside the left post for his eighth goal of the season.

On a 2-on-0 break at the end of a Dallas power play early in the second period, Bishop trapped the puck under his pads. It trickled into the net, but the play had been whistled dead.

The Stars tied the game at 14:05. Roman Polak sent the puck out of the Dallas end and Mattias Janmark picked it up at the San Jose blue line for a breakaway. He beat Jones for his second goal of the season.

Dallas had a 2-on-1 break that put the puck in the net with 2:14 left in the second, but the officials ruled Jamie Benn had kicked it in.

Couture tipped in a shot by Karlsson 31 seconds after Ritchie's goal. But San Jose was shut out the rest of the way.

NOTES: Dallas C Martin Hanzal played for the first time since undergoing offseason spine surgery. ... Sharks C Joe Thornton played in his 1,514th game, tying Steve Yzerman for 18th on the NHL career list. ... Kane's goal was his first in nine games.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Complete a quick two-game trip at Arizona on Saturday.

Stars: Begin a four-game trip Sunday at Vegas. They visit San Jose on Thursday.



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<![CDATA[Benn's 5th Goal in 6 Games Helps Stars Beat Oilers]]>Mon, 03 Dec 2018 23:41:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jamie-Benn-Getty-120318.jpg

Jamie Benn scored his fifth goal in six games, helping the Dallas Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Monday night.

Jason Dickinson, Brett Ritchie and Esa Lindell also scored in the Stars' third straight win. Mattias Janmark had two assists and Anton Khudobin stopped 28 shots.

Jujhar Khaira spoiled Khudobin's shutout bid with 5:24 left in the third and Mikko Koskinen finished with 21 saves as the Oilers snapped a three-game win streak. Edmonton's streak started with a 1-0 overtime win at home over Dallas last Tuesday.

Benn scored his team-leading 12th goal on the power play at 7:24 of the third period, tipping a pass from Gavin Bayreuther past Koskinen to push the lead to 3-0. The Stars had been 2 for 29 with a man advantage over the previous 10 games.

Lindell capped the scoring with an unassisted, short-handed, empty-net goal with 2:14 left by sending the puck the length of the ice with the Oilers skating 6-on-4.

The Stars' first goal came at 10:59 of the opening period. Ritchie dug the puck out of the left corner to Janmark in the left faceoff circle. Janmark passed across to Dickinson at the right of the net for an easy snap shot into the open right side of the net for his fifth.

Each team had a good scoring chance in the second period, but neither scored. Khudobin stopped a wrist shot by Jesse Puljujarvi, who then took the rebound and hit the crossbar. On a 2-on-1 during the period's only power play, Dallas' Tyler Seguin kept the puck but hit the crossbar behind Koskinen.

At 1:51 of the third period, Janmark passed from the slot across to Ritchie to the left of the net. Ritchie scored his first goal of the season by fitting the puck between Koskinen and the left goalpost.

NOTES
Edmonton C Connor McDavid and C Ryan Spooner missed the game because of illness. ... Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock returned to Dallas for the first time since coaching the Stars last season. The Edmonton native took over the Oilers on Nov. 20. ... The Stars are 8-0-1 vs. Pacific Division this season, including 1-0-1 vs. the Oilers. ... The teams' final meeting will be on March 28 at Edmonton.

UP NEXT
Oilers: At St. Louis on Wednesday night in the second game of a two-game trip.

Stars: Host San Jose on Friday night to complete a two-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Radulov Scores Go-Ahead Goal, Stars Edge Struggling Canucks]]>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 20:46:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Alexander-Radulov-Getty-120118.jpg

The slumping Canucks held the Stars scoreless for 50 minutes but couldn't close it out.

Alex Radulov scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period as the Dallas edged Vancouver 2-1 on Saturday.

Jamie Benn also scored midway through the third for the Stars, who are 3-1-1 in their last five games.

Ben Bishop made 24 saves in his first start since returning from a lower-body injury that kept him sidelined for five games.

"You've got to be able to close out games if you want to be a good team," said Bishop. "It's not always going to be pretty, but we found a way to do it tonight.

"You've just got to find ways. Finding different ways to win makes you a better team."

Bo Horvat scored for the Canucks, who have only one win in their past 12. Anders Nilsson made 25 saves for Vancouver.

"This is a game that in my mind we lost down the stretch," Vancouver coach Travis Green said. "Their veteran guys took over. It happens fast and momentum changes. We played a real stingy game for 50 minutes and all of sudden their guys smelled blood. We cracked earlier than they did."

"It's a real tough way to lose. It's a game we'll learn more from than some of the other losses."

Radulov's winner came with 3:23 left in the game. Benn found the Russian winger skating in alone in the slot, and Radulov backhanded it in to quiet the crowd.

Benn and Tyler Seguin were the busiest Stars offensively, swarming Nilsson all night. Nilsson was forced to make several strong saves against the duo, including a jaw-dropping glove grab against Seguin in the first.

Benn said his near-misses only made him more determined.

"It makes you hungrier," said Benn. "We had a lot (of chances) in the first and second that weren't going in. I like how we stuck with it and found a way."

Nilsson was impressive in the first. He faced only six shots, but made several strong saves, including a jaw-dropping glove grab to deny Dallas forward Tyler Seguin.

The Canucks got on the board with just over four minutes to play in the first. Winger Antoine Roussel, a former Star, broke away along the wing and lobbed a rolling puck to Horvat, who got enough stick on it to beat Bishop.

"It's a matter of putting the full 60 together," Horvat said. "The first and second we had our chances, with lots of shots on net. But no excuse -- we need to be better."

Bishop was solid at the other end in the second when he stopped Brock Boeser on a breakaway.

"I wanted to go five-hole, but he read me like a book," said Boeser. "It's tough obviously, that play goes through my head a lot after the game and I'll be thinking about it."

Nilsson did the same to Blake Comeau with a glove save. The Canucks netminder faced the Stars' power play in the final two minutes of the second, but preserved the one-goal lead.

Seguin and Benn, doing most of the offensive work with seven of the Stars' 17 shots through two periods, swarmed Nilsson early in the third. But a tripping penalty on Jason Spezza put Dallas on the defensive, forcing the Stars to kill Vancouver's fourth power play of the game.

Benn finally tied it 1-1 at 10:19 of the third. After a shot from the point by Miro Heiskanen bounced through traffic at the net, Benn swooped around the back of the net and banged in the loose puck at the side.

UP NEXT
Stars: Host Edmonton on Monday night.

Canucks: Host Minnesota on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Tyler Seguin Scores in OT, Stars Beat Flames]]>Thu, 29 Nov 2018 07:43:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TYLER_SEGUIN_ON_SEASON_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1206934595606.jpg

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn took full advantage of a poor defensive effort by the Calgary Flames.

Seguin scored 24 seconds into overtime, with an assist from Benn, to give the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over Calgary on Wednesday night.

Benn knocked the puck into the slot, where Seguin was wide open and put a shot inside the post on David Rittich.

"I mentally kind of knew I was shooting there already," Seguin said. "Earlier I had a play, a chance, and I saw low glove open and said if I got the chance in the slot I'd shoot there again."

Rittich argued Benn interfered with him, but the goal stood up after a video review.

It was redemption for Benn, the Dallas captain, who took two minor penalties in the third period. The second one led to Johnny Gaudreau's goal at 9:41 that made it 2-all.

"Obviously he played that overtime with a little guilt," Seguin said. "I'm happy how hard he worked. He's our leader and captain and everyone follows him."

Benn scored his team-leading 10th goal on a power play at 18:02 of the second period, steering in a perfect feed from Seguin to give Dallas a 2-1 lead heading into the third.

"I like to think everybody follows me. I take pride in being the captain of this team and trying to do the right things all the time," Benn said. "When I'm doing that, they've got someone to follow."

Jason Spezza and Gavin Bayreuther added goals to help Dallas snap a four-game road losing streak. Anton Khudobin made 30 saves.

"I thought our effort was great. Our execution was poor," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "The way the guys dug in and kept battling was pretty impressive."

Garnet Hathaway and Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary. The Flames are 4-1-1 in their last six.

"We're fortunate to get a point out of the game tonight," coach Bill Peters said. "I didn't think we were very good. I didn't think our attention to detail was very good and our commitment to doing it right wasn't where it needs to be to get two points."

After trailing 2-1, the Flames took their first lead midway through the third period on goals 1:10 apart.

Gaudreau fired a shot top corner for a power-play goal. Giordano made it 3-2 with a similar-looking shot from a similar spot, again beating Khudobin with a rising shot over his glove.

The Stars tied it less than three minutes later. Matthew Tkachuk's clearing attempt went onto the stick of Bayreuther and the rookie defenseman fired his second of the season past Rittich.

"We had complete control when we took the lead," Giordano said. "We gave them the tie and just cost ourselves a point with a couple bad plays. It's tough to swallow right now, honestly. I thought we should have won that one."

Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each finished minus-3 for the Flames. They were on the ice when Spezza slipped into the slot undetected and one-timed Radek Faksa's pass behind Rittich just 41 seconds into the game. It was their missed coverage in overtime, too.

"Losing (stinks), obviously. Losing that way, it's even worse," Monahan said. "You come back in a game and get a lead, then give it back and give them an easy one there in overtime. That's on us, that's on me and I take the fall for that."

NOTES: Khudobin started again in the absence of Ben Bishop (lower body), who is expected back Saturday after missing the last five games. ... Rittich finished with 24 saves. He dropped to 8-2-1. ... The Stars improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight games at the Saddledome. ... Calgary LW Michael Frolik (lower body) is back skating. He has missed four games.

UP NEXT

Stars: Wrap up their four-game road trip Saturday night in Vancouver.

Flames: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Fall to Edmonton Oilers in OT]]>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 07:22:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Ken Hitchcock earned his first home victory as coach of the Edmonton Oilers against his former team.

Oscar Klefbom scored his first goal of the season in overtime, leading Edmonton to a 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

"In our division, I think that is how we are going to have to win and we know that," Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said on playing in tight games since Hitchcock's arrival. "When we went on our playoff run a couple of years ago, we were winning all those 3-2, 4-2, 2-1 games. We have to get back to that and understand that is the way that we are going to have success."

Goalie Mikko Koskinen made 28 saves and earned his second career shutout for Edmonton.

Hitchcock, an Edmonton native who took over for the fired Todd McLellan last week, coached parts of eight seasons with the Stars in his career.

"One thing I've learned coaching in the West is, you've got to get points when you're tired," Hitchcock said. "We knew when we didn't get the lead in the first period that we'd be in a bit of trouble, because our energy was lacking. So, we ground it down. You've got to get points in the West when you're down to eight percent, and that means you have to grind them."

Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots for the Stars, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

"We are dedicated to playing on the right side of the puck and we're getting back," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. "We're improving. Right now, I wish we would have had that extra point."

Leon Draisaitl made a perfect pass 2:42 into overtime to set up Klefbom for the winner as the Oilers snapped a two-game losing skid.

"We have that confidence going into overtime. We have almost a mental advantage going into three-on-three," Klefbom said. "It's been a long wait between goals with a lot of shots on goal. It was a good time to get the first one tonight."

After two scoreless periods, Edmonton's Ryan Spooner had one of the best chances of the game with four minutes left in the third period, but Khubodin came up with a clutch save.

At the other end, Koskinen stopped Dallas forward Jamie Benn in the final seconds of regulation.

Just 1:15 into overtime, Connor McDavid had a breakaway and was stopped, but the puck was poked by Dallas defender Alexander Radulov toward his own net. It appeared the puck crossed the line before being fished to safety, but the goal was disallowed after a video review.

NOTES: It was the first of three meetings between the Oilers and Stars this season. . The Stars were without six players due to injuries, including four defensemen and goaltender Ben Bishop, who missed his third game with a lower-body injury. . Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera skated with the team for the first time this season on Tuesday, but is still expected to be out for at least a month with an Achilles injury.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Calgary on Wednesday.

Oilers: Host Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Compher, Rantanen Score Late in 3rd, Avs Defeat Stars]]>Sun, 25 Nov 2018 00:50:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Stars-Getty-112418.jpg

J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen scored 45 seconds apart late in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night.

Rantanen also had an assist, and Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. Colorado has won four in a row and is 6-0-1 in its last seven games.

Rantanen leads the NHL in points (38) and assists (28), while MacKinnon is second in points with 35.

Radek Faska and Jamie Benn had goals, Alexander Radulov had two assists and Anton Khudobin stopped 33 shots for the Stars. Dallas has lost three of its last four and couldn't get a win in coach Jim Montgomery's return to Denver. Montgomery coached Denver University for five seasons and led the Pioneers to the 2017 national championship.

The Stars trailed 1-0 when Faska and Benn scored in a span of 3:31 to give Dallas a 2-1 lead with 4:57 left. The Avalanche tied it on Compher's goal at 17:18.

Colorado got the tiebreaker when Rantanen knocked in Erik Johnson's rebound at 18:03 of the third period for his 10th goal. Semyon Varlamov stopped a furious rally in the crease in the final seconds and finished with 27 saves.

The Avalanche scored after Dallas killed off the first of two Colorado power plays in the second period. Gabe Landeskog controlled the puck down low and floated a pass to Rantanen at the bottom of the right circle. Rantanen sent a pass to the other side of the crease to MacKinnon, who beat Khudobin on the short side at 13:11.

It was his 15th of the season.

NOTES
Compher has three goals in the last two games after missing 16 games with a head injury. ... The Avalanche hosted two survivors of the bus crash in April that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Defenseman Ryan Straschnitzki and goaltender Jacob Wasserman were honored before the game and participated in the ceremonial puck drop. ... Colorado forward Sven Andrighetto was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. He played in three games after missing six with an injury.

UP NEXT
Dallas: Continues its four-game road trip at Edmonton on Tuesday night.

Colorado: Travels to Nashville on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Heiskanen Scores 2 Goals, Stars Rally to Beat Senators]]>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 01:08:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1071558930.jpg

Miro Heiskanen scored two goals, and the Dallas Stars rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Friday night.

Jamie Benn, Taylor Fedun, Blake Comeau and Gavin Bayreuther also scored for Dallas.

Ryan Dzingel, Brady Tkachuk, Maxime Lajoie and Zach Smith scored for Ottawa.

The Senators twice held one-goal leads. Dallas came back with four in a row late in the second period and early in the third, starting with rookie Heiskanen's first that tied the game at 12:45 of the second period.

Fedun scored the tiebreaking goal in his first game for the Stars at 18:48 of the second. Heiskanen, who had his first multi-goal game, and Comeau added third-period goals for a 5-2 lead.

After Lajoie and Smith rallied Ottawa within a goal, Bayreuther, a rookie, scored into an empty net for his first NHL goal.

Benn scored the Stars' first goal at 10:22 of the first period.

Dzingel and Tkachuk had given Ottawa its early leads.

Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 48 saves. The Stars finished with 54 shots on goal, one off the record for their 24 seasons in Dallas.

Anton Khudobin stopped 29 shots for the Stars.

Ottawa's Bobby Ryan had three assists, and Thomas Chabot and Matt Duchene added two apiece.

For Dallas, Mattias Janmark, Devin Shore and Alexander Radulov each had two assists.

Teamwork resulted in the game's first goal for Ottawa 3:05 into the game. Chabot dug the puck out of the left corner and Ryan took it behind the goal line and passed out to Dzingel in front, who scored his 10th goal of the season on a wrist shot.

Dallas tied the game 1-1 at 10:22. Tyler Seguin sent the puck across from the right corner, and Benn deflected it into the left side of the net before Anderson could get back into position.

Ottawa took another lead on its first power play at 10:02 of the second period. Tkachuk took in a rebound, shot it into Khudobin's pads and gathered up that rebound and slid a wrist shot behind the goalie.

Dallas pulled into a tie again on Heiskanen's wrist shot from above the left faceoff circle at 12:45.

NOTES: Ottawa D Ben Harpur returned after missing two months because of a back injury. . Senators RW Mark Stone left in the third period after being hit in the face by a shot. . Stars C Devin Shore (lower-body injury) started the game after missing four games on injured reserve. G Ben Bishop (lower body) went on IR. . D Julius Honka (illness) was inactive for the second straight game. . D Taylor Fedun was recalled from Texas of the AHL to play his first game for Dallas since being traded from Buffalo on Nov. 10.

UP NEXT

Senators: At the Rangers on Monday to play the third of four straight road games.

Stars: At Colorado on Saturday to begin a four-game trip during a stretch with seven of eight games on the road.

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<![CDATA[Crosby Scores in Return, Penguins Pound Stars 5-1]]>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 22:44:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/185*120/GettyImages-1064114728.jpg

Sidney Crosby returned from an upper-body injury to pick up a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins drilled the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Wednesday night.

The Pittsburgh captain missed three games after getting hurt last week, the latest setback during a forgettable early opening quarter of the season for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders.

Crosby provided Pittsburgh with a needed spark. He set up Jake Guentzel for a goal less than 4 minutes into the game and provided a highlight-reel marker later in the opening period when he raced to the net and smacked in a rebound past Anton Khudobin to give Pittsburgh a three-goal lead.

Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Penguins. Two days after letting a 4-1 advantage disappear in a loss to Buffalo, Pittsburgh clamped down on the Stars. Casey DeSmith was rarely tested early and finished with 18 saves.

Mattias Janmark spoiled DeSmith's bid for a shutout with a third-period goal for Dallas, but the Stars couldn't recover after getting buried early. Khudobin was pulled after Pearson beat him with a slap shot on the breakaway made it 5-0. Khudobin stopped just 11 of 16 shots. Rookie Landon Bow played well in his NHL debut, stopping all 14 shots he faced.

The Penguins began the day at the bottom of the Eastern Conference thanks to a 1-7-2 slide, unfamiliar territory for a team less than 18 months removed from back to back championships. The defense has been shaky at best and the goaltending not much better. Head coach Mike Sullivan preached patience and on Tuesday stressed the team had no plans to abandon the frenetic style of play that has become its trademark during his nearly three-year tenure.

For a night, it seemed like old times. Having Crosby's familiar No. 87 in the lineup certainly helped.

He slid a backhand pass across the ice to Guentzel for a one-timer that slipped between Khudobin's pads to give the Penguins the lead 3:58 into the first period. Malkin's wrist shot on the power play just over 2 minutes later doubled Pittsburgh's advantage, the Russian star flexing as the red goal light came on.

Crosby collected his ninth of the season in spectacular fashion, racing down the right side while holding off Dallas defenseman Esa Lindell before flicking a shot at Khudobin and knocking in the rebound. The goal wrapped a frantic start by Pittsburgh against a team that had allowed just 10 first-period goals all season.

It would get no better for Dallas in the second. DeSmith denied Tyler Seguin on a breakaway and moments later Hornqvist flipped in a rebound to push it to 4-0. The sequence repeated itself when DeSmith got a pad on a shot by Janmark, leading to a breakout that ended with Pearson -- acquired in a trade with Los Angeles last week -- ripping a slap shot that ended Khudobin's night.

NOTES: The Penguins went 1 for 3 on the power play. The Stars were 0 for 2 with the man advantage. ... Dallas scratched starting goalie Ben Bishop (injury), D Julius Honka and F Gemel Smith. ... Pittsburgh scratched D Chad Ruhwedel and F Daniel Sprong.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Penguins: Visit Boston on Friday night.



Photo Credit: NHLI via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Ken Hitchcock Hired to Lead Languishing Edmonton Oilers]]>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:25:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ken-hitchcock-dallas-stars.jpg

The Edmonton Oilers fired coach Todd McLellan on Tuesday and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock with hopes of reviving a team languishing in sixth place in the Pacific Division.

McLellan was in his fourth season behind the Oilers' bench. The team missed the playoffs in two of his previous three seasons despite having superstar Connor McDavid on its roster and the Oilers were just 9-10-1 entering its game Tuesday night at San Jose.

McLellan is the fourth coach to be fired already this season, following John Stevens in Los Angeles, Joel Quenneville in Chicago and Mike Yeo in St. Louis.

The Oilers have lost six of their last seven games and only the Blues and Los Angeles Kings are below them in the Western Conference standings.

"Obviously it is frustrating, there is no other way to say it," McDavid said Sunday after a loss to Vegas. "Especially because we have shown we can be a good team. We had that 8-1-1 stretch where we looked really good and now we have wavered and find ourselves dipping a bit. We just have to get back to that brand of hockey that we know we can play."

The 66-year-old Hitchcock announced his retirement in April after a 22-year coaching career, which included a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999. He had two stints in Dallas as well as head coaching stops in Philadelphia (2002-2006), Columbus (2006-2010) and St. Louis (2011-2017).

The Edmonton native is the third-winningest coach in NHL history with an overall record of 823-506-88-119 (.603 winning percentage). He has guided teams to eight division titles and twice to the best record in the NHL.

In April, Hitchcock sounded as if he was ready to retire for good as he stepped down from the bench in Dallas.

"I have contemplated this since our last game and I came to the conclusion that now is the right time to step away and let the younger generation of coaches take over," Hitchcock said then.

He had returned to Dallas after 14 seasons elsewhere, with the hope of getting Dallas back to the playoffs but a late-season slump kept them out for the second straight year and the eighth time in 10 seasons.

St. Louis made the playoffs in each of Hitchcock's five full seasons, reaching the Western Conference finals in 2016. The Blues abruptly fired Hitchcock in February last year, cutting short what was already going to be his last season in St. Louis.

Hitchcock's playoff record is 86-82, and he also has an extensive background with Team Canada, which he led to a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship. He was an assistant when Canada won Olympic gold in 2002, 2010 and 2014.

In Edmonton, there is plenty of blame to go around for the lackluster start by a top-heavy roster led by McDavid and fellow center Leon Draisaitl. General manager Peter Chiarelli traded winger Taylor Hall to New Jersey for defenseman Adam Larsson in June 2016, and then signed forward Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million contract a few days later.

Hall won the Hart Trophy as league MVP last season, while Lucic has two goals in his last 66 games.

Hitchcock becomes the seventh coach for the Oilers since the team fired Craig McTavish at the end of the 2008-09 season, following Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger, Dallas Eakins, Todd Nelson and McLellan.



Photo Credit: Andy Jacobsohn | The Dallas Morning News]]>
<![CDATA[Chytil Scores Again, Rangers Beat Stars]]>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 22:04:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Filip-Chytil-Getty-111918.jpg

Filip Chytil scored the tiebreaking goal 4:32 into the third period to rally the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Jimmy Vesey also scored and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 16 shots to help the Rangers win their sixth straight at home. New York has also won eight of its last 10 overall (8-1-1). Chytil, the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, scored for the fourth straight game to become the first teenager in franchise history to score accomplish that feat.

Tyler Seguin scored early in the second period to give Dallas the lead. Ben Bishop made 12 saves before leaving after two periods due to a lower body injury. Anton Khudobin stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced in the third.

The Stars snapped a two-game win streak and fell to 3-3-2 in their last eight.

Chytil put the Ranges ahead with a snap shot from the top of the left circle. Before shooting, he cut behind Stars defenseman Joel Hanley, in effect using him as a screen.

The teams went into the second intermission tied 1-1 after 40 minutes in which New York held a slight 13-12 advantage in shots.

Dallas took a 1-0 lead on Seguin's power play goal 2:17 into the second. The Stars' center ripped a laser from the left faceoff dot to open the scoring. It was Seguin's seventh goal of the season, including the second on the power play, and came 44 seconds after Bishop's right pad save on Brett Howden's short-handed attempt.

Vesey tied it with his seventh 7:21 later as he twisted his body around Stars defenseman Roman Polak before backhanding a loose puck past Bishop while falling to the ice.

Lundqvist kept the game even, and equaled Bishop's flashy pad stop on Howden by making a spectacular glove save on Stars rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen's shot from the slot with 1:05 left in the second.

Dallas finished the game 1 for 4 on the power play, while holding New York to 0 for 2.

NOTES
One day after being called up, RW Steven Fogarty dressed and played on New York's fourth line. The game was his first of the season, and his second career NHL game. In 19 games with AHL Hartford this season, Fogarty had seven goals and seven assists. ... New York D Brady Skjei was scratched for the second straight game. ... Rangers RW Mats Zuccarello missed his second straight due to an undisclosed injury. ... During his pregame availability, first year Dallas coach Jim Montgomery acknowledged he had discussions with New York about its coaching vacancy after the Rangers fired Alain Vigneault. "We did have some conversations," Montgomery said. "(Dallas GM) Jim Nill (was) very aggressive in his pursuit of me, and the lifestyle in Dallas was a lot more similar for my family to Denver." Prior to being hired by the Stars on May 4, Montgomery was the coach at the University of Denver for five seasons where he compiled a 125-57-26 record and won the national championship in 2017. New York eventually hired David Quinn from Boston University on May 13. ... Dallas scratched D Ben Gleason, RW Brett Ritchie and C Devin Shore. ... The teams will meet once more this season, March 5 in Dallas. ... New York Knicks G/F Tim Hardaway Jr. was among the announced 17,071 in attendance.

UP NEXT
Stars: At Pittsburgh on Wednesday night in finale of a stretch of three road games in four days.

Rangers: Host the Islanders on Wednesday night to cap a three-game homestand.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Lindell, Radulov Score 2 Each as Stars Beat Islanders]]>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:27:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Esa-Lindell-Stars-Getty-111818.jpg

Urged to shoot more, Esa Lindell came through with his first career multi-goal game to help the Dallas Stars get a big road win.

Lindell scored twice during Dallas' four-goal second period and the Stars beat the New York Islanders 6-2 Sunday.

"(Assistant coach Rick Bowness) came to say in the morning skate on Friday that I want you to shoot more," Lindell said. "It worked today."

The 24-year-old defensemen, who had one goal in his first 19 games this season, had six shots on goal in the Stars' overtime win against Boston on Friday night after totaling one in his previous four games.

"Just tried to keep up the shooting," said Lindell, who came in with 14 goals in 176 games. "I thought sometime it's going to go in. Just trying to shoot a lot and play the game I used to play the whole season."

Alexander Radulov had two goals and an assist, Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists, and Roope Hintz also scored for the Stars, who have won two straight. Jamie Benn had three assists, Jason Spezza had two to top 900 points in his career, and Ben Bishop stopped 37 shots.

Dallas improved to 4-4-1 on the road in the opener of a stretch of seven of eight away from home.

"We're in a tough stretch in the schedule," Spezza said. "When you have games like this, have contributions from up and down the lineup everybody feels a part of that and it's a good springboard going into some tough games coming up."

Anthony Beauvillier and Scott Mayfield scored for the Islanders, who lost in regulation for the third time in 12 games (7-3-2). Thomas Greiss had 16 saves, but was pulled after giving up three goals on six shots in the first 7:08 of the second period. Robin Lehner came on and finished with 11 saves.

"We didn't play 60 minutes," Mayfield said. "We lost a lot of battles. It just wasn't there. We'll look at video, keep it in-house. ... Guys know we threw away two points. We've got to be better."

Mayfield pulled the Islanders to 4-2 just 24 seconds into the third as his centering pass from the left side of the goal went off Bishop's stick and in.

Radulov then scored twice in less than two minutes to help the Stars pull away.

First, he restored Dallas' three-goal lead as he scored with a backhand on a breakaway at 7:35. Radulov then tapped in a puck lying in the crease with Lehner out of position for his eighth of the season and 100th of his career to make it 6-2 at 9:16.

Trailing 1-0 after one period, the Stars went ahead with four goals in the second.

Lindell tied it as he got a pass from Seguin in the center above the circles and beat Greiss at 2:09.

Hintz put the Stars ahead with his first career goal as he got a pass from Spezza in the left circle and fired a shot through Greiss' five-hole at 4:40.

"It's nice to get the goal today and get the win, too," Hintz said.

Spezza got his 900th point on the play.

"I love being a part of guys' first goal, they always remember you," the 35-year-old said. "I had high expectations of myself a lot of years and I guess that leads to good production."

Lindell gave Dallas a two-goal lead as he got his second of the game and third of the season with a one-timer from the right faceoff dot that also went through Greiss' legs at 7:08.

That prompted Islanders coach Barry Trotz to pull Greiss in favor of Lehner.

Seguin made it 4-1 as he knocked in the rebound of a shot by Radulov for his sixth with 5:53 left in the middle period.

Beauvillier, who had his first career hat trick and four-point game Thursday night against the Rangers, got the Islanders on the scoreboard 3:36 into the game off a pass from Leo Komarov.

NOTES: Benn has six assists and nine points in his past 10 games. ... Seguin has seven goals and 12 assists in 18 games against the Islanders. ... Dallas has won three straight meetings with the Islanders, and four of the past five. ... The Stars improved to 10-0-1 when leading after two periods. ... Mathew Barzal had an assist on Mayfield's goal, giving him a point in five straight games (goal, five assists). ... Islanders F Michael Dal Colle made his season debut, appearing in his fifth career game. ... Mayfield played in his 100th career game. ... Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck celebrated his 31st birthday.

UP NEXT
Stars: At the New York Rangers on Monday night in the second of three road games in four nights.

Islanders: At the New York Rangers on Wednesday night to start a stretch of four games in six days.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dickinson Scores in OT to Lift Stars over Bruins 1-0]]>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:56:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Jason Dickinson buried a rebound 1:34 into overtime, Ben Bishop made 23 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Friday night.

Dickinson and Mattias Janmark led a 2-on-1 against goalie Tuukka Rask. Janmark shot from the left side, and the rebound slid to Dickinson right in front. He lifted the puck in for his fourth of the season.

Rask made 36 saves in his return from a week-long leave of absence for a personal matter. The Bruins have not elaborated on the reason for Rask's leave.

Bishop got his 26th career shutout. His biggest save came midway through the second, when he stopped Joakim Nordstrom's deflection.

The Bruins had not ended regulation in a scoreless tie since April 12, 2012 -- a 1-0 win to open a playoff series against Washington. Dallas hadn't done it since March 26, 2009 in a 1-0 shootout loss to Los Angeles.

Both sides were dealing with injuries to defenseman, so Boston had two players make their NHL debut in Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton, and the Stars had one in Gavin Bayreuther.

Dallas almost scored 49 seconds into the game. A tip-in by Tyler Pitlick went under and behind Rask, but defenseman Torey Krug moved the puck off the goal line with his stick.

Boston's Brad Marchand had 16 of his 18 penalty minutes in the second period. He received a double minor for roughing in a fight with Radek Faksa at 7:45 and left the ice at 12:46 after drawing a slashing penalty and a misconduct.

NOTES: Marchand's 18 penalty minutes were his highest total since he had 19 in Boston's season opener at Washington. ... There were so many players unavailable for Dallas that injured C Devin Shore was the only scratch. ... The Bruins have six injured defensemen after Zdeno Chara (knee) and John Moore (lower body) were hurt Wednesday at Colorado. ... Ian Kinsler of the World Series-champion Boston Red Sox dropped a ceremonial puck before the game. Kinsler spent his first eight seasons with the Texas Rangers.

UP NEXT

Blue Jackets: Saturday at Arizona for the third game of a four-game trip.

Stars: Visit the Islanders on Sunday for the first of three games in four days on the road.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Fans Can Donate Items to Foster Children at Stars Game]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:54:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/buckner+international+foster+children+dallas+stars.jpg

Friday’s Dallas Stars game will aim to help provide necessary items for foster children in Dallas.

The Stars take on the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. Nonprofit Buckner International is teaming up with the Stars to raise awareness about November being National Adoption Month.

Volunteers and Buckner staff will accept donations to create care packages for children in foster care. Donations needed include children’s toothbrushes and toothpaste, children’s shampoo and conditioner, and children’s books (new or gently used.)

The first 200 fans to donate any of the approved items will receive two tickets to the Stars game on Jan. 2, 2019 when the Stars take on the New Jersey Devils.

Friday’s game will feature a pre-party on the plaza with live music and Stars mascot Victor E. Green and a family served by Buckner Foster Care and Adoption will be honored between periods.



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<![CDATA[Dubois Gets Go-Ahead Goal, Blue Jackets Beat Stars]]>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:40:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored midway through the third period, just seconds after being stopped by Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Stars 2-1 on Monday night.

Dubois took a pass from Cam Atkinson behind the net and backhanded the puck under the crossbar with 9:39 left for his eighth goal.

Atkinson had scored the game's first goal in the second period.

Alexander Radulov, who returned to the Stars' lineup, tied the game in the second period.

The Blue Jackets extended their points streak to five games (3-0-2) and are two points ahead of the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus has won its last seven games against the Stars.

Dallas maintained fourth place in the Central Division.

Each team had entered the game with a 9-6-2 record.

Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and Dallas' Khubodin each had 26 saves.

The first period ended scoreless. Columbus killed all three Stars penalties and held Dallas to one shot on goal with the man advantage, while building a 10-9 edge on shots for the period. The Stars' only penalty in the first was a major to Jamie Benn for a fight with Columbus forward Josh Anderson.

It didn't take long for the Blue Jackets to get their first power play and a 1-0 lead. At 1:29 of the second period, 25 seconds after Benn went off for slashing, Atkinson took a pass from Seth Jones at the top of the right faceoff circle and sent a wrist shot past Khubodin.

Columbus dominated time of possession in the second, but the Stars blocked 15 shots in the period and tied the game 1-1 at 18:20 when Radulov put a wrist shot from the right circle into the upper left of the net.

It was Radulov's sixth goal in eight games. He had missed 10 of the previous 11 games because of a lower-body injury.

The Blue Jackets had a chance to take the lead midway through the third period when Dubois took a cross-ice pass for a wrist shot, but Khubodin slid across the goal mouth for a skate save.

NOTES
Stars C Devin Shore (lower-body injury) left the game in the first period and didn't return. Dallas RW Brett Ritchie (upper-body) played for the first time in five games. . D Julius Honka had four of the Stars' blocked shots in the second. . Blue Jackets D Seth Jones returned home for the game. He was born in nearby Arlington, Texas. A spectator who spent eight years in Arlington was former Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, now with the San Francisco Giants but still a Stars season-ticket holder. Holland is from Heath, Ohio, near Columbus.

UP NEXT
Blue Jackets: Return home to play Florida on Thursday.

Stars: Complete a four-game homestand on Friday against Boston.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Rare Doubleheader at the American Airlines Center]]>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:54:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/American+Airlines+Center+111118.jpg

Plenty of hustle on display at the American Airlines Center on Saturday, and we’re not even talking about what the Stars and Mavericks did in their games. NBC 5’s Paul Jones has the story of a rare doubleheader at the AAC and the unsung heroes who made sure it went off without a hitch.

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<![CDATA[Ekholm Scores in OT, Predators Rally to Beat Stars]]>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 21:56:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Mattias Ekholm started overtime in the penalty box. He finished it off with the winning goal.

Ekholm scored 2:27 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Saturday.

Ekholm was penalized for cross checking with 14 seconds left in regulation, 29 seconds after teammate Roman Josi scored the game-tying goal.

Nashville killed off that power play for the first part of OT, and then Ekholm took a cross-ice pass from Kyle Turris and sent the puck over Stars goalie Ben Bishop for his third of the season.

"A good regroup by (P.K. Subban) up to (Turris) and he found me," Ekholm said. "It was nice to see it go in.

"I think (Dallas' Jason Spezza) played an act on the penalty. There's not much I can do about it. Good job by the guys on killing it."

Nashville (13-3-0) improved to 8-0 on the road this season.

Josi and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist for the Predators. Ryan Hartman and Yannick Weber also scored, and Juuse Saros had 20 saves.

Spezza, Tyler Seguin, Tyler Pitlick and Denis Gurianov scored for Dallas (9-6-2), which lost for the third time in four games. Bishop finished with 29 stops.

Gurianov got his first NHL point in the third period of his third game. He deflected a rising slap shot from the blue line by Ben Gleason, who was playing in his first NHL game after only 11 pro games for Texas of the American Hockey League.

"I woke up this morning with a phone call at 7:30," Gleason said. "In about 15 minutes I jumped in the shower and packed a bag. I drove right here (from Cedar Park, Texas).

"I don't think I felt my leg until the second period."

Pitlick scored his third of the season 13:05 into the first, and the Stars opened a 3-1 lead on goals by Seguin and Spezza in the second period.

Hartman got the Predators on the board 12 seconds into the second, and Johansen and Weber tied the game again with goals in the first 1:54 of the third.

"No game is ever out of reach if you can do the right things," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought the first shift of the third period was really big by the Johansen line. They went down, got a goal and shortly another one after that."

Dallas grabbed the lead for the last time when Gurianov scored with 11:02 left.

The Predators had a 14-4 advantage in shots on goal and the only two power plays in the first period, but the Stars scored the only goal.

Dallas scored on its first power play when Spezza sent in a slap shot from the left circle at 14:32 of the second.

NOTES
Dallas' depleted defense corps received reinforcements. Joel Hanley and the 20-year-old Gleason were recalled from Texas, and the Stars traded a seventh-round draft pick in 2020 to Buffalo for 30-year-old Taylor Fedun. Roman Polak was sick and couldn't play Saturday. John Klingberg is expected to miss four weeks after surgery Friday to repair his broken left hand. Marc Methot (lower-body injury), Stephen Johns (neck/head) and Connor Carrick (ankle) also are out. Hanley and Gleason played. Methot could be back for Monday's game, when Fedun would make his Dallas debut. ... Predators F Viktor Arvidsson (lower body) returned after missing three games.

UP NEXT
Predators: Play the third game in a five-game trip Monday at Anaheim.

Stars: Continue a four-game homestand against Columbus on Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Ice Girls]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:24:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/168*120/GettyImages-514960244.jpgPhotos of the Dallas Stars Ice Girls during the 2015-2016 season.

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<![CDATA[Shore's 2nd Goal Breaks Tie, Stars Beat Sharks 4-3]]>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 13:23:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Devin Shore scored his second goal of the game to break a tie, Anton Khudobin tied a season high with 33 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Thursday night.

Dillon Heatherington's shot from the left point went off a defender's leg to Shore in the left circle, and he beat Sharks goalie Martin Jones with 5:47 to play.

Khudobin stopped a breakaway by Joe Thornton with just over a minute left.

Stars scoring leader Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist. Gemel Smith also scored for Dallas.

Evander Kane, Timo Meier and Joe Pavelski scored for San Jose. Brent Burns had two assists, and Jones made 18 saves.

San Jose tied it at 3-3 with 12:14 left to play. Burns' pass went to Kane at the edge of the right faceoff circle. Kane half-whiffed on the shot, but it went behind defenseman Julius Honka and slid past a screened Khudobin.

The Sharks also tied it 1-1 in the first period on Meier's 12th goal of the season.

Shore opened the scoring at 8:57 when Seguin passed to him in the left faceoff circle, and he lifted wrist shot into the upper left corner of the net.

Seguin and Smith scored 45 seconds apart in the second period. Seguin intercepted a pass in the slot and fired a wrist shot past Jones at 6:57. On the next possession, passes by Miro Heiskanen and Jason Dicksinson created an easy tip-in by Smith.

Pavleski redirected a shot by Burns to get the Sharks within 3-2.

NOTES: Meier moved into a tie for the league lead with his 12th goal. He has scored in 11 of 13 games (11 goals, 5 assists, 16 points). ... Thornton played in his 1,500th game in 21 seasons, including 14 with San Jose. He is among 19 to reach that total. The only current player who has played more is his former Sharks teammate Patrick Marleau, now with Toronto. Thornton's assist on the goal by Pavelski was his 1,032nd, one behind Mario Lemieux for 11th all-time. ... RW Denis Gurianov, the Stars' top draft pick in 2015, was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League and played in his second NHL game. ... The officiating crew was one short because linesman Darren Gibbs was ill.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Complete a two-game, two-night trip Friday at St. Louis.

Stars: Play the second game of a four-game homestand Saturday against Western Conference leader Nashville.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Bobrovsky Stands Tall as Blue Jackets Beat Stars 4-1]]>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:27:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Anthony Duclair, Markus Nutivaara, Nick Foligno and Ryan Murray scored for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a two-game skid.

Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots and Jamie Benn scored for the Stars, who lost their second straight after winning three in a row.

Bobrovsky, who has struggled lately, played one his better games this season, capping it by withstanding a 6-on-5 surge after Dallas pulled Bishop late in the game.

Duclair used a screen by teammate Boone Jenner to beat Bishop with a shot from the left circle with a minute left in the opening period, giving Columbus its first power-play goal in six games going back to Oct. 25.

Nutivaara made it 2-0 with his second goal of the season in the middle of the second period, a one-timer from the right circle off a slick cross-ice pass from Artemi Panarin. Foligno rocketed a one-timer over Bishop's shoulder from the left dot late in the second to give the Blue Jackets a two-goal lead.

Dallas scored on a power-play early in the third, with Benn getting his team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Murray finished it with an empty-net goal with about two minutes left.

NOTES: Columbus has beaten Dallas six straight times. ... D Dean Kukan replaced Scott Harrington in the Columbus lineup. F Lukas Sedlak replaced Oliver Bjorkstrand. ... Dallas forward Brett Ritchie missed his second straight game due to an illness. D Marc Methot missed his third game with a lower-body injury. F Alexander Radulov missed his fourth game with a lower-body injury. ... Jenner has three assists in the past three games. ... Bobrovsky is 11-1-1 against Dallas in his career.

UP NEXT

Dallas: Hosts San Jose on Thursday night.

Columbus: At Washington on Friday night.



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<![CDATA[Marchand Scores in OT to Lift Bruins Over Stars]]>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 22:52:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brad-Marchand-Getty-110518.jpg

Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal 4:29 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins over the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Monday night.

David Pastrnak also scored on the man-advantage for Boston, which had lost two of three. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves.

Radek Faska had a short-handed goal for the Stars, who are 3-1-1 on a six-game trip. Former Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 33 shots.

The teams were tied at 1 just over five minutes into the game.

In OT, the Bruins had a two-man power play after Jason Dickinson and Esa Lindell were whistled for minors 11 seconds apart. Marchand banked in a shot off the far post from the bottom of the right circle.

With the Red Sox World Series trophy in the house pregame, "Dirty Water" was played briefly over the sound system -- a song played after victories at Fenway Park.

Earlier in OT, Patrice Bergeron hit a post with just over two minutes to play before Rask made a glove save on Jamie Benn at the end of a 2-on-1 break on the ensuing rush.

Despite being outshot 9-8 in the second period, the Bruins hit a post, a crossbar, missed on an excellent chance on a 2-on-1 break and had a goal disallowed late in the period.

Noel Acciari hit the right post with a wrister from the right circle early in the period, Torey Krug hit a crossbar midway in and Anders Bjork had the goal waved off after he collected a rebound and tucked a backhander into the net. The puck was momentarily covered by Khudobin before squirting loose, causing one of the referees to blow his whistle, halting play.

Boston had another good chance early the third when Bergeron's wrist shot from the slot broke off Khudobin and slid just wide of the right post.

Trailing 1-0, Boston tied it when Bergeron set up Pastrnak's one-timer from the slot 5:11 into the opening period.

The Stars had jumped ahead 1-0 when Faska flipped a shot over Rask 3:51 into the game.

NOTES
The Bruins honored local military members, veterans and their families as part of Military Appreciation Night. Nine players each purchased $2500 worth of tickets. ... Red Sox owner John Henry, President Sam Kennedy and pitcher Joe Kelly were on the ice before the game when the trio brought out the World Series trophy. Kelly was part of the ceremonial puck drop. ... The Bruins held Dallas to four shots on goal in the first, tying the fewest they've allowed in any period this season. ... Dallas D Roman Polak played his 700th NHL game.

UP NEXT
Stars: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Bruins: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday in the second of a four-game homestand.



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<![CDATA[Stars Beat Capitals in OT for 3rd Straight Win]]>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 00:14:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1057043022.jpg

Remembering recent failures when it comes to extending winning streaks and fearing the defending Stanley Cup champions turned out to be a perfect recipe for the Dallas Stars.

Dallas started fast with two goals 10 seconds apart and finished strong in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, giving the Stars their first three-game winning streak of the season. Jason Dickinson scored 3:17 into overtime to keep Dallas rolling under first-year coach Jim Montgomery.

"There's a lot of belief right now," Montgomery said. "I don't see any complacency in our group. I just see a determination and a focus that I haven't seen before. That's the exciting part."

The excitement is building for the Stars, who are starting to develop some consistency. Jason Spezza scored on a breakaway and Tyler Pitlick forced a turnover for an unassisted goal 10 seconds later as Dallas jumped out to a 2-0 lead that showed players they could hang with the Capitals.

"When you come in here, there's a little bit of fear of knowing that they can run you out of the rink if you're not ready to go off the hop," Spezza said. "You can't take these guys lightly, and I thought we learned a lesson from some of the other games we played on the road."

In the process, the Stars also learned about rebounding from mistakes and moving forward after blowing a lead. Goaltender Ben Bishop allowed soft goals from sharp angles to Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dallas' defensive structure was lacking and yet it was able to get to overtime.

Playing 3-on-3 in OT, Dallas outshot Washington 6-1. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby stopped Tyler Seguin on a penalty shot 59 seconds in, but Dickinson beat him on a deflection for his third of the season.

"We'll take it," said Bishop, who stopped 29 shots. "They're not always going to be Picassos. Sometimes you're going to have to grind. Last game we had to hold on at the end. This one we had to find a way to come back and get that one in overtime. Finding different ways to win, that's the big thing. It doesn't matter how, just as long as you get it."

It also was a struggle for the Capitals, who turned the puck over on all three Stars goals in regulation and still had a chance after Kuznetsov tied it on the power play with 12:03 remaining in the third period. Brett Connolly also scored for Washington, but ill-timed turnovers in the wrong places led to a second consecutive defeat.

"Every team comes fast like that," said Holtby, who gave the puck away to Pitlick for his goal. "It's not a surprise. You just have to be prepared for it and have a plan and execute. A couple plays, we didn't do that."

While the Capitals continue to search for the kind of 60-minute effort that defined their playoff run last spring, the Stars are feeling good in the middle of a long Eastern Conference road trip. Montgomery set the goal of three wins in six games, and his team is already there with two left before returning home.

"Everyone's contributing," Montgomery said. "You're together and it's a good feeling and everyone is enjoying being around each other."

NOTES: Holtby finished with 32 saves plus his stop on Seguin on the penalty shot in overtime. ... Captain Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas, his sixth goal of the season. ... Capitals D Brooks Orpik missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. He did not practice all week. ... Stars D Marc Methot and F Alexander Radulov were out with lower-body injuries. Montgomery said Radulov returned to Dallas for treatment and will miss the final two games of the trip. ... Montgomery said D Connor Carrick (foot) should be able to get back into skates soon.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Boston on Monday in the fifth stop on their six-game trip.

Capitals: Continue a five-game homestand against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Anton Khudobin Makes 31 Saves, Stars Beat Maple Leafs]]>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 22:43:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Valeri-Nichushkin-Anton-Kuhdobin-Dallas-Stars-Getty-110118.jpg

Dallas backup goalie Anton Khudobin stopped the high-scoring Toronto Maple Leafs.

Khudobin made 31 saves to help the Stars beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 on Thursday night.

"He's such a great teammate," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. "He brings energy every day. He puts a smile on everyone's face. With (Bishop) playing so well it's been hard to get him in as many games as we'd like. "But it's great for his confidence, great for the team morale how good he played."

Jamie Benn and Devin Shore scored, and Tyler Seguin added two assists.

Patrick Marleau scored for Toronto, and Frederik Andersen made 17 saves.

"Our team was engaged, I thought we worked hard, I thought we started good," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "In the end, you've got to score. A little adversity for our group. Dig in. That's it."

Coming off a 4-1 victory in Montreal on Tuesday night, the Stars opened the scoring midway through the second period just as a Toronto penalty expired. Seguin fired a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that Benn tipped past Andersen for his fifth goal of the season.

The Stars made it 2-0 at 4:43 third on Shore's goal off a feed from Mattias Janmark.

Marleau scored on a power play with 3:09 to go.

NOTES
Toronto defenseman Ron Hainsey played his 1,000th game. The 37-year-old was joined at center ice by his wife and three children for a ceremony before the opening faceoff. ... Roman Polak and Connor Carrick, a pair of former Toronto defensemen now with the Stars, were honored with a video tribute during the first TV timeout. Carrick missed his second straight game with a foot injury.

UP NEXT
Stars: At Washington on Saturday night.

Maple Leafs: At Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Shore Has 3 Points, Bishop 34 Saves to Lift Stars Over Habs]]>Tue, 30 Oct 2018 22:23:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Devin Shore had a goal and two assists, Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots and the Dallas Stars beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Esa Lindell and Miro Heiskanen also scored, and Alexander Radulov added an empty-netter for Dallas, which won on the road for the first time this season. This was the second stop on the Stars' six-game road trip.

Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens, and Carey Price stopped 18 shots.

With the Stars leading 2-1 in the third, Shore added a short-handed goal at 9:27 -- Dallas' first short-handed score of the season. A bad giveaway by Montreal's Artturi Lehkonen behind his own goal gave the puck right to Shore, who chipped a backhander past Price.

The 24-year-old Shore had five points in 10 games this season before Tuesday.

Bishop improved to 12-4-3 against the Canadiens, though he had help from his posts in the first period. Mike Reilly fired a slap shot off the iron just two minutes into the game, fooling even the goal-light operator, before Karl Alzner hit the post later in the period.

In the second, Lehkonen was awarded a penalty shot after John Klingberg slashed him on a breakaway. Lehkonen tried going five-hole but Bishop made the easy save.

Lindell made Montreal pay for its missed opportunities when he scored on Dallas' fourth shot of the game at 1:49 of the second. With Phillip Danault in the box for slashing, Shore faked a shot then fed Lindell on an odd-man rush to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Canadiens got caught on a line change and Dallas took advantage at 7:24 of the second. Heiskanen, the third overall draft pick in 2017, found himself unmarked near the blue line before beating Price.

Gallagher scored his team-leading seventh three minutes into the third. Bishop stopped Tomas Tatar's initial shot from the point but Gallagher was on the doorstep to knock in the rebound.

Dallas coach Jim Montgomery challenged the goal for goaltender interference, but the referees determined Klingberg had knocked Gallagher into Bishop.

NOTES
Jason Spezza played in his 1,000th career NHL game. ... Radulov, who played with the Canadiens two seasons ago, was back in the Stars lineup after missing four games with an undisclosed injury. He scored an empty-net goal with 2:37 left in the game.

UP NEXT
Stars: Play at Toronto on Thursday night.

Canadiens: Host Washington on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Red Wings Get First Home Win, Beat Stars]]>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 00:47:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Anthony Mantha had a goal called back before scoring anyway and the Detroit Red Wings won at home for the first time this season with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Mantha, who has struggled early in the season, had an apparent power-play goal disallowed in the first period because it was ruled he kicked it in.

"Yeah, I did (know that he kicked it in). I just tried to sell it. You never know," Mantha said. "If the league doesn't look at it, they called it a good goal on the ice. Things happen."

But he responded by tying the game at 1, 4:44 into the second period with his second goal.

Tyler Bertuzzi , defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit (2-7-2), which had been 0-3-1 at Little Caesars Arena. Dylan Larkin had two assists and Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots for his first win as a Red Wing, after signing as a free agent in July.

"Once we got the lead I thought we were excellent in the third period," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We played with confidence, I thought we ground them, we spent tons of time in their end."

Detroit got that lead by taking advantage of a lucky bounce.

Bertuzzi broke a 1-1 tie, 4:59 into the third period when the puck took an odd bounce off the boards in the corner, on a dump in, and bounced in front of the net as Bishop went behind the net to play it. Bertuzzi backhanded the puck into the empty net for his third goal.

"Kronner (defenseman Niklas Kronwall) tried to rim it hard so I could catch in on that far side," Bertuzzi said. "Got a good bounce and I was there to tap it in."

Ericsson made it 3-1, 9:20 into the third, on a wrist shot from the left point, as Mantha screened Bishop in front.

It was Ericsson's first goal.

Radek Faksa made it 3-2, with 36.3 seconds left with Bishop pulled for the extra attacker. It was Faksa's second goal.

But Abdelkader's empty-net goal clinched it with 23 seconds remaining. It was Abdelkader's first goal.

Gemel Smith also scored for Dallas (5-5-0). Defenseman John Klingberg had two assists. Bishop made 19 saves.

"We were kind of like hoping to win instead of playing to win," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "It's not an excuse. But we didn't have our normal legs, we weren't talking, we weren't communicating well on the ice to each other, and we had really no jump."

Smith gave Dallas a 1-0 lead with 8:16 left in the first period when got control of the puck just outside the Detroit blue line, skated past Red Wings defensemen Kronwall and Nic Jensen and beat Bernier from the slot. It was Smith's first goal.

NOTE: It was Dallas C Tyler Seguin's 600th game. ... Stars general Manager Jim Nill was a longtime assistant GM with Detroit. ... Gemel Smith is the brother of Red Wings farmhand Givani Smith, who is with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

UP NEXT
Dallas: Visits Montreal on Tuesday.

Detroit: Visits Columbus on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Dickinson Scores Twice in Night of 1sts, Stars Top Ducks]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 22:56:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/168*120/GettyImages-1053659000.jpg

Jason Dickinson had two goals and an assist in his first multipoint game, and the Dallas Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Thursday night.

All seven goals came from players who hadn't scored yet this season.

Roman Polak, rookie Miro Heiskanen and Mattias Janmark scored for Dallas, and Ben Bishop made 23 saves. The Stars have won two straight and are 5-2 at home.

Ryan Getzlaf had two goals for Anaheim, which lost its fourth straight. John Gibson stopped 36 shots for the Ducks.

Dickinson got his fourth goal in 45 career games on a 2-on-1 rush five minutes into the game. Getzlaf tied it with a wrist shot before Polak put Dallas ahead midway through the period.

Getzlaf tied it again at 3:09 of the second. After the shot went in, a skirmish broke out, resulting in one major and one minor penalty for each team. In the period, Dallas totaled 15 penalty minutes and Anaheim had 13.

The Stars broke the tie with second-period goals by Heiskanen, Janmark and Dickinson for a 5-2 lead.

NOTES: The Stars scored five goals in each of two wins against Anaheim this season. ... The Ducks played in Dallas for the second time in 13 nights. The season series will end with a game in Anaheim on Dec. 12. ... Dallas RW Brett Ritchie, 25, and his younger brother Nick, 22, played against each other for the seventh time in their NHL careers. Each had an assist, his first point while playing against each other. ... Stars RW Alexander Radulov (lower-body injury), who usually skates on the line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, missed his third straight game.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Return home for a four-game homestand beginning Sunday against San Jose.

Stars: Begin a six-game trip, their longest of the season, Sunday at Detroit.

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<![CDATA[Spezza, Klingberg Score as Stars Top Kings]]>Tue, 23 Oct 2018 22:44:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/John-Klingberg-Getty-102318.jpg

Jason Spezza and John Klingberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Dallas Stars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Blake Comeau and Tyler Pitlick scored their first goals of the season. Eight Dallas players had at least one point; Devin Shore finished with two assists. Ben Bishop made 31 saves for Dallas, which never trailed.

Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli scored second-period goals for the Kings, who lost their fifth straight. Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for Los Angeles.

Comeau scored for the Stars at 5:14 of the first period. Jason Dickinson skated behind the net from the left side for a possible wraparound, but couldn't control the puck and had to reach for it with his stick extended. The puck came off his stick to Comeau in the slot, and he beat Quick with a shot inside the left post. Spezza also received an assist on the goal.

The Kings outshot the Stars 9-8 in the first, but Dallas had better chances. Included were two more for Comeau. Quick stopped another shot from the slot barely five minutes before the period ended, and Comeau's shot from the left faceoff circle in the final minute soared into the netting above the glass.

Los Angeles failed to score on the period's only power play.

For Spezza's goal at 8:59 of the second, Justin Dowling carried the puck into the Kings' end and sent a wrist shot off Quick's right foot. The rebound went to Spezza, who scored over the goalie.

The Kings pulled within 2-1 when Kopitar slid a backhand under Bishop, but the one-goal difference last just 22 seconds before Klingberg scored on a wrist shot from the right point at 14:26.

Dallas held a 3-2 lead after Toffoli scored from inside the left circle at 17:09. Klingberg put the puck in the net at the end of the second, but after time expired.

Pitlick scored on a Stars power play at 4:23 of the third period, with assists going to Tyler Seguin and Klingberg.

With an extra skater, Los Angeles put the puck in the net with 30 seconds to play, but the goal was disallowed because of goaltender interference.

NOTES
Dallas RWs Alexander Radulov and Valeri Nichushkin (lower-body injuries) missed their third straight game. ... The Stars played with seven defensemen and just 11 forwards. . Entering the game, the Kings had been outscored 21-5 in their four straight losses, and opponents had a 10-2 advantage as Dallas lost three in a row. . Dowling was playing his first NHL game since 2016-17. He was recalled from Texas of the AHL on Monday. . Kings D Sean Walker assisted on Toffoli's goal in his NHL debut after being recalled from Ontario of the AHL. . Kopitar has 16 career goals in 59 games against the Stars.

UP NEXT
Kings: At Minnesota on Thursday to finish a two-game trip.

Stars: Complete a three-game homestand on Thursday against Anaheim.



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<![CDATA[Suter has Winning Goal, 2 Assists as Wild Beat Stars]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 23:08:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1052561258.jpg

Ryan Suter scored the winning goal in the third period and had two assists as the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Friday night.

Dallas goalie Ben Bishop had stopped a shot by Eric Staal, but the puck went into the left corner. Suter sent the puck back in front, and it ricocheted in off the Stars' Esa Lindell with 7:06 left.

Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for Minnesota in a game that was scoreless until 36 seconds into the third period, when the Stars' Jason Spezza scored his first of the season. He tipped in Miro Heiskanen's shot from the left point.

Matt Dumba put in a loose rebound past Bishop at 9:37 of the third to tie the score.

Bishop also finished with 33 saves, and Zach Parise scored into an empty net with 1 minute left.

In the closely played first period, Dallas didn't have a shot on goal until Spezza put the puck on Dubnyk at 11:21. Bishop stopped the period's best scoring chance when he denied Marcus Foligno on a short breakaway from the left faceoff circle at 13:38.

The second period was freewheeling, with the Stars outshooting the Wild 24-13 but unable to beat Dubnyk. His best stop was on Blake Comeau on a 2-on-1 late in the period.

Bishop stopped a short-handed attempt by Mikko Koivu on the first of two Stars power plays, and Dallas' penalty killers succeeded on the only Wild power play.

NOTES: Dumba tied Jason Zucker for the Wild's team lead with his third goal. Parise leads the team with eight points (two goals, six assists). ... Minnesota recalled F Matt Read from Iowa of the AHL and immediately put him on the top line. Read replaced Matt Hendricks, who is expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks because of a left leg injury that occurred in the first period on Tuesday. ... Stars RW Alexander Radulov had been expected to play despite what was described as a "minor issue" in the third period of their game on Tuesday. RW Valeri Nichushkin (lower-body injury) missed his second straight game.

UP NEXT

Wild: Return home to host Tampa Bay on Saturday in the Wild's second road-home back-to-back games in six days.

Stars: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday in the second game of a three-game homestand.



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<![CDATA[Palmieri Scores 7th Goal as Devils Beat Stars]]>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 21:07:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Keith-Kincaid-Devils-Getty-101618.jpg

Kyle Palmieri scored his seventh goal in four games, Keith Kinkaid stopped 24 shots for his second shutout and the New Jersey Devils continued their perfect start, beating the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Late pickup Jean-Sebastien Dea tallied for the third straight game and Blake Coleman added a goal as the Devils (4-0) remained the NHL's only unbeaten team. The 4-0 start is their best since 1995-96.

Palmieri also became the first player in NHL history to score his team's opening goal in four consecutive games to begin a season, the league said.

Anton Khudobin made 31 saves as Dallas lost for the second time in as many nights. It marked the first time it had been shut out.

Palmieri, who had two goals in each of the first three games, put the Devils ahead at 3:42 with his fourth power-play goal of the season. Defenseman Will Butcher found Palmieri in the left circle for a one-timer that skimmed the goalpost in finding the net.

Coleman stretched the lead 2:03 into the second period with a shot from the right circle after defenseman Damon Severson knocked down a clearing pass at the point.

Kinkaid kept the score at 2-0 with a great glove save on Jamie Benn minutes later. He also had a glove stop on Radek Faksa on an odd-man rush after the Stars killed off a penalty. In the third period, he also stopped Roope Hintz, Mattias Janmark and Gemel Smith in the final 2:17 to preserve his sixth career shutout.

Dea's goal came with Khudobin playing without a stick. He broke it on a check and then played about 45 seconds as it lay on the ice. He waved to his bench for a replacement but got no help. Instead of icing the puck, Dallas defenseman John Klingberg sent a pass up the middle that hit off two Dallas players. Dea collected the puck and beat the goalie with a shot from the top of the left circle.

NOTES
The Devils have used the same lineup all four games. F Drew Stafford and Ds Steven Santini and Eric Gryba have not played. ... Taylor Hall cost the Devils a two-man advantage in the first period when he was called for delay of call for deliberately shooting the puck into his own bench to stop play. ... Jamie Benn of Dallas and Miles Wood of New Jersey exchanged haymakers in a big third-period fight.

UP NEXT
Stars: Return home to host Minnesota on Friday night.

Devils: Host Colorado on Thursday night.

 
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   NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Kyle Palmieri scored his seventh goal in four games, Keith Kinkaid stopped 24 shots for his second shutout and the New Jersey Devils continued their perfect start, beating the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Tuesday night.
   Late pickup Jean-Sebastien Dea tallied for the third straight game and Blake Coleman added a goal as the Devils (4-0) remained the NHL's only unbeaten team. The 4-0 start is their best since 1995-96.
   Palmieri also became the first player in NHL history to score his team's opening goal in four consecutive games to begin a season, the league said.
   Anton Khudobin made 31 saves as Dallas lost for the second time in as many nights. It marked the first time it had been shut out.
   Palmieri, who had two goals in each of the first three games, put the Devils ahead at 3:42 with his fourth power-play goal of the season. Defenseman Will Butcher found Palmieri in the left circle for a one-timer that skimmed the goalpost in finding the net.
   Coleman stretched the lead 2:03 into the second period with a shot from the right circle after defenseman Damon Severson knocked down a clearing pass at the point.
   Kinkaid kept the score at 2-0 with a great glove save on Jamie Benn minutes later. He also had a glove stop on Radek Faksa on an odd-man rush after the Stars killed off a penalty. In the third period, he also stopped Roope Hintz, Mattias Janmark and Gemel Smith in the final 2:17 to preserve his sixth career shutout.
   Dea's goal came with Khudobin playing without a stick. He broke it on a check and then played about 45 seconds as it lay on the ice. He waved to his bench for a replacement but got no help. Instead of icing the puck, Dallas defenseman John Klingberg sent a pass up the middle that hit off two Dallas players. Dea collected the puck and beat the goalie with a shot from the top of the left circle.
   NOTES: The Devils have used the same lineup all four games. F Drew Stafford and Ds Steven Santini and Eric Gryba have not played. ... Taylor Hall cost the Devils a two-man advantage in the first period when he was called for delay of call for deliberately shooting the puck into his own bench to stop play. ... Jamie Benn of Dallas and Miles Wood of New Jersey exchanged haymakers in a big third-period fight.
   UP NEXT
   Stars: Return home to host Minnesota on Friday night.
   Devils: Host Colorado on Thursday night.
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<![CDATA[Anderson Stops 37 Shots as Senators Beat Stars]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 22:38:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Craig Anderson made 37 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Maxime Lajoie scored in the second period, and Brady Tkachuk, Mikkel Boedker and Zack Smith all tallied in the third for the Senators.

John Klingberg had the lone goal for Dallas, which was playing its first road game after opening the season with four at home. Ben Bishop made 21 saves while losing in regulation against Ottawa for the first time (9-1-4) in his career.

With the score tied 1-1, the Senators went ahead for good early in the third as Dylan DeMelo put a shot on goal and Tkachuk, right in front, redirected it past Bishop at 1:27.

Ottawa made it 3-1 just past midway through the period as Matt Duchene, from behind the net, made a no-look pass to Boedker, who one-timed it past Bishop for his first with the Senators.

Looking to cut the lead the Stars pulled their goalie with more than 7 minutes left, and tried it again with over 4 minutes remaining, but Anderson was solid.

Smith scored an empty-netter with 1:37 remaining to seal the win.

The Stars jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Klingberg with 3:07 left in the first.

The Senators pushed back in the second and tied it with 20 seconds left when Lajoie picked up his team-leading fourth. The rookie defenseman showed plenty of patience and beat Bishop glove side.

NOTES
During the first TV timeout the Senators honored Ray Emery, who died July 15th. He was 35. Emery was originally drafted by Ottawa (99th overall in 2001) and spent parts of five seasons with Senators, leading them to the Stanley Cup final in 2007. Emery sits fourth in wins and fifth in games played with Ottawa.

UP NEXT
Stars: At New Jersey on Tuesday night.

Senators: Host Montreal on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Stars Score 4 on 30 Shots in 2nd Period, Beat Ducks]]>Sat, 13 Oct 2018 22:39:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-1052085064.jpg

John Klingberg scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, when Dallas scored on four of its team-record 30 shots in the period, and the Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 on Saturday night.

Alexander Radulov, Connor Carrick and Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas in the second. Tyler Seguin assisted on the goals by Radulov and Benn.

The barrage wiped out a 3-0 Anaheim lead and came against Ducks goalie John Gibson, who entered the game 3-0-1 with a 1.44 goals against average.

Klingberg's goal from the right point to the upper left corner of the net came at 17:46, 2 seconds before a roughing penalty against Gibson expired.

Radek Faksa added a length-of-the-ice, empty-net goal with 1:28 to play.

The NHL record for shots on goal in a period is 33, by the Bruins in the second period of a 3-2 home win over Chicago on March 4, 1941.

The loss was Anaheim's first. Dallas is 3-1.

Anaheim's Jacob Silfverberg and Kiefer Sherwood had first-period goals, and Adam Henrique added a power-play goal at 8:09 of the second, when the Ducks had only three shots on goal.

Gibson finished with 46 saves.

Anton Khubodin stopped 22 shots for Dallas.

Anaheim's first-period goals resulted from long-range shots.

Silfverberg took the puck in the right corner, skated around to the left point and sent a wrist shot past a screen by Max Comtois for the first goal at 9:01.

At 13:28, Sherwood scored his first NHL goal when he tipped Josh Manson's shot from the right point up and past Khubodin.

Anaheim stretched its lead to 3-0 on the Ducks' first power play of the game.

Dallas finally took advantage of the huge advantage in shots on goal at 11:14 of the second, when Radulov scored from the left faceoff circle on the Stars' first power play. At that point, they had outshot Anaheim 28-13.

That goal seemed to energize Dallas. On the Stars' next four shots, they scored twice 9 seconds apart to tie the game at 3. Carrick scored his first goal for the Stars from the slot at 13:52, and Benn scored off the faceoff with a wrist shot from the left circle.

The third period brought an entirely different style of play, with Anaheim outshooting Dallas 12-7.

NOTES: Dallas twice has had 25 shots in a period, most recently in the second period against Pittsburgh on March 16, 1997. . Anaheim's captain, C Ryan Getzlaf, (pulled groin muscle) missed his third game. RW Carter Rowney left the game with an upper-body injury. . Radulov's goal made him the first Dallas player to score a goal in each of the first four games. . Khubodin was making his first start for Dallas. He played 147 games (67-51-16 record) in his first nine seasons with four other teams. . Seguin leads the Stars with 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists). Silfverberg had six points (two goals, four assists) to lead the Ducks.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Complete a quick two-game trip at St. Louis on Sunday.

Stars: Play the first of two games in two nights on Monday at Ottawa.

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<![CDATA[Matthews, Tavares Score 2 Each, Maple Leafs Beat Stars]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 22:36:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/John-Tavares-Maples-Leafs-Getty-100918.jpg

Auston Matthews and John Tavares each had two goals, and the high-scoring Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Dallas Stars 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly had a career-high four assists after he scored the winning goal in Sunday night's 7-6 overtime win at Chicago. Mitchell Marner had a goal and three assists as the Maple Leafs improved to 2-0 on a four-game trip.

Led by Matthews and Tavares, Toronto has won three of its first four games. Matthews has seven goals and three assists already. Tavares, who signed a blockbuster deal with his hometown Maple Leafs this summer, has scored five of his six goals in the past two games.

Tyler Seguin had a goal and three assists for Dallas, and Alexander Radulov finished with a goal and two assists.

Ben Bishop, who had stopped 62 of 63 shots to help the Stars to a 2-0 start, made 23 saves.

Frederik Andersen had 30 stops for the Maple Leafs.

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<![CDATA[Benn, Seguin Score Twice, Stars Beat Jets]]>Sat, 06 Oct 2018 23:23:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Jamie Benn wasn't impressed with his 600th career point, or his 601st.

Those two power-play goals, and three others by his linemates, were more than enough for the Dallas Stars to beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 on Saturday night.

When asked whether he'd thought about 600, Benn answered simply, "No."

Tyler Seguin -- who had two goals, one on the power play, and two assists -- had more to say.

"It's great," he said. "He's a heck of hockey player. He deserves accolades like that."

Jim Montgomery has won his first two games as a head coach with captain Benn's help.

"That's about 594 more than I ever had," Montgomery said. "It just speaks volumes about what he's done here in his career."

Benn entered the game with 598 points, and assisted on Seguin's first goal for No. 599.

Winnipeg had beaten Dallas eight straight times dating to Oct. 27, 2016.

Dallas dominated the first period with a 16-9 advantage in shots and two goals less than three minutes apart by Alexander Radulov and Seguin, the latter on the power play with Benn assisting.

Benn scored power-play goals in the second and third periods, and Seguin scored in the third.

"We didn't give ourselves a chance to get going," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "In the penalty box too much early and not very effective on the kill here at all tonight."

The Stars' top line accounted for all five goals and five assists. Radulov also had two assists.

"You've got Seguin with the unbelievable shot," Jets center Adam Lowry said. "Benn's kind of the prototypical power forward. He's got speed, but he's got skill and he plays a heavy game. Radulov, you see the hand skill, the body."

Ben Bishop finished with 32 saves for Dallas, 15 in the third period. Connor Hellebuyck had 30 for Winnipeg.

"When we have our healthy (Bishop) back there, we're a dangerous team," Stars defenseman Marc Methot said.

Radulov scored for the second time in the first two games on a wrist shot from a sharp angle below the right faceoff circle. The puck hit defenseman Tyler Myers' left leg and went in off Hellebuyck's right skate at 8:23. Seguin lifted a wrist shot from the right circle off Hellebuyck and into the net at 11:18.

In the second period, the Jets' Kyle Connor scored his second goal of the season and the first against Bishop after 82 minutes, 10 seconds.

The first period ended with 14 minutes of penalties in the final second. At 19:59, the Methot went off for holding and Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien retaliated with a cross checking penalty. On the ensuing faceoff, Brett Ritchie of Dallas and Lowry dropped their gloves and drew fighting majors at 20:00.

NOTES: The Dallas record for power-play goals in a game is four, achieved 10 times. Defenseman Philippe Boucher in 2006 was the only Star with three power-play goals in a game. ... Dallas was 3 for 5 on the power play, Winnipeg 0 for 3. ... Hellebuyck's personal regular-season winning streak ended at 10, including his last nine games last season. ... Connor Carrick's assist on Radulov's goal was his third in the first two games. Carrick's highest total in his four previous seasons was eight assists for Toronto in 2017-18. His had three assists in a three-game span as a rookie in February 2014.

UP NEXT
Jets: Play their home opener against Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Stars: Continue a four-game opening homestand with the third game on Tuesday night vs. Toronto.

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<![CDATA[Stars Control Coyotes 3-0 in Montgomery's NHL Coaching Debut]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 23:54:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1045758410.jpg

Jim Montgomery didn't pause very long to savor a win in his NHL coaching debut.

The Dallas Stars coach isn't even sure it counts.

"First of all, players win games," Montgomery said after Devin Shore, Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg scored less than two minutes apart in the second period of a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

"I don't know why coaches have records. I really think players win championships, and I've always believed that. I think coaches help give them opportunities to do that."

Ben Bishop stopped all 30 shots for his first season-opening shutout and the 25th of his career. Bishop has a four-game winning streak on opening night.

Shore broke a scoreless tie by putting in a rebound as he was going to his knees. Radulov beat backtracking former Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski one-on-one in a battle for the puck as they skated up the ice and slipped it between Antii Raanta's pads 27 seconds later.

A little more than a minute after that, Klingberg skated alone up the right side in 4-on-4 and beat Raanta inside the far post.

"A couple of big `yeahs' by me behind the bench on every one of them," Montgomery said. "So, it was a great flurry by us."

Defenseman Connor Carrick, acquired in a trade with Toronto three days before the opener, assisted on the first two goals.

Jamie Benn also had two assists in the Stars' eighth straight win over the Coyotes -- all in regulation by a combined score of 30-13. It was Dallas' 11th consecutive home win over Arizona, a streak dating to February 2012.

The Coyotes -- who opened last season with 10 straight losses, nine in regulation -- hit the post twice when the game was scoreless.

Clayton Keller did it in the first period, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the second less than a minute before Shore's goal sparked the Dallas flurry.

"We hit the post, and then ...," second-year coach Rick Tocchet said. "It's the first game of the year, but it's something you can't let happen. We have to play quicker and initiate."

Montgomery, who played his final game with Dallas in 2002, was making his debut less than two years after winning an NCAA championship at Denver. He is one of three current NHL coaches who made the jump from college.

General manager Jim Nill chose Montgomery as the club's third coach in three seasons after one year under Ken Hitchcock, who led the Stars to their only Stanley Cup title in 1999 but missed the playoffs in his return 15 years after he was fired.

"It's nice to not have to make him wait for it," Bishop said of Montgomery's first win. "There's a lot of firsts in here tonight. Monty's obviously one of them. Hopefully we can get him a lot more."

Missing several injured forwards they figure to count on for scoring, the Coyotes outshot the Stars 30-25 but didn't generate many good chances in the final period. Raanta stopped 22 shots.

"It's a new season. It feels way different," Goligoski said. "Every year there's new faces in here. I don't think (last year's start) is on anyone's mind."

Bishop finished a season-opening shutout after getting injured when he was working on one in his Dallas debut last season. He had stopped all 19 shots for a 1-0 lead over Vegas when Bishop took a puck to the mask early in the third period and left the game. The Golden Knights rallied for a 2-1 win.

"Can't start thinking I'm feeling good because that's like the worst thing you could probably think to yourself," Bishop said. "Did a good job of clearing the front when there was a couple of ones that squeaked by."

NOTES: Stars D Stephen Jones started the season on injured reserve. He was dealing with headaches during the preseason. He says they might be related to concussions sustained last season. ... Coyotes D Jordan Oesterle went to the locker room in the second period after a hard check from Tyler Pitlick but returned to the game. ... Stars F Tyler Seguin was scoreless in his first game since signing a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: Home opener Saturday against Anaheim.

Stars: Second of four straight home games to start season Saturday against Winnipeg.



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<![CDATA[Puck Drops on Stars Season Thursday]]>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 18:59:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tyler+Seguin+100218.jpg

The Dallas Stars open the 2018-19 season Thursday night at home against the Arizona Coyotes, and they'll be under the direction of their third head coach in the last three years.

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<![CDATA[Stars Get Defenseman Carrick From Toronto for Draft Pick]]>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 19:54:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

The Dallas Stars have acquired defenseman Connor Carrick from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional draft pick next year.

Toronto made the deal Monday, sending Carrick to Dallas for a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft. That will become a sixth-round selection if Carrick plays in 50 NHL games this season.

The Maple Leafs re-signed the 24-year-old Carrick to a $1.3 million, one-year contract in June. He had four goals and 12 assists in 47 games for Toronto last season, including three game-winning goals. He blocked 53 shots.

Carrick has played 167 games over four NHL seasons with Washington and Toronto. He had nine goals and 21 assists in his career.



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<![CDATA[Stars Ready for Fun Offense Under Coach Fresh Out of College]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:53:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

This is the third season in a row the Dallas Stars have a different coach and a different style. They're ready to have some fun with the guy fresh out of college.

After the differing approaches of grizzled veterans Lindy Ruff and then Ken Hitchcock in a one-season return of their Stanley Cup-winning coach from two decades ago, there is more of an emphasis on relentless offense with new coach Jim Montgomery in his transition from the college ranks to first-time NHL head coach.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," captain Jamie Benn said. "We're going to work hard and it'll be a high-flying Stars team with a lot of pressure on the ice."

The 49-year-old Montgomery said he's sure the team has the speed and depth to play his style.

Montgomery spent the past five years at the University of Denver, where he had a 125-57-26 record and won a national title two seasons ago. He won two championships as a head coach and general manager in the United States Hockey League before that. He was part of a college national championship as a player at Maine in 1993, and did play 122 NHL games -- his last was with Dallas in December 2002.

"We've had some great coaches in here," Tyler Seguin said. "But at the end of the day, we haven't had this kind of coach, a younger guy, a player's coach if you want to call it that, someone that's won pretty much everywhere he's gone and is going to change things up. I think everyone's excited for that and looking forward to a fresh new year."

SEGUIN AND THE TOP LINE

Seguin, the 26-year-old five-time All-Star with a career-high 40 goals last season, could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season. But he signed a nearly $80 million, eight-year contract extension through 2026-27 just before training camp. Seguin is on the front line with 29-year-old two-time All-Star Benn and Alexander Radulov, who had 27 goals and 45 assists last season. Only Benn had more total points than Seguin's 78, with Benn at 79 (36 goals, 43 assists) after eight goals and two assists in the last five games.

ON THE DEFENSE

John Klingberg led NHL defensemen with 59 assists last season, when Marc Methot was limited to 36 games in his Stars debut because of knee issues. A healthy Methot should be a boost to the Stars defense.

"If you look at the lineup, we know we have star power. We have everything on paper. It looks good," Klingberg said. "We're just going to have to find those pieces blending into each other."

MISSED TIME

Dallas missed the playoffs for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons after an eight-game losing streak last March. They finished 42-32-8 for 92 points, which was a 13-point increase from 2016-17 but three points out of the Western Conference's eighth playoff spot.

"I think we've got to stop, I guess, wasting the good talent that we have here and take advantage of it," Benn said. "Ten years later, goes by fast. You've got to take advantage of the good teams that you have. We have a good team here. So we've got to make a good run here."

TOP 10 BACK IN BIG D

Right wing Valeri Nichushkin played 166 games in three seasons for the Stars by time he was 21 before returning home to Russia and playing the past two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. The 10th overall pick by the Stars in the 2013 draft is back after signing a $5.9 million, two-year contract with Dallas at the start of free agency over the summer.

STARTING AT HOME

The Stars open the season Oct. 4 against Arizona, the first of four consecutive home games in 10 days before their first road game.

"I don't think I could have picked a better schedule to start the season in my first year because everything's new," Montgomery said. "Being at home, having those three days of practice in between home games, is going to be instrumental in us getting off to a good start."

The Stars have now been in Dallas for 25 years.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Tyler Seguin Signs Eight-Year Extension]]>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:23:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000416.jpg

Five-time All-Star center Tyler Seguin has signed a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars that goes through the 2026-27 season.

Stars general manager Jim Nill announced the deal Thursday before the team departed Texas for the start of training camp in Boise, Idaho.

Seguin was going into the final season of his contract.

The 26-year-old Seguin spent his first three NHL seasons with Boston, and was a member of the Bruins when they won the 2011 Stanley Cup, before being traded to Dallas in the summer of 2013.

He scored a career-high 40 goals last season and had 78 points.

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<![CDATA[Stars Captain Gives Snoop Dogg Custom Jersey]]>Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:19:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jamie+benn+stars+minnesota.jpg

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn presented rapper Snoop Dogg with a custom Stars jersey at a show in The Colony Friday night.

Benn posted photos on his Instagram account of he and his girlfriend Katie Hoaldridge handing Snoop Dogg the jersey before his DJ set at Lava Cantina.


The 17-time Grammy nominee then wore the Victory Green jersey, which had his name and the number 20 on the back, on stage while he performed.

Snoop Dogg is a long-time hockey fan, according to NHL.com, recording Hockey 101 videos for the league's website and emceeing the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

Benn and the Stars open the 2018-19 season at home Oct. 4 against the Arizona Coyotes.



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<![CDATA[Stars Sign Restricted Free Agent Gemel Smith to $720K Deal]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 20:28:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-943183786.jpg

The Dallas Stars have re-signed restricted free agent center Gemel Smith to a $720,000, one-year contract.

Smith has played in parts of the last two NHL seasons with the Stars. He was their fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

Dallas announced the deal Friday.

The 24-year-old Smith had six goals and five assists in 46 games last season. His six goals came on 42 shots.

In his NHL debut in 2016-17, Smith had three goals and three assists in 17 games. Smith has 35 goals and 51 assists in 186 games for the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League.



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<![CDATA[Stars Forward Mattias Janmark Signs $2.3M Deal for 2018-19]]>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 17:40:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/Dallas-Stars-640x424.jpg

Dallas Stars forward Mattias Janmark has signed a $2.3 million contract for the 2018-19 season.

Janmark was a restricted free agent before the deal announced Wednesday by the team.

After missing all of 2016-17 because of a preseason knee injury, the 25-year-old Swede played 81 games last season for the Stars. He had 19 goals and 15 assists, including two shorthanded goals and four game-winning goals.

General manager Jim Nill said Janmark is a strong and versatile player who always makes his presence felt when on the ice.

Janmark had 15 goals and 14 assists in 73 games as a rookie in 2015-16. He also had two goals and three assists in 12 playoff games.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Legend Mike Modano Mulling Return to Texas]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:15:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MODANO_ON_POSSIBLE_RETURN_TO_TEXAS.jpg

Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano has been raising his family in Arizona since leaving Texas a few years back, but now #9 is seriously thinking about moving his family back to the lonestar state. NBC 5's Jeff Cawley caught up with Modano and asked him about possibly working with the Stars again and who would make that first call?]]>
<![CDATA[Left Wing Elie Signs $735,000 Deal to Stay With Dallas Stars]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:48:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Left wing Remi Elie has signed a $735,000 contract to stay with the Dallas Stars.

The one-year deal with the restricted free agent was announced by the team on Tuesday.

Elie had six goals and eight assists in 72 games last season for the Stars. He added two goals and seven assists in 19 AHL playoff games with the Texas Stars.

Dallas selected the 23-year-old Elie in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2013 NHL draft.

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<![CDATA[Stars Moving Forward With New Coach and Familiar Young Wing]]>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 16:04:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/225*120/dallas-stars-jim-nill.JPG

The Dallas Stars will move forward with their new coach and a familiar young face after missing out on the NHL's top free agent.

General manager Jim Nill started another long offseason for the Stars without postseason play by hiring coach Jim Montgomery out of the college ranks in early May. On the first day of free agency Sunday, right wing Valeri Nichushkin signed a $5.9 million, two-year contract to return to Dallas after the last two seasons playing at home in Russia.

Nichushkin was the 10th overall pick by the Stars in the 2013 draft, and had 64 points (23 goals, 41 assists) while playing 166 games in three seasons by time he was 21 before returning to Russia and playing in the Kontinental Hockey League. Now he is back in the NHL at age 23.

"Over his past two seasons in the KHL and with the national team, he has continued his growth and development as a hockey player," Nill said. "He is a fantastic addition to our depth at forward and we look forward to his return to our club."

The Stars were one of six teams who met last week with John Tavares, the New York Islanders captain who on Sunday agreed to a $77 million, seven-year deal to play for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tavares could have been a big boost for the Stars, who have missed the playoffs eight of the last 10 seasons. Dallas still has high-scoring All-Star forwards in captain Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. They also have goaltender Ben Bishop, who got a new backup Sunday.

Free agent goaltender Anton Khudobin signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Stars after a backup role in Boston last season behind Tuukka Rask. Khudobin has played in 147 games with 135 starts over the past nine seasons with four different teams.

Dallas also signed 12-year veteran right wing Blake Comeau to a $7.2 million, three-year contract after he spent the past three seasons in Colorado. Defenseman Roman Polak got a $1.3 million, one-year deal after 54 games for Toronto last season.

The 32-year-old Comeau, the Islanders' second-round draft pick in 2004, had 13 goals and 21 assists last season with the Avalanche. That included three short-handed goals.

"His elite speed makes him a disruptive defensive presence and he fits well with what head coach Jim Montgomery is trying to accomplish," Nill said.

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who is second in Stars history with 215 wins but had become a backup to Bishop, is an unrestricted free agent.

The Stars lost left wings Antoine Roussel ($12 million, four years with Vancouver) and Curtis McKenzie ($3 million, two years with Vegas), and defenseman Greg Pateryn ($6.75 million, three years with Minnesota) in free agency Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Announce Craig Ludwig Will Not Return]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 17:17:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Dallas Stars team president Brad Alberts announced that Craid Ludwig, former Stars alternate captain, will not be returning to his position of color analyst for Stars broadcasts.

Daryl Reaugh will return as the team's play-by-play announcer and the club, along with its broadcast partners, will immediately begin the search for a new color analyst.

Ludwig helped the Stars secure their only Stanley Cup trophy in 1999.




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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Development Camp]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:46:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars+camp.jpg

The Dallas Stars drafted some fresh new faces last week. Now it's time to start getting these young players acclimated to life in the NHL. NBC 5's Paul Jones takes us inside Stars Development Camp.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Step into the Batting Cage at Globe Life Park]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 23:13:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars-batting-practice.jpg

Monday was “Dallas Stars Night” at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Texas Rangers with a specially-themed evening at the ballpark to honor the pro hockey team in North Texas. Prior to the game against the San Diego Padres, several members of the Stars showed what they can do on the diamond.

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<![CDATA[Pat Doney Sits Down With The Stars First Round Pick]]>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:31:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONEY_TALKS_WITH_STARS_TOP_PICK_TY_DELLANDREA.jpg

With Dallas hosting the 2018 NHL Draft, the home team grabbed young Canadian forward with their first round selection, the #13 pick. Pat Doney goes one on one with Ty Dellandrea]]>
<![CDATA[Modano Headlines as Stars Celebrate 1st NHL Draft in Texas]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:37:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Stars_Jim_Montgomery_Press_Conference_1200x675_1225832003844.jpg

The Dallas Stars are celebrating 25 years in Texas by hosting the NHL draft for the first time.

The headliner for the home team had a little anniversary of his own: retired franchise icon Mike Modano marking 30 years since he was the No. 1 overall pick by helping introduce the Stars' first-round pick, Canadian forward Ty Dellandrea, on Friday night.

Sharing the stage with high-scoring Dallas winger Jamie Benn, Modano only had to look up to see his No. 9 hanging from the rafters at the other end of American Airlines Center.

The highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history was the first pick by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988, five years before the franchise moved to North Texas.

"I've been thinking about it," Modano said. "Didn't really ring a bell till about a month ago when they started saying some stuff, called me to do some intros. I was like, `Dang, yeah, '88, 2018.' I was like, `That was quick."'

Modano watched hockey grow from almost nothing in North Texas, but couldn't say he was surprised his old franchise got the draft since a new arena that opened in 2001 brought the All-Star game six years later. The 48-year-old figured it was just a matter of time.

"I think a lot of things happened along the way that we didn't think," Modano said. "Just kind of gives people a little bit of knowledge of the town. There's hockey down in Texas and it's alive and kicking. Brings a lot of attention to this town for hockey for a good week."

Modano gigged the current captain of the Stars during their presentation, saying he wasn't on stage when Benn got drafted and Benn responding that they didn't bring fifth-round picks to the stage.

Benn, the 2015 Art Ross Trophy winner as the NHL's points leader, is up to fifth on the club's career scoring list after getting taken 129th overall in 2007. Benn's rookie season was Modano's last in Dallas.

"We worked on that for a little bit," Modano said with a smile.

Dellandrea, the 13th overall pick, was 10 when Modano retired in 2011 after one season with Detroit. Modano debuted as an 18-year-old with the North Stars and spent 20 seasons combined in Minnesota and Dallas. His American records are 557 goals and 1,359 points.

"I might have been a little young," said the 17-year-old Dellandrea, who spent the past two seasons with Flint of the Ontario Hockey League. "But both of them have been tremendous role models to look up to as a young hockey player."

Now one of them is a teammate.

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<![CDATA[Stars Select Ty Dellandrea With The 13th Overall Pick]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:54:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa_nhl_draft.jpg

The Dallas Stars drafted Ty Dellandrea with the 13th overall pick in the NHL draft.

The pick was announced by Mike Modano amd Jamie Benn. 



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<![CDATA[Stars Re-Sign Defenseman Stephen Johns to $7M, 3-Year Deal]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:01:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stephen-johns-extension.jpg

The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Stephen Johns to a $7 million, three-year contract extension.

The 26-year-old Johns had a career-best 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 75 games last season, his third in Dallas. He was the prospect acquired in a deal that brought Patrick Sharp from Chicago in 2015.

The deal for Johns was announced about an hour before the start of the NHL draft, which is being held in Dallas. Along with John Klingberg, Johns is part of a young core of defensemen the Stars hope can get the franchise back to the playoffs after a late-season collapse in 2017-18.

The 6-foot-4 native of Pennsylvania led the Stars with 155 blocked shots and 201 hits. Johns said he got his confidence back last season and "learned how to play the game at the NHL level and play at a consistent level."

General manager Jim Nill said Johns "plays a very fast, physical game and is just starting to hit the prime of his career."

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Name New Assistant Coach, Retain 3 Others]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:25:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

The Dallas Stars have named Rick Bowness an assistant coach; the team also retained assistant coaches Stu Barnes, Jeff Reese (goaltending) and Kelly Forbes (video).

Bowness joins newly-appointed assistant coach Todd Nelson, which should round out Jim Montgomery's staff.

"The Stars are very excited to have Rick join the coaching staff this season," Nill said. "Rick's experience behind the bench is unmatched in the League, while he brings with him a knowledge of the game that is second to none."

Bowness, 63, spent the last five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, serving as the team's associate head coach. The team was 238-135-37 and made four Stanley Cup playoff appearances, including three trips to the Eastern Conference finals and one Stanley Cup Final appearance, during his tenure.

A Moncton, New Brunswick-native, he adds more than 30 years of coaching experience between his stints with the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and the Winnipeg Jets. He served as head coach for periods with each of those teams, except Tampa Bay and Vancouver.

Bowness is 123-289-48-3 as a head coach.

"We are thrilled to have Rick come aboard and join our staff," Montgomery said. "Rick's familiarity not only with the NHL, but the game of hockey as a whole, will be a tremendous asset for our staff and our players. He has proven himself to be one of the best in the game and we couldn't be more excited to add him to the team."

Bowness began his coaching career as a player/coach for the Sherbrooke Jets of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was a head coach and general manager for Moncton Hawks, another AHL team, from 1987-1989.

He began his playing career in 1975 when he was selected 26th overall by the Atlanta Flames. He also played in the NHL, logging 55 points (18-37=55) in 173 career regular-season games.



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<![CDATA[NHL Salary Cap Set to Jump $4 Million This Season]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:36:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa_nhl_draft.jpg

General managers looking to make moves at the NHL draft found out the salary cap for next season will be $79.5 million, an increase of $4.5 million from last year.

The NHL and NHLPA announced the cap and $58.8 million salary floor Thursday. With the first round of the draft Friday night, teams are preparing for a bevy of player movement entirely apart from the selections themselves.

Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli says there's "a lot of chatter" going on right now. Much of that chatter involves some big names: Ottawa captain and No. 1 defenseman Erik Karlsson, Montreal winger Max Pacioretty, Buffalo center Ryan O'Reilly and Pittsburgh winger Phil Kessel are among the top players being bandied about in trade talk.

Florida GM Dale Tallon says the conversations are becoming more specific as teams lock in on specific needs all over their lineup. Chiarelli and Tallon each seem willing to trade his team's first-round pick to either move back or pick up some immediate help, and the Panthers already got 20-goal scorer Mike Hoffman from the Senators earlier this week.

A year ago, the cap only went up $2 million. The bigger increase this year should spur more trades and give teams more room to keep players.

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<![CDATA[Southlake Prospect Prepares for Dream Moment at NHL Draft]]>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:51:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Ryan-OReilly-061718.jpg

Ryan O'Reilly is the top NHL prospect from Texas in the 2018 draft, and has sacrificed quite a bit before hearing his name called in the American Airlines Center this week. NBC 5's Pat Doney has the story.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Announce Upcoming Preseason Schedule]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:31:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/361*120/Capture420.JPG

The Dallas Stars have announced the club's upcoming preseason schedule, which includes three games at the AAC in September.

The club will open its preseason schedule at home on Tuesday, Sept. 18 against a division rival, St. Louis Blues.

The Stars will conduct training camp at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID - the club's first time hosting training camp at their development affiliate's facility - from Sept. 14-16.

 The team will also host Minnesota on Sept. 24 and Colorado on Sept. 30, as part of their seven-game preseason. Tickets are on sale now.



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<![CDATA[NHL Teams Thinking Outside the Box to Find Coaches]]>Wed, 09 May 2018 04:53:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-102852912.jpg

Jim Nill could have picked anyone from an extensive list of experienced out-of-work NHL coaches to fill the Dallas Stars' vacancy.

Darryl Sutter has won the Stanley Cup twice, Dan Bylsma once, Alain Vigneault has made the Final twice and Dave Tippett is widely considered one of the best in hockey. Any of them could've been a nice fit, but the Stars general manger wanted to be comprehensive in his search.

"The game is changing, life changes, and we wanted to make sure that we didn't forget somebody," Nill said. "Let's not leave anything, any leaf unturned, every door open, let's look at every candidate."

Dallas decided last week on University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery to replace franchise legend Ken Hitchcock, who returned for one season almost two decades after leading the Stars to the Cup. Nill's front office is far from the only one looking outside the box to college, junior and Europe for coaching candidates, a trend that could lead to far more teams going beyond retreads with the hope of finding the next great mind behind the bench.

"It's more kind of an evolution of the game itself," said Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol, who was hired out of the University of North Dakota in the summer of 2015 and has gotten the Flyers to the playoffs twice in three seasons. "There are so many good people coaching at different levels. For a lot of years it seems that maybe the college-coaching level was maybe bypassed for some of the opportunities. But I think when you look at the quality of coaching in the college game today ... there's some real talented people."

Before Hakstol and Montgomery, it had been since Herb Brooks in 1987 and Bob Johnson in 1982 that a coach went from the NCAA ranks directly to the NHL. Outside of now-San Jose's Peter DeBoer and ex-Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston, junior hockey hasn't funneled many straight to the NHL, and there have only been two European-born head coaches: Ivan Hlinka and Alpo Suhonen in the early 2000s.

It's far more common for teams to mine the American Hockey League and NHL staffs for head jobs, and that's usually a necessary step. Tampa Bay's Jon Cooper came from the United States Hockey League but spent time in the AHL before the Lightning elevated him, and longtime Quebec Major Junior Hockey League coach Benoit Groulx is on the same path now with the NHL in his near future.

Buffalo's Phil Housley got some experience as the U.S. world junior coach but went right from high school hockey to being an assistant in Nashville. And Rod Brind'Amour spent seven seasons as an assistant after his playing days were over before being named Carolina's coach on Tuesday.

Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said Brind'Amour's "fresh ideas, ability to motivate and understanding of what it takes to bring a championship" to Carolina set him apart. As the New York Rangers look to fill their job after firing Vigneault and other openings come up in the next few offseasons, there will be plenty of fresh coaches to choose from.

Boston University's David Quinn has been linked to the Rangers but will stay at least one more year and run the U.S. world junior team before likely being the next to graduate from college to the NHL. Sweden national coach Rikard Gronborg might also be in the mix sooner than later.

"I've kind of done all that stuff and coached some of the best players in the world," Gronborg told Sportsnet recently. "Now I'm interested to have my ideas, to (implement) them over a period of time and do them overseas, and kind of challenging the coaching community over in the NHL. I bring a different perspective on things."

Germany national coach Marco Sturm also brings a different perspective after playing 14 NHL seasons and leading an unheralded team to capture the silver medal at the most recent Olympics. Sturm would like to coach in the NHL but said: "I'm only 39 years old, I've still got time and I'm still learning and I want to learn and we'll see what the future presents."

With an eye on the future, Nill looked at the present success of young coaches like Cooper and New Jersey's John Hynes and widened his net. It ended with Montgomery and perhaps a new thought process from Nill on how to go through coaching searches.

"Once we went through this process, I just think ... who was Scott Bowman? Someone gave him a chance," Nill said. "Who was Mike Babcock? Somebody gave him a chance. This is a guy that he deserves a chance."

AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Dallas contributed.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Name Jim Montgomery Head Coach]]>Fri, 04 May 2018 13:34:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-new-coach-jim-montgomery1.jpg

The Dallas Stars announced Jim Montgomery as the team’s new head coach at a press conference Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Name Jim Montgomery New Coach]]>Fri, 04 May 2018 14:35:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stars-new-coach-jim-montgomery1.jpg

When Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill started his third coaching search in five years, he took a look at the talented roster that is still among the youngest in the NHL.

Their new coach is certainly accustomed to dealing with youth.

Jim Montgomery was introduced Friday by the Stars, becoming the second head coach in three years to go directly from the college ranks to the NHL.

"I think the game is changing, and in the end it's dealing with people," Nill said. "It's dealing with the younger players, and on top of it, winning, and he's done that."

Montgomery was 125-57-26 the past five seasons at the University of Denver, including a national title in 2016-17. As a player, he was part of a national championship at Maine in 1993.

"We loved our life in Denver and I loved my job, and the only way I was going to move from a great position was for an opportunity that was better," said the 48-year-old Montgomery, who has four young children.

Before Denver, he spent three seasons as head coach and general manager for Dubuque of the United States Hockey League. The Fighting Saints were 118-45-21 from 2010-13, when they won two USHL titles.

Montgomery is a departure from the two first two hires by Nill, grizzled NHL veterans Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock.

Hitchcock, who coached the Stars to their only Stanley Cup title in 1999, returned as their coach for only one season before retiring last month and becoming a consultant for the team. The Stars have missed the playoffs eight of the last 10 seasons.

Philadelphia has made the playoffs in two of the three seasons since Dave Hakstol was hired by the Flyers out of collegiate power North Dakota.

Montgomery inherits a Dallas squad led high-scoring All-Star forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, one of the top-scoring defensemen in John Klingberg, and goalie Ben Bishop. Benn, the team captain, was among those attending Montgomery's introductory news conference.

"When I look at this lineup, I really get excited," Montgomery said. "It has everything you want. It has star power. ... You have depth, you have size, you have skill, you have speed at every position."

The Stars were solidly positioned for the playoffs in March before an eight-game losing streak that started with six losses on the road. Still, Dallas improved significantly in a year, finishing with 92 points under Hitchcock after only 79 in the last of their four seasons with Ruff. The 79 points were the second-fewest in a full season for the team since moving to Dallas in 1993-94.

Montgomery played in 122 career NHL games from 1993-2003, his last nine games coming with the Stars. He also played for St. Louis, Montreal, Philadelphia and San Jose.

"I hope my coaching career is going to last longer," Montgomery joked.

Only two head coaches had gone directly from college to the NHL before Hakstol and Montgomery.

Ned Harkness was the first, when he went from Cornell to Detroit in 1970, and was 12-22-4 as head coach before becoming the Red Wings GM. Bob Johnson went from Wisconsin to Calgary in 1982 and had a 234-188-58 record in six seasons as an NHL head coach. Johnson team's made the playoffs in all six of his seasons, five in Calgary and his only season in Pittsburgh for a Stanley Cup title in 1991.

Nill said his final list of 10 candidates includes five veteran coaches and five others who could be given an opportunity as an NHL coach.

"He's a guy that's been on our radar screen," Nill said of Montgomery. "He had that passion, that fire. He's built his resume up the right way. It's about winning, and he's found a way to do it, and especially a way to do it in today's game."



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Name Jim Montgomery as Head Coach]]>Thu, 03 May 2018 19:39:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/STARS_MONTGOMERY_TALK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1225323075933.jpg

The Dallas Stars are set to hire Jim Montgomery as their head coach. NBC 5’s Sports Director and Pat Doney talk about the move and what it means to the Dallas Stars.]]>
<![CDATA[Source: Stars Will Name New Head Coach on Friday]]>Wed, 02 May 2018 14:13:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo1.jpg

Jim Montgomery will be announced as the Stars' next head coach on Friday, according to a source.

Montgomery, 48, has served the past five seasons as head coach at Denver University, winning the NCAA championship in 2017. He will be just the fifth coach in history to jump straight from the college ranks to head coach in the NHL, so the Stars are going a different route with this hire.

Read more on this report from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Wings Only NTX Pro Team to Make Playoffs This Season]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:39:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Generic-Sports-1.jpg

When it comes to North Texas professional sports teams, women ruled this season.

The WNBA's Dallas Wings are the only local pro team to make the playoffs.

That's right. Go Wings!

The Wings 2017 record may have been 16-18, but they still made it to the first round of playoffs, losing to Washington 86-76.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks will finish their season Tuesday night, with a 23-54 record at the moment.

The Dallas Cowboys finished 9-7, watching division rival Philadelphia winning its first Super Bowl.

And while the Texas Rangers rival Houston Astros won their first World Series, the Rangers finished 78-84 for their season.

And in hockey, the Dallas Stars just wrapped their season with a record of 42-32-8.

In soccer, FC Dallas finished seventh in the West in 2017 with a record of 11-10-13 -- this after coming in first in the conference the previous two seasons with appearances in the conference finals and semifinals in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Click here to read more about this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[No Playoffs For The Dallas Stars]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 22:18:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KEN_HITCHCOCK_ON_STARS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1206948931605.jpg

The Dallas Stars will once again sit home during the playoffs. Head Coach Ken Hitchcock explains the one problem the team had this season and which team he is looking to copy to fix the problem going forward.]]>
<![CDATA[Seguin Expresses Disappointment in Missing the Playoffs]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 22:16:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TYLER_SEGUIN_ON_SEASON_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1206934595606.jpg

The Dallas Stars missed the postseason for the second season in a row. Tyler Seguin talks about his good season and how hard it will be to get over missing the postseason.]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Looking Back on Disappointing Season]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 22:14:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JAMIE_BENN_SOUND_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1206814787531.jpg

The Dallas Stars looked like they were headed to the postseason but a late season debacle ended their chances. Captain Jamie Benn talks about what went wrong and what's ahead.]]>
<![CDATA[Benn Hat Trick Gives Stars Win Over Kings]]>Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:48:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_hockey_talk_jamie_benn_1200x675_1061006915949.jpg

Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars won't be in the playoffs. Still, they gave the Los Angeles Kings a good preview of how tough raising the Stanley Cup might be.

Benn had a natural hat trick in the first period and the Stars beat the Kings 4-2 on Saturday night.

It was Benn's second hat trick in three games and the fourth of his career. Benn has seven goals during a three-game scoring streak.

Kari Lehtonen made 34 saves in his 445th and potential last game for the Stars before becoming a free agent this summer. Devin Shore also scored, and Alexander Radulov had three assists.

Dallas finished three points behind Colorado for the second wild-card in the Western Conference. The Stars went 0-6-2 in mid-March when starting goalie Ben Bishop sustained a knee injury, and that stretch of poor play loomed large in not making the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

"You hate to look back and wonder what you could have done different, but we played some pretty good hockey most of the year and didn't raise our level when it needed to be raised. And here we are out of the playoffs now," Benn said.

Alec Martinez scored twice and Jonathan Quick made 14 saves for the Kings, who will play Vegas in the first round of the playoffs after finishing as the first wild card from the Western Conference.

Benn made it 2-0 at 8:40, knocking the puck out of mid-air by swinging his stick like a baseball bat from close range.

Benn scored his second at 11:35 to put the Stars up 3-0. Benn tapped the puck into an open net after defenseman Oscar Fantenberg lost the puck in his own zone.

"You can't blame our goalie on any of them. I think if you had two goalies in the net you might not get a save there because we had full possession of the puck on three of those plays," Kings coach John Stevens said.

Benn got his hat trick at 13:57 by tipping Radulov's pass past Quick for his 10th point during a five-game point streak. He has eight goals and two assists in that span.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead at 6:41. Shore scored on a backhand after poking the puck away from Kings defenseman Christian Folin. It was Shore's 11th goal, and his third point (two goals, one assist) in five games.

"Obviously, that's not a good enough start," Martinez said. "Quite frankly, it's embarrassing. We left our goalie out to dry, and that's not fair to him."

Martinez scored on a slap shot at 3:42 in the second, getting the Kings on the board. He cut the deficit to 4-2 at 12:27 on a one-timer from Michael Amadio after a power play expired.

The Kings went 2-1-1 against the Golden Knights this season, winning back-to-back games on Feb. 26-27.

"Except the first period tonight, I think we've been playing pretty well the last couple games," Kings center Adrian Kempe said. "We got to bring it now. We need every single guy in the locker room. We need everybody to be at their best now. The fun starts right now. Hopefully everybody is ready for it."

NOTES: Martinez has two goals and two assists during a three-game point streak. ... Stars D John Klingberg had an assist, closing the season on a four-game point streak. ... Kings F Torrey Mitchell (flu) missed his second straight game.

UP NEXT

Stars: End of regular season. Did not qualify for playoffs.

Kings: Visit the Golden Knights to start the first round.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Stars Fall to Anaheim Ducks]]>Sat, 07 Apr 2018 09:43:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-935384384.jpg

Even after a tremendous late-season surge capped by seven straight home victories, the Anaheim Ducks' playoff position won't be determined until the final day of the regular season.

The Ducks are grateful to be pushed, and they plan to keep shoving deep into the NHL postseason.

Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and two assists, and the Ducks maintained their late-season charge with their ninth win in 11 games overall, 5-3 over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who leapfrogged the Los Angeles Kings by one point for third place in the Pacific Division. The playoff-bound rivals have been trading the spot down the stretch, and the race will go down to the final game -- with second place also in play for Anaheim.

"It's been a long season, but we still want to take that next step," Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said.

Anaheim clinched its sixth consecutive playoff berth Wednesday, but it can't let up heading into its finale at Arizona on Saturday night. The Ducks and the Coyotes will begin about 90 minutes before the Kings host the Stars.

What's more, if the Ducks win and the San Jose Sharks lose in regulation to Minnesota later in the night, Anaheim will jump into second, earning home ice for at least one round.

Anaheim's streak of five consecutive Pacific Division titles is ending, but bigger banners are still available to a team hitting its stride.

"The whole team is building that confidence, and we're playing the right way," Silfverberg said. "We just need to make sure we have a strong finish tomorrow and see who we get."

Rickard Rakell and Derek Grant also scored before Cogliano got a key breakaway goal with 5:25 to play for the Ducks, who have lost in regulation at home just once in 17 games since Jan. 23.

Ryan Miller made 23 saves to win his second straight start in place of John Gibson. Miller also earned the 369th victory of his NHL career, tying Tom Barrasso for second among U.S.-born goaltenders.

Jamie Benn scored his 33rd goal and added an assist for the Stars, who aren't going out quietly in their disappointing season. After beating playoff-bound Minnesota and San Jose in their previous two games, the Stars gave a scare to the Ducks before taking their 10th loss in 13 games.

"(The Ducks) looked like a team that's getting ready for the playoffs," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We looked like a team that still was trying, but they had details in our game that we didn't have, and that part, I'm sure, is disappointing for everybody."

Mike McKenna stopped 28 shots in his second appearance of the season for Dallas and the 34-year-old veteran's 25th NHL appearance of his lengthy hockey career. McKenna, who got a win over San Jose in relief on Tuesday, has been the third goalie most of the season for the Stars, who are his fifth NHL team and 15th professional team.

"I allowed five goals, so I'm disappointed we didn't win the game more than anything," said McKenna, who will head back to the AHL next week for the Texas Stars' playoff push. "There's room for improvement. Go back, look at video and try to get better again. Doesn't change anything for me that there's not more time left here. There's more time left in the season."

Marc Methot got his first goal in 35 games this season, and Radek Faksa also scored for Dallas.

NOTES: During a first-period break, Honda Center aired a tribute video to Beauchemin, who has said he will retire after this season. Beauchemin, who has played three separate stints in Anaheim during his career, acknowledged his standing ovation with a wave. "I knew it was coming ... (but) I still had some problems keeping it together because of all the great memories." ... Ducks D Cam Fowler missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury that could sideline him deep into the playoffs. Gibson also missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury, but it isn't thought to be serious. ... Rakell's 33rd goal of the season matched his career high and also ended Anaheim's 0-for-10 power play drought.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Ducks: At Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Benn Records Hat Trick in Stars' Win Over Sharks]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 04:35:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jamie+benn+stars+minnesota.jpg

Calling it "a lucky play," Jamie Benn stole the puck from Tomas Hertl and scored the go-ahead goal with 3:06 left before tacking on an empty-netter for the hat trick in the Dallas Stars' 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

"It was just a read," Benn said. "I'll take it."

So will the Stars, who ended a seven-game road losing streak.

"We played our best third period in a long time," coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Mike McKenna, who replaced an injured Kari Lehtonen, got the victory after stopping all 17 shots he faced. McKenna last played in the NHL for the Arizona Coyotes on Feb. 16, 2015.

"It's fulfilling getting a win," McKenna said. "It was fun to be part of this win. It's not anything I haven't seen before. Sometimes you lean on your experience."

Dallas' Gemel Smith tied it at 2 with 5:17 left. Devon Shore won a battle along the boards and rushed the net, tapping it to Smith at the last second.

Logan Couture set a career high with his 33rd goal and Timo Meier scored No. 20 for the Sharks, who lost their fourth straight.

"You're concerned any time you lose a lead," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "Again, we played good enough tonight to score four goals and we should have won. We didn't, and we didn't handle that as well as we could have in the third. For me, the big mistake was not putting them away when we had the chance, not the third period."

Lehtonen left with an upper-body injury with 4:06 remaining in the first period. He took a puck to the facemask. Hitchcock said he should be OK for Friday's game in Los Angeles. Lehtonen saved 12 of 14 shots.

Couture put the Sharks ahead 1-0 when he got a pass from Brent Burns and fired it into the net from long range midway through the first period.

Meier added to the lead six minutes later after chasing down a puck that had bounced off Lehtonen's pads. He fired from the right side, finding a hole under Lehtonen's glove.

"You don't want to be on your heels," Meier said. "We were on our heels and you can't do that late in the season. A thing like that can't happen again."

Benn made it 2-1 late in the second period, redirecting a centering pass from John Klingberg off Martin Jones' shoulder pad and into the net.

"After the second period we regrouped and refocused," Benn said. "We found a way to put together 20 good minutes and found a way to win."

NOTES: Benn has points in 10 of his last 13 games. ... Stars C Tyler Seguin has points in each of his past four games and six of seven overall. ... Sharks F Evander Kane missed the game with an apparent arm injury suffered at Las Vegas on Saturday night. ... Sharks C Dylan Gambrell made his NHL debut. ... The Sharks signed Sasha Chmelevski to a contract and assigned him to the AHL Barracudas.

UP NEXT

Stars: Play at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Sharks: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Radulov's OT Goal Helps Stars End Skid, Beat Flyers]]>Tue, 27 Mar 2018 23:09:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Alexander Radulov scored 40 seconds into overtime as the Dallas Stars beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night to end an eight-game winless streak.

Tyler Seguin passed from the right side across to Radulov, who beat Philadelphia goalie Petr Mrazek for the game winner.

The Stars were 0-6-2 during their longest stretch without a win since moving to Dallas in 1993. With five games left, the Stars moved four points behind Colorado for the Western Conference's final playoff berth.

Philadelphia extended its points streak to six games (3-0-3) and remained two points ahead of New Jersey for the Eastern Conference's top wild card.

Radek Faksa had the game's first goal just past midway into the first period for Dallas and Brett Ritchie tied it 2-2 on the power play midway through the second.

In between, Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov scored for Philadelphia, with Shayne Gostisbehere assisting on both goals.

Seguin had two assists to reach 500 career points for the Stars, and Radulov also had a an assist. Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots.

Mrazek made 20 saves for the Flyers.

Faksa scored with 9:10 remaining in the first. Antoine Roussel's shot from above the left faceoff circle went wide left, bouncing off the boards and out to Faksa at the right of the net. He put in a backhand off Mrazek's left skate as the goalie scrambled to get back to that side.

Konecny tied it with 3:09 left in the opening period with a wrist shot from just inside the right circle that went under the crossbar.

Dallas had seven of the first eight shots on goal, but Philadelphia outshot the Stars 10-3 for the remainder of the first period.

The Flyers took the lead just 2:03 into the second. Wayne Simmonds passed to Provorov in the slot. Before he fell to the ice, Provorov put a wrist shot inside the left goalpost.

It took the Stars just 19 seconds into their first power play of the second to tie it. Standing just to the left of the net, Ritchie tipped in Radulov's shot from the right circle.

NOTES: Konecny has 17 of his 23 goals in the last 31 games. ... Claude Giroux's assist on Konecny's goal was his eighth in the last four games and 66th of the season. ... Radulov reached 40 assists for the first time in his career. ... Before Ritchie's goal, Philadelphia had killed 12 of 13 penalties over six-plus games.

UP NEXT

Flyers: Finish a three-game trip on Wednesday at Colorado.

Stars: Visit Minnesota on Thursday before returning for the home finale on Saturday vs. the Wild.



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<![CDATA[Boucher, Dowd score on power play; Canucks beat Stars]]>Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:13:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Reid Boucher and Nic Dowd scored rare goals on the power play, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied to beat the reeling Dallas Stars 4-1 on Sunday night.

Dallas' Mattias Janmark started the scoring with a short-handed goal in the first period, but Boucher tied it on the same man advantage. It was Boucher's third goal this season, all coming over two games in Dallas.

Dowd scored his third goal with one second left on a four-minute power play in the second period.

Jake Virtanen added a third-period goal and Tyler Motte scored into an empty net for Vancouver, which won for only the second time in 10 games.

The Stars are on an 0-6-2 skid and have all but fallen out of playoff contention. With six games remaining, they are five points behind St. Louis for the second wild card from the Western Conference. The eight-game losing streak is the longest since the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993.

Jussi Jokinen assisted on the Canucks' first two goals.

The goals by Janmark and Bouche followed a tripping penalty on Stephen Johns. Janmark beat Alexander Edler to a puck in the neutral zone, skated in alone and beat Jacob Markstrom with a wrist shot. Thirty seconds later, Boucher tied it after Jokinen's shot from the right circle deflected to him for a put-back past Kari Lehtonen.

Dallas killed 3:59 of Tyler Seguin's double minor for high sticking before Dowd put in a shot off Lehtonen's left skate and the right goalpost.

Virtanen's goal came on a shot from the right boards that went in between Lehtonen and the post.

NOTES: Markstrom had 30 saves, and Lehtonen stopped 23 shots. ... Janmark's short-handed goal was his second this season, Dallas' second in two games and the Stars' sixth this season. Vancouver has allowed six short-handed goals. ... Jokinen began his career with Dallas in 2005 and has played for nine NHL teams, including four this season. He had his first two-point game since Dec. 15 for the Kings against the Rangers. ... Canucks D Ashton Sautner made his NHL debut as an emergency call-up for Chris Tanev, who was injured in Friday's game at St. Louis. Sautner was playing for Utica in the AHL, where he had spent all of his three pro seasons.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Begin their final homestand (five games) against Anaheim on Tuesday night.

Stars: Finish a three-game homestand Tuesday night vs. Philadelphia.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Really Need a Win]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:33:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-935384384.jpg

The Dallas Stars will take on the Boston Bruins Friday night at the American Airlines Center, and they really need to get a win.

The Stars enter the game on a six game losing streak and currently sit four points out of the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference.

The Bruins have already clinched a postseason spot but the Stars beat the Boston in their only other meeting this season 3-2 in overtime back in January.

The Stars have just eight games left in the regular season. The puck drops Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Carlson Scores Late as Capitals Deal Stars a Tough Defeat]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:34:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-935384384.jpg

John Carlson scored the go-ahead goal with five minutes remaining to help the Washington Capitals beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Tuesday night and extend their lead atop the Metropolitan Division.

T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen and Alex Ovechkin also scored for Washington, which leads the tight Metropolitan by four points over Pittsburgh and Columbus. The Capitals are on pace for their third consecutive division title and playoff appearance with nine games remaining.

Carlson's goal tied him with the Stars' John Klingberg for the NHL lead among defensemen with 61 points. It was also a dagger to Dallas' fading playoff hopes. The Stars finished their road trip 0-4-2 and sit outside the final playoff position in the Western Conference and could need 14 of a possible 18 points before the end of the season to get in.

Braden Holtby stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced to beat the Stars for just the second time in six career starts, a fine performance as the 2016 Vezina Trophy winner tries to get his game together before the playoffs. Kari Lehtonen, who could be counted on to start every game for Dallas down the stretch with Ben Bishop out, allowed four goals on 32 shots in the loss that included goals from Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov.

A sluggish first period took a turn about 15 minutes in when Washington's Nicklas Backstrom tripped fellow Swede Klingberg to put Dallas on the power play. With the Capitals converging on the puck at the blue line, Seguin was left wide open and scored his 39th goal of the season 16:04 in.

Two more Capitals penalties gave the Stars opportunities to build the lead, but when they couldn't -- and Washington had better short-handed chances than it gave up on the power play -- it was 1-1 at 4:07 of the second on Oshie's 16th. Washington took the lead less than 90 seconds later on Niskanen's harmless-looking point shot that deflected off Stars defenseman Greg Pateryn's raised stick and past Lehtonen.

As good as the Capitals' penalty kill was in the second period, the Stars scored seconds after a power play expired as Radulov deflected Klingberg's shot into the net at 11:48. Klingberg's 61 points are the most among NHL defensemen.

Ovechkin continued the back-and-forth scoring on the power play 14:31 into the second, his league-leading 44th goal this season and 602nd of his career to pass Jari Kurri for sole possession of 19th on the career list. It was his 22nd career goal against Lehtonen, tied for the most against any goalie with the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist.

A turnover by Washington's Lars Eller paved the way for Benn to tie the score again at 18:15 when he muscled by a defender to the net and waited out Holtby to score his 27th of the season.

Carlson scored with 4:59 left to put the Capitals up and almost end the Stars' season.

NOTES: Eller was benched for more than eight minutes after his giveaway. ... Capitals D Brooks Orpik returned after missing one game with a lower-body injury. C Evgeny Kuznetsov missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. ... Stars D Marc Methot missed his fourth game in a row with a hand injury, while RW Brett Ritchie (lower body) and C Jason Spezza (back) were also out.

UP NEXT

Stars: Return home to face the Boston Bruins on Friday.

Capitals: Visit the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Winnipeg Jets Beat Dallas Stars; Match Franchise Wins Record at 43]]>Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:22:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Dallas+Stars+Logo.jpg

Patrik Laine scored twice to extend his point streak to 15 games and tie Alex Ovechkin for the NHL goal lead, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Sunday night to match the franchise wins record at 43.

The second-year sniper has 43 goals, matching the total from Ovechkin, the Washington star and Laine's boyhood favorite. Laine's point streak is the longest active run in the NHL and adds to his league record for the longest point streak by a teenager. The streak includes 18 goals and eight assists.

Ben Chiarot also scored and Blake Wheeler added an empty-netter for Winnipeg.

Mattias Janmark and Jamie Benn each scored for Dallas.

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets in the second game of a six-game homestand. The last time they reached 43 wins was 2014-15, when they made the playoffs for the first time since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta.

The victory also gave Winnipeg a sweep over the Stars in the teams' four-game season series.

Ben Bishop stopped three shots before leaving the game with 9:49 remaining in the first period after whipping out his left glove to snag Bryan Little's shot. Playing his second game after missing five with a knee injury, Bishop stood in the crease bent over before skating off with what the team reported as a lower-body injury.

Kari Lehtonen replaced Bishop and made 17 saves for the visitors, who finished off a winless five-game road trip (0-3-2).

Winnipeg led 1-0 after the first period and 3-2 after the second.

With Benn in the penalty box for tripping, Laine scored with 0.4 seconds remaining in the first period following a supreme effort by Wheeler. After losing an edge and falling down near the bottom of the right circle, Wheeler swept a one-handed pass through the feet of Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis to Laine out in front, and he put a high shot past Lehtonen.

It was Laine's 19th power-play goal, tops in the NHL. Wheeler picked up his 61st assist of the season, also a league high.

NOTES: Jets C Adam Lowry picked up an assist on Chiarot's goal in his first game back after sitting 19 with an upper-body injury. Mark Scheifele and Tobias Enstrom also returned from injury. Scheifele got a helper on Wheeler's goal.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host Boston on Wednesday night.

Jets: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday night.



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<![CDATA[Marner Gets Winner in Shootout, Maple Leafs Beat Stars]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:09:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Mitch Marner scored the winner in the shootout to lift Toronto to a 6-5 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night, extending the Maple Leafs' franchise-record home winning streak to 11 games.

Marner beat Kari Lehtonen in the third round of the shootout, completing Toronto's comebacks from 4-2 and 5-4 deficits in the third period.

James van Riemsdyk had his third career hat trick, and Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau also scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 20 shots before getting lifted just past the game's midway point with an upper-body injury. Curtis McElhinney came on and stopped 13 shots -- including two big saves on Jamie Benn during a power play in overtime -- the rest of the way to help Toronto improve to 3-2-2 overall since star center Auston Matthews went down with a shoulder injury on Feb. 22.

Tyler Bozak, who also scored in the shootout, and Marner each added two assists to keep the Maple Leafs perfect at home since losing to Colorado on Jan. 22.

Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists, Benn added a goal and an assist, and Radek Faska, Remi Elie and Brett Ritchie also scored in regulation for Dallas. Lehtonen made 26 stops through overtime.

After the Leafs stormed back with two goals in the third to tie it 4-4, Ritchie took a feed from Seguin and beat McElhinney with 6:42 remaining for his sixth goal of the season.

However, Marleau tied it with 15.3 seconds left in regulation when he tipped home Marner's shot for his 22nd to send the game to overtime.

Outshot 25-15 through what were a listless two periods after a jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the Maple Leafs pulled to 4-3 at 5:13 of the third when van Riemsdyk softly flipped his second of the night and 28th of the campaign into the roof of Lehtonen's net.

Toronto got the game's first power play with about 10 minutes left in regulation, and van Riemsdyk scored his third goal of the night, and team-leading 29th of the season, at 10:43 off a hard pass from Marner.

Van Riemsdyk's three goals moved him past Matthews, who missed his 17th game of the season due to injury, for the team lead.

Tied 2-2 after the first period, the Stars came out flying to start the second -- outshooting Toronto 9-1 -- before Seguin gave his team its first lead at 4:30. The slick center took a quick shot off the rush, stepped around Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner and beat Andersen between the legs on the rebound for his 37th.

Andersen left the crease during a television timeout with 9:35 left in the second and went straight to the locker room.

Coming off back-to-back losses, including Tuesday's 4-2 setback in Montreal, the Stars made it 4-2 at 14:03 when Elie scored his sixth off a nice no-look feed from Devin Shore past a helpless McElhinney.

Toronto bounced back off a recent 0-2-2 road trip to defeat two-time defending Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh 5-2 on Saturday, setting a new club record for consecutive home wins with 10.

While the Maple Leafs are all but assured of finishing as the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division with the playoffs less than a month away, the Stars find themselves in a battle for a postseason spot in the tight Western Conference standings.

Toronto opened the scoring at 4:28 of the first when Kadri took advantage of Lehtonen's miscue in front to tap home his 27th.

The crowd at Air Canada Centre barely had a chance to get back in their seats before van Riemsdyk made it 2-0 just 25 seconds later when he banged in a rebound -- also his 27th -- off a scramble in front.

The Stars got on the board with the teams playing 4-on-4 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first when Seguin beat Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly to a puck in the corner off a faceoff and fed Benn, who got his 25th.

Dallas tied it 1:32 later when Greg Pateryn blasted a shot from the point that ticked off Faska in front for his 14th.

NOTES: Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson made his NHL debut. ... Prior to the recent four-game slide, Toronto had won 14 wins in 17. ... Toronto D Nikita Zaitsev sat out for a second consecutive game with the flu. ... Stars D Marc Methot suffered a hand injury against Montreal and didn't dress. ... Dallas No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop missed his fifth straight outing with a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Stars: At Ottawa on Friday night.

Maple Leafs: At Buffalo on Thursday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Canadiens Top Stars to Snap 5-Game Skid]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:18:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Artturi Lehkonen scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens snapped their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Brendan Gallagher and Nikita Scherbak also scored for Montreal (26-32-12), which hadn't won since March 2. Alex Galchenyuk had two assists.

Antti Niemi made 36 saves for his fifth win of the season. Niemi hasn't lost in regulation since Feb. 14, going 3-0-3 during that stretch.

Radek Faksa and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas (38-26-6), and Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots in defeat.

The Canadiens were at home for the first time since a 1-3-2 road trip.

Andrew Shaw left midway through the third period with an injury. Shaw hit former teammate Greg Pateryn along the boards but got the worst of it as their heads collided. The Canadiens winger has already missed 19 games this season with a lower-body injury.

The game marked Alexander Radulov's return to the Bell Centre. Radulov hadn't faced his former club in Montreal since signing with Dallas as a free agent in the offseason.

Radulov was met with cheers when he was featured on the big screen in the first period. The winger scored 18 goals in 76 games for Montreal last season -- his first back in the NHL since 2011.

Faksa got Dallas on the board at 11:48 of the first period as he deflected Pateryn's shot past Niemi.

Lehkonen tied things up with a wrist shot to the blocker side at 16:31.

A four-minute high-sticking penalty to Dan Hamhuis in the second changed the course of the game, with Montreal scoring twice in 35 seconds.

First, Lehkonen beat Lehtonen through the legs from the slot at 8:41. And after Faksa took a tripping penalty to give the Canadiens a two-man advantage, Gallagher netted his team-leading 26th of the season at 9:16.

Benn got one back for the Stars on the power play at 18:20 of the second. Radulov got an assist on the goal.

Scherbak made it 4-2, again on the power play, at 9:26 of the third.

Montreal finished 3 for 5 with the extra skater.

During the game, the Canadiens announced defenseman Shea Weber had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn tendon in his left foot. The team expects his recovery to take six months.

Weber is thought to have been injured when he was hit by a shot in the first game of the season. The 32-year-old has not played since Dec. 16.

NOTES: The Stars are two games into a six-game road trip. ... Galchenyuk has eight points in his last eight games. . The Stars beat Montreal 3-1 earlier this season in Dallas.

UP NEXT

Stars: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Canadiens: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Oleksiak's Late Goal Helps Penguins Defeat Stars]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:42:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JAMIE11.jpg

Jamie Oleksiak scored a goal against his former team to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.

Oleksiak scored his fifth of the season, while Evgeni Malkin got his 39th and added an assist. Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal, his 20th, to help the Penguins win for the fourth in five games.

Malkin, now with 919 points, moved past Pavel Datsyuk for fifth on the NHL's all-time points list among Russian-born players. He also equaled a season-high six-game points streak.

Pittsburgh, which rebounded from a 5-2 loss at Toronto one night earlier, jumped past Washington for first place in a tight Metropolitan Division. The Penguins, who lost six of their previous seven against Dallas, have won 14 of their last 15 overall at home.

Casey DeSmith made 17 saves for the Penguins with starter Matt Murray out for his seventh game with a concussion.

Alexander Radulov scored a power-play goal, his 25th of the season, for the Stars, who started a critical late-season stretch of six road games in 10 days with a loss against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Dallas, the first wild card in the Western Conference, is 14-15-3 on the road and has just two wins in its last six games.

Kari Lehtonen, making his third straight start, stopped 27 shots.

Hornqvist opened the scoring with a first-period power-play goal. The final pick of the 2005 NHL Draft, he has scored at least 20 goals in eight of 10 NHL seasons, including the last five. The Penguins had two goals in their last 18 power-play chances prior to Hornqvist's goal.

Oleksiak gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead with 3.7 seconds left in the first. The Stars drafted Oleksiak in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft and Pittsburgh acquired the 6-foot-7, 25-year-old defenseman from Dallas on Dec. 19 for a 2019 conditional fourth-round draft pick.

Radulov scored a second-period power-play goal on a five-on-three for the Stars' first goal.

Hornqvist thought he had his second power-play goal of the game, and a 3-1 lead for Pittsburgh later in the period. But the Stars challenged the play and the goal was overturned because Malkin went offside earlier in the sequence.

NOTES: Stars G Ben Bishop missed his third game with a knee injury. He is expected to skate with equipment Monday after skating without pads Sunday morning. ... Pittsburgh scratched F Dominik Simon (lower-body), F Bryan Rust (concussion), F Zach Aston-Reese (upper body) and D Matt Hunwick. ... Marc Methot (knee) and Mattias Janmark (illness) both played for Dallas after missing Friday's game against Anaheim. ... Stars F Antoine Roussel played in his 400th career NHL game. He is the first in NHL history from France to play in 400 games.

UP NEXT

Stars: Continue a six-game road trip Tuesday at Montreal

Penguins: Open a three-game road trip at the New York Rangers on Wednesday



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<![CDATA[Shore, Benn Score on Power Play, Stars Beat Ducks]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:36:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-02.jpg

Devin Shore and Jamie Benn scored power-play goals in the third period and the Dallas Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Friday night.

With the game tied at 1, Benn tipped John Klingberg's shot from the top of the slot past Anaheim's Ryan Miller for the go-ahead goal with 5:37 remaining.

Ryan Getzlaf scored Anaheim's goal in the first period.

Both teams entered with 80 points, but Dallas increased its lead for the first wild card from the Western Conference to three points over Los Angeles. Anaheim remained one point ahead of the Kings for third place in the Pacific Division.

Miller made 35 saves 16 days after shutting out the Stars with 41 saves in Anaheim. Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots for Dallas.

The third-period power plays were the only ones for the Stars in the game. The Kings had killed all 25 of their opponents' man advantages in the previous nine games. Dallas had been successful on only four of 36 power plays (11 percent) over 13 games.

Getzlaf scored at 17:16 of the first period. Rickard Rakell started the play by passing out to Corey Perry at the Ducks' blue line. Going 2-on-1 against Dallas defenseman Greg Pateryn, Perry dropped the puck to Getzlaf entering the Stars' zone. Pateryn went to the ice to block a shot, but Getzlaf lifted a wrist shot over Pateryn and Lehtonen's right shoulder into the upper-left corner of the net.

Anaheim outshot Dallas 10-9 in the first period, but the Stars came out firing in the second. They peppered Miller with 17 shots on goal to just five for the Ducks. Miller stopped all of them.

The Stars finally scored on their first power play of the game. Just 2 seconds were left on a penalty to Perry when Tyler Seguin passed into the slot and Shore deflected the puck into the upper-right corner.

NOTES: The Stars had no healthy scratches. The players sidelined were D Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury), G Ben Bishop (knee) and C Mattias Janmark (illness). Bishop will make Dallas' longest trip of the season and may be able to play before the team returns home on March 23. Dallas C Martin Hanzal will undergo season-ending spinal fusion. ... Getzlaf has two goals and 10 assists in his last five games. ... Rakell played in his 300th NHL game. He celebrated with an assist on Getzlaf's goal, giving him eight goals and 11 assists in a six-game point streak. ... Dallas' penalty killers were 19 for 20 in the previous five games, and 3 for 3 on Friday. ... Seguin assisted on both goals.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Begin a four-game homestand on Monday against St. Louis

Stars: Begin a six-game trip on Sunday at Pittsburgh.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Ready For Critical Games Down The Stretch Of The Season]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:54:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BENN_AND_HITCHCOCK_ON_TEAM_PLAYOFF_PUSH_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1182029891527.jpg

The Dallas Stars start their playoff push. Captain Jamie Benn and Coach Ken Hitchcock talk about the stretch run and how tough it will be to make the playoffs.]]>
<![CDATA[Tyler Seguin Gearing Up For Playoff Run]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:51:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SEGUIN_ON_STARS_AND_LEADERSHIP_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1182015555619.jpg

The Dallas Stars start their playoff push. Center Tyler Seguin talks about playing the rest of the season in playoff mode and how he is growing as a team leader.]]>
<![CDATA[Predators Beat Stars for Franchise-Record 9th Straight Win]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:19:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-98351022.jpg

The Nashville Predators talk about everything and shy away from nothing.

Right now, they have an awful lot to discuss.

Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots, Ryan Hartman scored at 5:33 of the third period and the Predators beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 Tuesday night for their franchise-record ninth straight victory.

The Predators extended the NHL's longest active winning streak. The defending Western Conference champs also lead both the conference and the Central Division by six points, and Nashville topped last season's point total of 94 with 16 games left.

Only Tampa Bay has more points (96), and Nashville has a game in hand on Tampa Bay.

"We talk about putting your name on something," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "Those are all great opportunities for our club to fight for something. I thought they did."

Rinne recorded his seventh shutout this season, tying Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy for most in the NHL. Rinne is 17-1-1 over his last 19 games, and this was the 50th shutout of his career. Rinne said the Predators' stats are pretty remarkable over the last 30 games.

"It's so much fun right now, nine wins in a row," Rinne said. "We're feeling good and the team is fairly healthy and clicking really good right now."

Nick Bonino scored an empty-netter with 13.6 seconds left after Stars defenseman John Klingberg caught a skate on his own net, causing him to trip and lose the puck.

The Stars, currently in the first wild card spot, lost for the second time in as many nights after falling in overtime Monday night.

"We've just going to have to move forward," Klingberg said. "We can't be frustrated. We're still right in the mix there. We've still got the wild card spot. We're just going to have to move on and find a way to score more goals."

Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves for Dallas.

Mike Fisher was in the starting lineup for his first game back in Nashville since being signed on Feb. 26. He received an ovation 10 seconds into the game during a stoppage in play while a catfish was removed from the ice. Fisher went to the box for hooking less than 2 minutes into the game.

The former captain came out of the box, got the puck and fed a pass to Ryan Johansen, who was stopped by Lehtonen.

Kevin Fiala hit a post in the first period, and Ryan Ellis hit the post at the end of a power play in the second. Lehtonen, who replaced goalie Ben Bishop after he left Monday night's overtime loss to Ottawa after the first period, turned away shot after shot. Lehtonen got a helping hand from Mattias Janmark to clear the puck away from the goal line late in the 2nd in the midst of a sustained possession by Nashville.

Hartman broke the scoreless tie with a backhander from the left circle over Lehtonen's right shoulder off a feed from Austin Watson. For Hartman, it was his second goal and first at home since the Predators picked him up from Chicago at the trade deadline last week.

"We knew if we kept playing hard, the goals were going to come," Hartman said. "That one felt good."

Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock took his timeout with 47.6 seconds left and had Lehtonen out for the extra attacker. Klingberg was collecting the puck deep for one last rush when he tripped. Hitchcock said Lehtonen gave the Stars a chance against a deep Nashville team.

"They are a hard team to play against," Hitchcock said.

NOTES: This was Nashville's 10th shutout this season, its most since 2008-09 when Rinne also had seven shutouts. ... Smith played his 500th career game. ... The Predators are outscoring opponents 39-18 during the winning streak. ... The Predators took the season series 3-0-1 against Dallas with points in 11 of the last 12 in the series. ... With Bishop scratched with a lower-body injury, the Stars recalled G Mike McKenna from their AFL affiliate. They also recalled F Roope Hintz, who was scratched.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host Anaheim on Friday night.

Predators: Host the Ducks on Thursday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Karlsson Scores in Overtime, Senators Beat Stars]]>Mon, 05 Mar 2018 23:37:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-stars-generic-01.jpg

Erik Karlsson scored on a breakaway with 2:19 left in overtime and Ottawa Senators beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Monday night.

Karlsson picked up a loose puck after a missed Dallas opportunity and beat goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Stars goalie Ben Bishop left because of a lower-body injury after making 12 saves in the first period. Lehtonen replaced Bishop and had 15 saves.

Ottawa's Craig Anderson made 31 saves.

Dallas' Tyler Seguin scored twice, on the power play in the first period and from the top of the right faceoff circle with 1:02 left in the third period to tie it.

Goals by Mike Hoffman on the power play in the second period and Matt Duchene in the third gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead.

The Stars extended their lead for the first wild card in the Western Conference to three points over Los Angeles.

The Senators are 2-5-1 in their last eight games.

Seguin first scored from the left of the net on a narrow angle. His shot went in off Ottawa defenseman Ben Harpur's skate.

Play was stopped with 11:05 left in the first period after Bishop and Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis fell in a heap in front of the goal. A trainer attended to Bishop, who stayed in the game but didn't return for the second period.

Each team had two power plays in the second, and Ottawa cashed in on its second power play just two seconds before the period ended.

Mark Stone passed from the left faceoff circle across to Hoffman below the edge of the right circle. His shot went off the sprawling Lehtonen's upper left arm and into the net.

The Senators had a 12-8 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, but Dallas came back in the second to outshoot Ottawa 15-8. The closest the Stars came to scoring was with 1:40 left in the second when Anderson made a glove save on a shot by Antoine Roussel.

NOTES: Duchene has 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) in 35 career games vs. Dallas. ... In the last six games, Seguin has seven goals and four assists. ... Ottawa RW Marian Gaborik returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. ... The Senators had killed 13 of 14 penalties in the previous six games. Dallas had been 17 for 18 over five-plus games.

UP NEXT

Senators: Return home to meet Buffalo on Thursday.

Stars: Play at Central Division-leading Nashville on Tuesday. The Predators have won eight straight.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Bishop to Start Game 7 Against Blues]]>Mon, 06 May 2019 18:24:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Stars+practice+050619.jpg

The Dallas Stars will have their starting goaltender between the pipes in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday night against the Blues.

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