Dallas Stars fans provided an electric atmosphere, but in the end, the wrong goalie stole a game.
The Nashville Predators took their first Round 1 series lead with a 3-2 win in American Airlines Center last night, and it was largely down to Pekka Rinne winning the goaltending battle. Sean Shapiro of The Athletic DFW examines the game, which ended up as a rare bad night for Ben Bishop:
Among the three goals allowed, Bishop should have saved two of them. He didn’t look like himself on the third, getting beaten going right to left, a situation he’s typically been equal to in this series....
Bishop is one of the biggest reasons the Stars are even at this point. They would be down 3-0 in the series without his efforts in Game 1. And they wouldn’t have reached the playoffs without his play.
But in the first home playoff game in three years, the one where the rest of the DFW media finally shows up, he’s going to be blamed in many of the stories you’ll read (or look past) Tuesday morning.
But once again, Bishop could have used more goal support. Once again, the Stars failed to convert some quality opportunities on the power play, and once again, it cost them:
“We could’ve had better chances,” John Klingberg said. “I think we were stressing out a little bit. The confidence right now isn’t there. But that’s something we have to build on and get better at. We’re going to assess it on video and move on from it.”
If the Stars scored on the power play they could have won. Just like Game 2.
There’s much more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Bish had the rare game to forget last night – and he plans to do that straight away.
Sean Shapiro and Owen Newkirk agree: These games really need to start earlier, if only so they’re not doing CarCast after 1 a.m.
Quick update on today’s practice:
Stars will practice at AAC Tuesday, so it is closed to public.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) April 16, 2019
I wonder if Tyler Seguin will change up his pregame routine....
Jamie Benn’s playoffs routine seems to be just fine, though.
Jamie Benn has 23 points in 22 career playoff games.— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) April 16, 2019
I believe this is what The Kids™ call a “mood.”
dallas stars drinking game: every time jason dickinson gets hit in the face, take a shot— Tom Dorsa (@bytomdorsa) April 16, 2019
every fan dies before period two begins
So did Peter Laviolette – a guy who regularly sits through a rain of dead catfish without so much as a peep – overreact to a Stars fan chirping Austin Watson? From the team:
Statement released by Stars on the fan ejected during Game 3 next to the penalty box: pic.twitter.com/vWVxkVHTRs— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 16, 2019
Whatever the game’s outcome, most of Dallas just wants Dirk Nowitzki to be happy, wherever he is.
Around The League(s): Playoffs Edition
- Cale Makar scored his first career goal on his first career shot, and the Colorado Avalanche lead the series with a convincing 6-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. [Mile High Hockey]
- The Carolina Hurricanes came back with a wallop, whipping the Washington Capitals 5-0 in their first home playoff game in a decade. [Canes Country]
- And the Toronto Maple Leafs regained the Round 1 series lead after grinding out a win over the Boston Bruins, 3-2. [Pension Plan Puppets]
What was that about the refs swallowing their whistles during the Stanley Cup playoffs? Maybe they just sent them all to Denver.
A Total of 76 Penalty Minutes in Denver tonight...50 by the Flames.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 16, 2019
Rocky Mountain Series getting Serious#StanleyCupPlayoffs
Do the Tampa Bay Lightning have a history-making comeback in the works? They’ll need one.
For just the 5th time in NHL history, the team that led the NHL in points in the regular season is down 3-0 in its opening playoff series. None of the previous four came back to win the series. (per Elias) pic.twitter.com/02HSAqfC0F— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 15, 2019
Not all of yesterday’s big news happened on the ice. Alain Vigneault is on his way to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Meanwhile, Nazem Kadri will be watching the rest of Round 1 from the press box.
Toronto’s Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the remainder of the First Round for Cross-checking Boston’s Jake DeBrusk. https://t.co/doqkyMVrLS— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 15, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Forward Brad McClure, who impressed during his call-up, is heading back to Boise for the postseason.
The Captain isn’t much for interviews, but he can be pretty entertaining when the question comes out of left field. Enjoy.