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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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Not every come-from-behind rally can succeed. Plus, more on the Arizona Coyotes’ scouting trouble, five RFAs who have earned a raise, and more.

Colorado Avalanche v Dallas Stars - Game Three Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

The Dallas Stars were up, then down, then up again last night – but this time, they were the ones who couldn’t hold a lead in the end.

The Victory Green Gang took their first Round 2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche last night. That in itself could be considered an accomplishment, considering how heavily favored the Avs were coming into the series. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika is here with the postgame interviews that put it in context:

“Listen, there’s no chance we thought we were going to sweep this hockey club,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said of the second seed in the Western Conference. “That’s a very good team over there. We knew it was probably going to be a six- or seven-game series. We’re not going to dominate that hockey club, they’re too good, they’re too talented. There’s not much separating these two teams and the game tonight shows it. “

Meanwhile, the Stars have shown that they know how to win games like these, and Bowness vows they will do it again:

“Stuff happens in the game of hockey,” Bowness said. “That fourth goal of their’s, we have control of the puck and we fall down. They make a great play, that’s hockey. There’s things out there that we can’t control. They made a good play and they made us pay.”...

“We gave them a couple of goals in the second period, which is a little upsetting - a couple of easy goals. So we can fix that,” Bowness said. “If it takes six or seven games, that’s what it takes. We’ll respond. We responded when we were down 3-1, we’ve responded all year to challenges like we faced tonight, and I’m confident in that room in our leadership and character of our players, and their desire to win. And I’m very confident we’ll respond next game.”

There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]


Stars Stuff

Sean Shapiro didn’t post a 20/20 last night. It appears no one was in the mood anyway.

He did have more important things to write about, including this.

Meanwhile, the lady from The Ticket speaks for all of us.

Around the League(s)

Semyon Varlamov shut out the Philadelphia Flyers for 138 minutes and 17 seconds, then last night happened. The New York Islanders took their first Round 2 loss 4-3 in overtime.

The Arizona Coyotes messed up in a big way, and now they have to pay for it. Here’s more on the scouting violations and what they will cost.

Spoiler alert: Denis Gurianov is gonna get paid.

Finally

The troublemakers always sit together. Enjoy.