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Dallas Stars Daily Links: One Game At A Time

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The most important back-to-back in Stars history starts with one victory, tonight. Plus, players speak out about life in the pandemic bubble, weighing the Patric Hornqvist trade, and more.

2020 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Dallas Stars aren’t having a win-or-go-home moment. Think of it as a win-or-go-home sequence.

Dealing with back-to-back Stanley Cup Final games on Friday and Saturday will be a test, and possibly an opportunity. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika talked with players and coaches to get some insight on how they’re approaching it:

“We’re worried about tomorrow. Saturday will take care of itself,” Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said after his team lost a 5-2 game on Wednesday to get behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. “We’re going to do everything we can to win that game tomorrow. We do not want to fall down 3-1, so Saturday is the least of our concerns.”...

“We’re here because of a committee, because of team play. It hasn’t been focused on one line or one guy,” Bowness said. “Do we need more from the top guys? Every team does. So we’re hoping that’s coming, but until it does and if it does, then we’re going to keep battling and we’re going to stay in games and give ourselves a good chance to win based on team play and everyone contributing at different times. That’s why we’re here.”

He also examined what’s worked, and how it worked against them on Wednesday:

The runs for the Stars have been key. They often will string together two or three goals in five or six minutes, and that’s broken the will of the opposition on a few occasions. On Wednesday, it was the Stars’ will that was broken when Tampa Bay tallied three goals in the second period.

Pavelski said the Stars have to be better at slowing down the opposition.

“When they’re going against you, it’s up to the guys to really take a deep breath and turn it back. Have a forecheck shift and get some O-zone time,” he said.

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


Stars Stuff

Is Ben Bishop ready to step back in? The Stars’ policy of not starting the same goalie in back-to-backs is about to be put to the test.

John Klingberg sounds really sure. Be like John Klingberg.

Around The League(s)

As it turns out, hockey fans are really excited about two straight days of high-stakes play.

It looks like the Patric Hornqvist trade needed the sweetener of former Star Colton Sceviour to go through. So who came out on top – the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Florida Panthers?

The thing about bubble life is that you’re living in a bubble. NHL players talk about what it’s like.

Greetings From Beautiful Boise

You may be most familiar with Derek Laxdal as the head coach of the Texas Stars – but the Idaho Steelheads want you to know what he means to them, too.

Finally

No pressure, Stars. Enjoy.