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.
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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.
If Ben Bishop is truly fit, he should start Game 4 for the Stars https://t.co/TI5pdcv9pt— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) September 25, 2020
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.
The thing about bubble life is that you’re living in a bubble. NHL players talk about what it’s like.
Nine NHL players anonymously tell ESPN everything about living inside the playoff bubbles. What they liked. What they hated. Sex, drugs and the “prison yard.” This is awesome: https://t.co/M6fmrGQBjH— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 22, 2020
Greetings From Beautiful Boise
No pressure, Stars. Enjoy.