Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Go For Game 7 Victory Tonight in St. Louis

What do we say to the God of Death? Plus, the Colorado Avalanche reaches for Maximum Chaos, Charlie McAvoy draws fire, and more.

Closing out a series on the road may not be the preferred scenario for any team. But that’s what the Dallas Stars plan to do with the St. Louis Blues, and they sound confident about taking on the challenge.

And the Victory Green gang has been pretty golden on the road during the playoffs this year. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika talked with the players about their approach:

“I think the road is a perfect spot for us to play,” said Stars winger Andrew Cogliano. “I think we’re more confident in how we’ve been on the road all playoffs, I think we’re going to simplify our game and we’re going to play a game that, like I said, has got us here in the first place. And if we do that, we’re going to have a strong game and a chance to win.”

Head coach Jim Montgomery wants his team to fulfill its identity, one more time:

“I think it is going to be the same thing we’ve been talking about since the All-Star break - It’s play to our identity, have the right attitude, a relentless style of play,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “And also it’s a Game 7 of the playoffs, let’s go embrace this. This is what legends are made of, so go out there and play your game, fulfill it, and help us win a hockey game.”

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

Bonus motivation: The NHL.com brain trust favors the Blues. Here’s a perfect chance to flip their table over. [NHL]

Stars Stuff: Second Round Edition

Look who’s healthy for tonight’s puck drop. (That’s 7 p.m. CDT, in case you still need to set your oven timer to remind you.)

Mark Stepneski has the #BishMode update here.

The boys are ready (for their close-up).

Sean Shapiro examines Mats Zuccarello’s growing Dallas stardom in his latest Shap Shots.

Around The League(s): Postseason Edition

The Boston Bruins will play the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals. Tuukka Rask shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 last night to win the series in six.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche is shooting for Maximum Chaos. Gabriel Landeskog netted the OT game-winner as they forced Game 7 on the San Jose Sharks with a 4-3 win.

Will Charlie McAvoy sit out the beginning of the conference finals? He could draw supplemental discipline for a check to the head of Josh Anderson during last night’s game.

Kevin Allen has more.

Blue Jackets bench boss John Tortorella, predictably, brought the salt.


Greetings From Beautiful Boise

The Idaho Steelheads’ second-round comeback fell short with a 3-1 loss to the Tulsa Oilers (St. Louis Blues) on Sunday.


Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News wins at life – or at least the Stanley Cup playoffs. Enjoy.