Stars still facing tough goaltending questions with no starter named for Game 3

Barring an unexpectedly strong run of play by either Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi, it was a virtual certainty that the Dallas Stars would at the very least use both goaltenders at some point during the playoffs. In Round One, it took three games for Lehtonen to relinquish the starting duties to Niemi, but Round Two might see Niemi slide into the starting job after only two games...
Via The Hockey News
1 hour ago

Stars' Tyler Seguin takes significant step toward return to game action

Click here if on a mobile device.Stars forward Tyler Seguin is on the ice Monday, according to Chris Hanks of KDFW-TV. See his photo below.That's a big boost for his chances of returning to playoff action. Friday, general manager Jim Nill said Seguin would not be able to play until four to five days after he starts skating.Seguin suffered a partially sliced Achilles on March 17...
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4 hours ago

3 Stars of the Night: May 1

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the yearrrrrrrr! Who doesn’t love playoff hockey right? This is what we wait all season for, this is why most of us became fans of the game, as the postseason captivates us year after year after year. My personal favorite part is the dying minutes of a one-goal game when everything is a scramble, bodies are diving everywhere, pucks are zipping...
Via The Hockey Writers
9 hours ago

How Antti Niemi's relief appearance nearly turned Stars game around: 'It really wasn't (Lehtonen's) night'

Antti Niemi was walking back to the locker room after the first intermission of the Stars' 4-3 overtime loss to the Blues when Stars coach Lindy Ruff gave him the news.The Stars trailed 3-1 at that point. Kari Lehtonen had allowed three goals on five shots. Niemi was going in."It really wasn't (Lehtonen's) night," Ruff said after the game. "I felt that he was off."Thirty-five seconds...
Via SportsDay
20 hours ago

Roussel’s penalties prove costly as Stars drop Game 2 to Blues

There’s an old adage in hockey that states stupid penalties are harder to kill off. Antoine Roussel and the Dallas Stars learned that the hard way on Sunday. The St. Louis Blues scored twice in the game on separate unwise Roussel penalties, including when captain David Backes found the back of the net 10:58 into overtime. The 4-3 loss in Game 2 allowed the Blues to even the Western...
Via The Hockey News
21 hours ago

He said it: Lindy Ruff on pulling Lehtonen, Eakin's rise and the Stars' penalties

On Roussel taking two penalties leading to two Blues power-play goals"They're a good special-teams club. They got some skill. That second one was tough, he was trying to stay onside. It doesn't matter whether I like the call or don't like the call, I thought [Faksa], we looked like we were going to get an odd-numbered rush and they got a couple hooks on him just before going through...
Via SportsDay
21 hours ago

11 Reasons Why the Dallas Stars Will Win the Cup

After Friday night’s 2-1 Dallas Stars victory over the Blues, they are now 11 wins away from hockey immortality. Therefore, I thought it would be fitting to review 11 different reasons why the Cup will come back to Dallas. Dallas Stars Reasons 1-4 1.) Depth, depth and more depth. While the Dallas Stars might lack a Drew Doughty or Duncan Keith type defenseman, they do have...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Blues need improved effort to even series with Stars

Scoring depth and dependable goaltending are believed to be the Dallas Stars' biggest obstacles to a Stanley Cup run.They showed they're capable of both in Game 1 of their second-round series with the St. Louis Blues.As Dallas tries to build off a strong all-around performance, the Blues know they'll need an improved effort Sunday to draw even.The Stars dictated play throughout much...
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NHL Playoff Capsules

DALLAS (AP) Radek Faksa scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the other Dallas goal to help the Stars open the second round of the Western Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. Like Antoine Roussel did on his second-period goal on which Faksa had an assist, Faksa started the rush that led to his...
Via Associated Press
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Faksa has goal and assist, Stars beat Blues 2-1 in Game 1

DALLAS (AP) Radek Faksa scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the other Dallas goal to help the Stars open the second round of the Western Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victiry over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. Like Antoine Roussel did on his second-period goal on which Faksa had an assist, Faksa started the rush that led to his...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Alexander Steen’s deep analysis of the Dallas Stars’ netminders

The Dallas Stars are a team with a decision to make when it comes to who starts in goal against the St. Louis Blues in the second round. After deploying both Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi throughout the 2015-16 regular season, the team has given Lehtonen the majority of the work in the playoffs (four out of six starts) with positive results (3-1 record). Still, Niemi has remained...
Via Frozen Notes
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues-Stars reunites (now) friendly foes

FRISCO, Texas -- The irony is not lost on Lindy Ruff as his Dallas Stars prepare for their second-round playoff series against Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues.These coaches have a much different relationship after two Olympic gold medals together with Team Canada."I learned a lot, learned actually at the end to like him," Ruff said, acknowledging the two had some philosophical...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Blues vs. Stars

VitalsDallas: 50-23-9 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1St. Louis: 49-24-9 regular season, 4-3-0 in seven games played in Round 1Season SeriesSt. Louis won four in the five-game regular-season series, including two victories in overtime and one in the shootout.Playoff HistoryDallas and St. Louis last met in the second round of the playoffs in 2001. The Blues completed...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars: Survive and advance

It took a third period that lasted eight years for the Stars, but they are on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2008. Through two periods in St. Paul the Dallas Stars held what felt like an insurmountable 4-0 lead, then the Wild flipped a switch. Antoine Roussel took an offensive zone penalty and the Wild capitalized 3:48 into the third. Just...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars: Games 1-5 quick recap

It took until game 5 but the Dallas Stars top line defense made their 2016 playoff debut. The Dallas Stars had the opportunity to wrap up their first round series against the Minnesota Wild in game 5 at home on Friday. The Stars failed to do so falling to the Wild 5-4 in overtime and forcing a game 6 Sunday afternoon in St. Paul. The Stars had no trouble taking care of business in...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild finally score in 2-1 loss in Game 2 against Stars, down 2-0 in series

DALLAS, TX – APRIL 14: Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars makes a save against the Minnesota Wild in the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 14, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) After Thursday night, I don’t know if I’ll be able to stomach...
Via State of Hockey News
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild: Playoff Hopes are in the Hands of the Goalies

82 regular season games are in the books, and it's time for everyone's favorite part of the season: the playoffs. The Dallas Stars will take on the Minnesota Wild, in what is undoubtedly one of the strangest first round matchups in the Western Conference. Dallas finished the season first overall in the Western Conference, while Minnesota earned the second Wild Card spot after...
Via The Sports Quotient
18 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason opening round quick hits: Stars vs. Wild

VitalsDallas: (50-23-9) 1st in Central DivisionMinnesota: (38-33-11) 5th in Central DivisionSeason SeriesDallas took four of the five games played against Minnesota this season, although three of them came in overtime.Looking at the is suggesting that the season series between the Stars and Wild isn’t the best way to gauge how they’ll match up in Round 1, given...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

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