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Khudobin leading Stars to Cup Final discussed on NHL @TheRink podcast

Eastern Final between Lightning, Islanders also debated by Gulitti, Rosen, Roarke

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Marty Turco is having a blast watching the Dallas Stars and their goalie, Anton Khudobin, in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Turco, the former Stars goalie and the president of the Dallas Stars Alumni Foundation, joined co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke on the NHL @TheRink podcast Wednesday.

The Stars have reached the Stanley Cup Final and are waiting to find out if they'll play the Tampa Bay Lightning or New York Islanders. Khudobin is 12-6-0 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in the postseason and has won eight straight starts when making at least 30 saves.

"If we go win this thing, man, he's such a great interview," Turco said. "That doesn't make a good goalie, but he's a consummate professional, he's fun and funny, and he works so darn hard, man. He really does. ... As the president of the foundation I get to go on stage and raise money, and if I had to hand pick one person to help me just kick things off. [Stars center Tyler Seguin] brings in some dollars, I'm not going to lie, but [Khudobin] brings entertainment all the time."

Turco, who lives in the Dallas suburb of University Park, also spoke about the impact Stars coach Rick Bowness has made on the team since taking over for Jim Montgomery on Dec. 10.

"When we brought him on board as an assistant coach [in 2018] and he walked in, it was like we were friends," Turco said. "Not having played for him, just seeing him around whether it was at All-Star Games or camps or other functions over the years, you always knew you liked Rick Bowness, you just might not know him. That was the same feeling I had. 

"I was asked recently about the amazing work he's done. This is not work to [Bowness], man. This is not work to him. He wakes up every day, excited. He knows what he wants to do. He's not playing games with anybody. He's in a good mood, he's smiling, and he's been doing it a long time. Now it's well-documented. If you're not cheering for this guy, something is probably wrong with you."

In addition, Tom Gulitti, NHL.com's Washington-based staff writer, joined the podcast to discuss the Washington Capitals decision to hire Peter Laviolette as their new coach.

Gulitti, Rosen and Roarke also analyzed the Eastern Conference Final after the New York Islanders stayed alive by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in double overtime in Game 5 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday.

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Edmonton, the hub city for the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final, on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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