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Stars goaltender Ben Bishop named finalist for Vezina Trophy

The 32-year-old set new career marks with a .934 save percentage, 1.98 GAA and seven shutouts in 2018-19

by Press Release @DallasStars /

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop was named one of the three finalists for the 2018-19 Vezina Trophy, awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced today. The general managers of the NHL's 31 clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone on Wednesday, June 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

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Montgomery's plan for Stars coming together at right time

Formulated last summer, the philosophy of the first-year coach is proving helpful as postseason pressure increases

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When we sat down in the summer before he even coached in one practice, Stars coach Jim Montgomery laid out his philosophy, and it was indeed intriguing.

Montgomery said he wanted everyone to offer ideas -- from the assistant coaches to the players to the video staff -- but that the ultimate decision was his. He said he wanted to be surrounded by smart people, smarter than himself even, but that in the end one person had to have the final say.

"I know that if we're only relying on my ideas, we'll become predictable and we simply won't be the best team we can be," Montgomery said before the season. "I respect other people's ideas and I want to use the best ideas. I want to be the best team, and I think you need to look outside of yourself to do that."

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Perfect 10: Penalty kill a boon for Stars entering Game 5

Special teams play has been key in this series, and Dallas' PK is unblemished through four games

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Special teams play was expected to be key in the first-round playoff series between the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators, and it has.

It was huge in the Stars' 5-1 victory Wednesday in Game 4 that tied the series 2-2 with Dallas scoring three times on the power play in the first period.

A power-play goal also was key in the Stars' 3-2 win in Game 1. Both teams scored twice at even strength, and the Stars were 1-for-3 with the man-advantage while the Predators went 0-for-4. But the Dallas power play misfired in Games 2 and 3, failing on 10 chances as the Stars lost both games.

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Stars 'a confident group' heading into Game 5 vs. Preds

Dallas is comfortable playing in Nashville, where it's had success in both the regular season and playoffs

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

It's off to Nashville for the Dallas Stars who will take on the Predators in a crucial Game 5 of their first-round playoff series Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena (2 p.m. CT; NBC; KTCK 1310-AM, 96.7-FM).

The Stars are coming off a big 5-1 win Wednesday in Game 4 that tied the series 2-2.

"I think we are a confident group," said Stars goaltender Ben Bishop. "All series long, nothing changes. You don't want to get too high or too low. [Game 4] was a big win, but you want to hit the reset button and get ready for a tough game."

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FOX Sports Southwest Plus to carry Stars LIVE postgame following Game 5

Saturday's game will be televised exclusively on NBC and heard locally on 1310-AM and 96.7-FM The Ticket

by Press Release @FOXSportsSW / FOX Sports Southwest

DALLAS -- FOX Sports Southwest's coverage of the Dallas Stars' first round playoff series with the Nashville Predators will continue on Saturday, April 20, with Stars LIVE Playoffs Edition on FOX Sports Southwest Plus immediately following Game 5.

Saturday's Stars vs. Predators game in Nashville will be televised nationally on NBC at 2:00 p.m. CT.

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Stars at Predators: Game 5 time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Find out when and how to catch Dallas against Nashville on TV, radio and streaming online

by Staff Report @DallasStars /

What you should know about Saturday afternoon's Game 5 between the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena:

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Under-the-radar Lindell exemplifying Stars' defense with effective play

A month shy of his 25th birthday, the fun-loving blueliner is quietly 'becoming the man' for Dallas

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

There has been much talk in the Stars' first-round playoff series against Nashville that the Predators have one of the best group of defensemen in the NHL.

And when you consider that P.K. Subban has won the Norris Trophy and twice been named a first-team NHL All-Star, and that captain Roman Josi has twice represented the Predators in the NHL All-Star Game, or that unsung Ryan Ellis was the 11th overall pick in 2009 and just signed an eight-year contract extension for $50 million, well, there's a lot to like there.

But as the Stars have tried to show their defensive moxie in a best-of-seven series that's now tied at two games apiece, their trio of blueliners also has looked good.

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Roope's rise: Rookie continues to prove he belongs with statement game

The center drives the Stars' offense, potting a pair of goals in a lopsided Game 4 whipping of Nashville to even the series

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Roope Hintz won just one of 14 faceoffs in Game 2 of the Stars' first-round playoff series with the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

He came back to Dallas, worked with assistant coach Stu Barnes and then went 15-for-29 in his next two games.

"I think I was unlucky in some ways, and not as good in some ways," Hintz said when asked about the tough night in the circle. "But then you come back and work hard and you fix it. That's just what you do."

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5 things to know: Stars strike early, often to cruise past Preds

Dallas uses three power-play goals to fuel a first-period onslaught, knotting the series at two games apiece

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

It's now a best-of-three series.

The Dallas Stars power play came to life Wednesday night at American Airlines Center, scoring three times in a four-goal first period to fuel a 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators to even their first-round playoff series at 2-2. Game 5 is Saturday afternoon in Nashville.

Roope Hintz scored two goals, and Alexander Radulov, Andrew Cogliano, and Mats Zuccarello also scored. John Klingberg recorded three assists, and Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots.

Here are five things to know from Wednesday's game.

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What they're saying: Stars discuss Game 4 rout of Predators

Montgomery, Bishop, Klingberg and Hintz break down Dallas' 5-1 victory to even the first-round series

by Staff Report @DallasStars /
Stars head coach Jim Montgomery

Video: 'Nice to get the series back even'

On tonight's game:

"We just want to keep getting better. I knew Bish (Ben Bishop) was going to bounce back and it was nice to see the power play do it in such a dominant fashion. It's nice to get the series back even."


On the Stars' power play:

"I thought it was the puck movement, convergence on the net and retrieving pucks afterwards. I thought we outworked their penalty kill."

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