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Stars might need all-hands-on-deck effort to take down Blues

Dallas must find the right balance between team and exceptional individual performances in Game 2

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- We have learned in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs that one or two plays can change a game, and consequently, a series.

That's what happened Thursday at Enterprise Arena. The St. Louis Blues received a couple of huge goals from their top scorer Vladimir Tarasenko and a few saves from their rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, and that was enough to secure a 3-2 win in Game 1 of their best-of-seven, second-round series with the Stars.

It was that simple.

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5 things to know: Stars fall to Blues in Game 1

Dallas' third-period push comes up short despite a late goal from Benn as St. Louis grabs the early series lead

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars fall to Blues in Game 1

DAL Recap: Spezza, Benn score in Game 1 loss to Blues

Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn each scored a goal, but the Stars fell in Game 1 to the Blues, 3-2

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The Dallas Stars didn't get the start they were hoping against the St. Louis Blues, falling 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series Thursday night at Enterprise Center.

The Stars fell behind early, were able to tie the game in the second period, but two goals by Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko gave St. Louis a 3-1 lead the Stars couldn't overcome.

Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn scored goals for Dallas, and Ben Bishop stopped 20 shots.

Game 2 is Saturday afternoon in St. Louis.

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

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Stars looking for 'full-team effort' to steal Game 1

Benn says Dallas expects another physical challenge from St. Louis in its second-round series

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are down to eight teams. One of the battles to make it to the final four gets underway tonight when the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues drop the puck in Game 1 of their second-round series at Enterprise Center (8:30 p.m. CT; NBCSN; WBAP 820-AM).

This year's playoffs have already made history with all four division winners getting bounced in the first round for the first time ever. Overall, five of eight lower seeds advanced in the first round. Among them were the Stars, who defeated Central Division-champion Nashville, and the Blues, who defeated higher-seeded Winnipeg.

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Stars' disciplined play without puck all about details

Instilled as a basic philosophy during training camp, the team's identity is paying off seven months later

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The lessons of Boise have turned out to be pretty important to this team.

When the Stars opened training camp under new head coach Jim Montgomery in September, there were plenty of learning moments. The former University of Denver bench boss in his first few workouts with his NHL team focused on some pretty simple things like keeping your skates pointed in the right direction, taking direct paths on the forecheck to go through bodies and not around, and supporting your linemates with disciplined play.

It was a basic start, but it made sense to the players who were seeing their third head coach in three seasons.

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Stars announce game times, broadcast schedule for Round 2

Dallas begins its series against St. Louis with Game 1 on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

by Press Release @DallasStars / Dallas Stars Communications

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars announced today the broadcast schedule for the Second Round of the 2019 Playoffs, which begins Thursday, April 25. The 2019 Playoffs at American Airlines Center are presented by 7-Eleven, Sandman Signature Plano - Frisco Hotel and City Credit Union.

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What you need to know about Stars' second-round matchup with Blues

Among playoff teams in the West, Dallas and St. Louis were the two best following the All-Star break

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Round 2: Dallas Stars (WC1) vs. St. Louis Blues (C3)

First Round: Dallas defeated Nashville, 4-2; St. Louis defeated Winnipeg, 4-2

Dallas: 43-32-7-93 points, first wild card in Western Conference

St. Louis: 45-28-9-99 points, third in Central Division

Season Series: Dallas: 3-1-0; St. Louis 1-3-0

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Stars eager for 'fresh opportunity' against Blues in second round

Dallas enters the series looking to advance to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2008

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

With their first-round playoff series win over Nashville behind them, the Dallas Stars now turn their attention to trying to accomplish something the organization hasn't done in more than a decade -- winning a second-round series.

Standing in their way are the St. Louis Blues, who knocked off Winnipeg in Round 1.

The Stars begin their quest Thursday when they take on the Blues in Game 1 of Round 2 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis (8:30 p.m. CT; NBCSN; WBAP 820-AM).

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Stars at Blues: Game 1 time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Find out when and how to catch Dallas' second-round opener against St. Louis on TV, radio and streaming online

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

What you should know about Thursday's Game 1 of the second-round series between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues:

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Stars announce change to radio broadcast schedule

Thursday's Game 1 against St. Louis will be heard on WBAP 820-AM with pre-game beginning at 8 p.m.

by Press Release @DallasStars / Dallas Stars Communications

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars announced today that a change has been made to the team's broadcast schedule that will affect the radio broadcast of Game 1 of the 2019 Western Conference Second Round vs. St. Louis.

The radio broadcast will now be heard on WBAP 820-AM with pre-game beginning at 8 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to air on Sportsradio 1310/96.7 FM The Ticket.

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'Business trip': Bishop hopes to spoil playoff party for hometown Blues

The Stars goaltender is a St. Louis boy who once rooted against Dallas in the postseason - but not for the next two weeks

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

It was a fond memory for young Ben Bishop.

A lifelong St. Louis sports fan, he remembers being back at the formerly named Savvis Center for a second-round playoff series in 2001. It was a huge moment for Blues fans as the home team was about to sweep the Dallas Stars and move on to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 15 seasons.

The Stars had won the Cup in 1999 and went back to the Final in 2000, so they were pretty much hated. And the goaltending battle was a great one, as Blues backstop Roman Turek was beating his old teammate, Ed Belfour.

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