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Texas Stars split first two games of opening-round playoff series

Texas gives up home-ice advantage, but will try to get it back as the series shifts to Ontario, Calif.

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- The Texas Stars made a strong, late-season push to secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, but they surrendered it after splitting the first two games of their series against Ontario in Cedar Park.

The Stars won the series opener, which was a back-and-forth affair, 4-3, in overtime Thursday night. But Ontario pushed back in Game 2 on Friday, the Stars couldn't cash in on their chances, and the Reign tied the series 1-1 with a 5-1 win.

The Pacific Division Semifinal series, which is a best-of-five, now shifts to California for Games 3 and 4.

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Strong finish pushes Texas Stars to second place in Pacific Division

Dallas' AHL affiliate secures home-ice advantage, opens playoffs vs. Ontario on Thursday

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars picked up five of six points in the final week of the regular season to finish in second place in the AHL's Pacific Division and secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Stars picked up points in 11 of their final 13 games (6-2-5) and finished with a 38-24-14 record, climbing up from a battle for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division to that second-place finish.

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Prospect Report: Caamano, Robertson to square off in OHL playoffs

The Stars' forward prospects advance to the Eastern Conference Championship Series

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars forward prospects Nick Caamano and Jason Robertson will square off in the Ontario Hockey League's Eastern Conference Championship Series, which gets underway later this week.

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As Hitchcock retires, Stars' search for new head coach begins

General manager Jim Nill says he will look at all options for a new Dallas bench boss

by Mark Stepneski @OvertimeScottB / Inside Edge

Ken Hitchcock's second stint as head coach of the Dallas Stars turned out to be a short one. Hitchcock announced Friday that he is retiring from coaching after one year back behind the bench in Dallas.

"The game of hockey has been my entire life and I could never repay what the game did for me and all the wonderful people I met in my career," Hitchcock said in a letter announcing his retirement. "I would like to thank everyone for their support and friendship over the years. I have contemplated this since our last game and I came to the conclusion that now is the right time to step away and let the younger generation of coaches take over."

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'I will forever be grateful'

Ken Hitchcock announces retirement from coaching in National Hockey League

by Ken Hitchcock / DallasStars.com

I would like to announce I am officially retiring from active coaching in the National Hockey League. The game of hockey has been my entire life and I could never repay what the game did for me and all the wonderful people I got to meet in my career. I would like to thank everyone for their friendship and support over the years. I have contemplated this since our last game and I came to the conclusion that now is the right time to step away and let the younger generation of coaches take over.

I would personally like to thank the Gaglardi family for the opportunity to return to Dallas and coach the Stars this past season. To finish my head coaching career where it all started and where we proudly hoisted the Stanley Cup for this great city, I will forever be grateful.

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Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock announces retirement

Hitchcock, who led Dallas to its first Stanley Cup championship in 1999, will remain with the organization as a consultant

by Dallas Stars Staff @DallasStars / Press Release

Dallas Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock announced today his retirement from coaching in the National Hockey League (NHL) after 22 seasons as a head coach. Hitchcock will remain with the Stars as a consultant. 

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Burnside: Entering offseason, what's next for Stars?

Dallas faces several question marks as it turns the page and looks toward 2018-19

by Scott Burnside @OvertimeScottB / DallasStars.com

The National Hockey League is filled with stories of teams that are able to put disastrous campaigns behind them and quickly move forward.

Colorado did so this season. The New Jersey Devils are a pleasant surprise this season after getting the No. 1 pick in last June's draft. Philadelphia had the No. 2 pick, one ahead of Dallas, and is in the postseason.

But there are also teams where losing becomes a kind of way of life.

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AHL Report: Texas Stars punch ticket to Calder Cup Playoffs

Dallas' top development affiliate is headed to the postseason for the seventh time in its nine-year history

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars are headed to the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs. The Stars rallied for a 4-3 win over Rockford Saturday to punch their ticket to the postseason for the seventh time in their nine-season history.

The Stars secured the spot by picking up four of six points last week, going 1-0-2 and pushing their points streak to four games (2-0-2).

"Our guys earned it," Texas coach Derek Laxdal told reporters. "Twenty-six overtime games in the regular season, grinding out points on the road and some big road trips. To clinch it with three games left and take a little bit of pressure off the group is outstanding. It says a lot about the guys we have.

"Give our guys a lot of credit; it's been a long year. Now, we are in the dance, and we want to move forward."

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Stars reassign left wing Remi Elie to Texas

The 22-year-old recorded 14 points in 72 games played for Dallas this season

by Dallas Stars Staff @DallasStars / Press Release

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned left wing Remi Elie to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

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Stars notebook: Nill talks contract extension with Seguin

The Dallas GM is confident he can get a deal done with the All-Star center

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars held a team meeting in Frisco on Monday morning and then met with the media one final time as they head into the offseason and begin sorting through what went wrong in 2017-18.

It was a season that started with high expectations and ended in disappointment with the Stars missing the playoffs for a second straight year.

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