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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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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 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 /

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, fans celebrate magical series win years in making

Dallas advances on home ice for the first time since 2008, giving the American Airlines Center faithful a night to cherish

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

It was hard to tell when Tyler Seguin leaped higher -- in hopes of setting a screen in front of John Klingberg's overtime shot … or when he leaped into the arms of Klingberg after the shot went in.

It was an emotional moment a long time in the making for the Stars.

Dallas beat the Nashville Predators, 2-1, at 17:02 of overtime Monday to clinch a first-round playoff series win in six games. It was only the second playoff series victory in 11 seasons for the Stars. It was their first clinching game at American Airlines Center since 2008.

It was magical.

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Moving on: Klingberg lifts Stars past Predators in OT to advance

The defenseman notches the winning goal, ending the series and setting up a meeting with St. Louis in Round 2

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Klingberg wins it in OT for Stars

NSH@DAL, Gm6: Klingberg scores in OT for series win

R1, Gm6: John Klingberg collects the puck in the circle and wires a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne for the series-clinching goal in overtime

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The Dallas Stars are headed to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

John Klingberg scored with 2:58 left in overtime as the Stars advanced with a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series at American Airlines Center Monday night.

Blake Comeau also scored for the Stars and Ben Bishop stopped 47 shots.

The Stars will face the St. Louis Blues in the second round. That series schedule will be announced at a later date.

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

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What they're saying: Stars give thoughts on series-clinching OT win

Montgomery, Seguin, Klingberg and others discuss advancing to the second round following a wild Game 6 victory

by Staff Report @DallasStars /
Stars head coach Jim Montgomery

Video: Montgomery impressed with the young guns in Game 6 win

On how he's feeling after the victory:

"I feel great, there's nothing like it. I think [Tyler Seguin] said it the best, 'wow, is this ever fun.' You have to give Nashville credit, they gave it to us in the first period. We slowly, in the second period, third period and overtime, got better and better. It wasn't easy because they played really well. I give credit to our leaders and everybody in there. We just keep getting better and that's not easy to do when a team is playing really well like Nashville did tonight."


On his emotions in the third period and overtime:

"When you're behind the bench, you're in the moment. I'm just wanting to make sure I have my next line up and worrying about anything that may arise that I have control of. I don't have any control of them making great plays like they did."

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Focused Stars eager to close out Predators in Game 6

Dallas hopes to eliminate Nashville at home to win its first playoff series since 2016

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars will look to close out their first-round playoff series and advance to Round 2 when they take on the Nashville Predators in Game 6 tonight (7:30 p.m. CT; FS-SW, CNBC; KTCK 1310-AM, 96.7-FM) at American Airlines Center.

The Stars, who lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2, are looking for their first playoff series win since 2016 when they knocked off Minnesota in Round 1.

The Stars have won the last two games of the series, including a 5-3 victory in Saturday's Game 5 in Nashville, to put themselves in position to win the series tonight.

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