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Bowness: 'I still have the passion to coach' following Stanley Cup Final

Stars' interim bench boss says he still has plenty of energy to lead, will meet with Nill on future with the club

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

When the Stars made the transition from Jim Montgomery to Rick Bowness in December, all sides said they would look at Bowness as an "interim" head coach until the season was over.

Who knew the season would go like this.

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Stars' storybook run to Stanley Cup Final ends one step short of title

One of the most unique seasons in team history comes to a close as Dallas falls to the champion Lightning in Game 6

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

One of the most unique and exciting seasons in Stars history ended in disappointment Monday night, as Dallas lost Game 6 to Tampa Bay, 2-0, and watched the Lightning skate the Stanley Cup at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

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After one season-saving win, Stars must repeat same resiliency in Game 6

Hoping to ride momentum from a double-overtime triumph, Dallas looks to force a Game 7 against Tampa Bay

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer
Game 6: Stars vs. Lightning (Tampa Bay leads 3-2)

7 p.m., Rogers Place

TV: NBC, Ch. 5

Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM

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'Who is stepping up tonight?': Next man up more than a mantra for Stars

Missing five players with a sixth questionable for Game 6, Dallas continues to push forward with a team-first philosophy

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Next man up isn't just a phrase for the Stars, it's a lifestyle.

Dallas is missing five players and a sixth is questionable for Game 6 Monday in the Stanley Cup Final. Yet the Stars are completely confident that whoever steps in will be able to get the job done … because that's exactly what has happened in the playoffs.

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Stars' winning line in Game 5 pieced together from injuries

Bowness' decision to put Perry together with Seguin and Kiviranta paid off in Dallas' double-overtime victory

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The twist for the Stars is that all of the injuries they have suffered have sort of forced some great moves.

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'We believe': Against all odds, Stars extend series in double-OT thriller

Keeping its season alive, resilient Dallas staves off Tampa Bay to force a Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars were missing five key players with injuries.

They were playing on the second night of a back-to-back after a disappointing overtime loss on Friday.

They were looking at a game that could end their season.

And yet, they found a way to survive.

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Down multiple players, Stars face biggest test on brink of elimination

Bishop, Comeau, Faksa, Hintz and Johns have all been ruled 'unfit to play' by Dallas ahead of a do-or-die Game 5

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer
Game 5: Stars vs. Lightning (Tampa Bay leads 3-1)

7 p.m., Rogers Place

TV: NBC, Ch. 5

Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM

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Controversial penalty leads to heartbreaking OT loss for Stars in Game 4

Tampa Bay nets winning goal on questionable call; Dallas must now win three straight to take Stanley Cup

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

It was the most painful way to lose a Stanley Cup Final game, and yet it fell in line with so much of what has transpired in this series.

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How Stars' lineup looks for Game 4 could hinge on Comeau's health

A return for the forward, who is a game-time decision, may mean Dallas will split up Benn, Seguin and Radulov

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer
Game 4: Stars vs. Lightning (Tampa Bay leads 2-1)

7 p.m., Rogers Place

TV: NBC, Ch. 5

Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM

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One step at a time, Stars must get back to 'different level' in Game 4

Trailing 2-1 in the series, Dallas faces an abundance of questions entering what may be a do-or-die back-to-back

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

There are so many questions bouncing around in the heads of the Dallas Stars right now, and the answer to each might be to keep it simple.

The Stars are trying to negotiate an NHL that almost looks like the NBA, with hot streaks by each team within a game.

They are trying to manage a lineup that has seen slumps by their best players and has also seen injuries to key players.

And they are entering the rare playoff back-to-back, with games Friday and Saturday -- which could tax the goaltending in a big way.

So what's the answer? One step at a time.

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