Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Questions abound as Dallas gets their turn as the home team. Injuries are stacking up. The Tampa Bay Lightning made a few adjustments on the power play heading into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The series is now tied 1-1 after the Stars gave up three quick goals in the first period. Following in the Dallas Cowboys’ footsteps on Sunday night, the Dallas Stars fell into an early hole against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports Everything fell into place for Dallas in Game 1. Expect major pushback from the Lightning in Game 2. The Dallas Stars’ Stanley Cup Final debut could not have been better scripted.
For me, there a key theme and two key individual stories for the Dallas Stars. The key theme can be best expressed as “Who saw these guys coming? In this post, I’ll share some of the surprises that have led the Stars to a 1-0 Stanley Cup series lead.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Outside of a lucky bounce goal for the Lightning, the Stars played their brand of hockey to a tee tonight. History has provided two different Dallas Stars teams when they come off of an extended rest period.
The matchup is set. After the Dallas Stars experienced the elation of Denis Gurianov’s series-clinching goal in Monday’s 3-2 overtime winner in Game Five of the Western Conference Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning experienced a similar rush with a 2-1 overtime win over the New York Islanders in the series-clinching win Thursday night.
As I begin to write this post, the game between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning is tied just finishing the second period. Waiting in the wings for the eventual winner is a surprising Dallas Stars led by a goalie who wasn’t supposed to play and a head coach who wasn’t supposed to coach.
If we told you back in March that the Dallas Stars would be playing for the 2020 Stanley Cup you’d probably have told us to delete our account. But this has been a year and a season unlike any other. The Stars entered Game 5 of the West Finals up three games to one and then entered the final 19:45 of the third period trailing 2-0.
The Dallas Stars just put a stranglehold on the Western Conference Final by defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4. The Golden Knights were a heavy favorite in this series and have seemed to struggle with the pressure of being down 0-1 and then 1-2.
Alexander Radulov of Nizhny Tagil, Russia was the overtime hero on Thursday in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. At only the 31 second mark of the extra period, Radulov scored from Joe Pavelski of Plover, WI and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jamie Benn of Victoria, British Columbia.
The Dallas Stars finally found a way to score on goaltender Robin Lehner – after he blanked them for nearly two games – and came away with a 3-2 overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of the West Finals.
Martin Hanzal is back in action and bringing a number of notable names with him. Hanzal and brother Jiri Hanzal have founded a team, HC Samson Ceske Budejovice, in the Czech semi-pro “regional league.”