Series Update – A John Klingberg goal 17:02 into overtime after a cross-ice pass from Alexander Radulov saw the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 and secure a 4-2 first-round Western Conference playoff series win.
Ben Bishop, the Vezina Trophy finalist, had a playoff career-high 47 saves for the Stars. The Predators’ Pekka Rinne also set a career best by stopping 49 shots in his 89th career playoff game.
The Predators were 0 for 4 on the power-play in Game 6, and finished 0 for 15 in the series. They were the only one of the 16 teams that didn’t have a power-play goal in the playoffs.
The Dallas Stars now face the St. Louis Blues in the second round.
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Game 6 Update – The Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Saturday to move 3-2 ahead in the series put themselves on the brink of the second round in the Western Conference playoffs.
Alexander Radulov scored two goals for the Stars, Jason Dickinson also scored twice and Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist, as they pushed the Western Conference’s No. 2 seed to the brink of elimination. Ben Bishop made 30 saves for the Stars.
Rocco Grimaldi, Ryan Johansen and Kyle Turris scored for Nashville, with Pekka Rinne making 21 saves.
Dallas will have a chance to book their place in the next round on Monday night at home in Game 6.
Game 5 Update – Colorado Avalanche rallied from 2-0 down in the 3rd Period to beat Calgary Flames 3-2 in OT on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.
Mikko Rantanen was the hero for the Avs, scoring on a slap shot 10:23 into overtime after having tied the game on a power-play goal with 2:50 left in regulation time.
The Flames, the top seeds in the Western Conference, now face a must-win scenario when the series returns to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday if they are to avoid the same fate as Tampa Bay Lightning, the top seeds in the Eastern Conference.
Game 4 Update – Nashville Predators won 3-2 on the road at Dallas Stars on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference 1st Round series.
Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne made 40 saves, including stopping a flurry of shots when the Stars had an extended power play in the 2nd period, including a 5-on-3 advantage.
Rinne also pushed aside a point-blank shot from Jamie Benn with his skate to keep the game tied at 2-2 midway through the 3rd Period and just before Mikael Granlund scored the decisive goal on a wrist shot with 8:19 left on the clock for Nashville.
Game 3 Update – The Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 in OT in Game 2 to level the series at 1-1 in the Western Conference 1st Round tie on Saturday after Craig Smith scored the game-winning goal.
Dallas took the lead through Jamie Benn early the 2nd Period, but Rocco Grimaldi was quick to level things up for Nashville. Grimaldi only got the call Saturday morning that he was in the lineup with forward Brian Boyle out sick.
The Stars were outshot 42-23, with Pekka Rinne making 22 saves for the Predators, while Ben Bishop made 40 stops for the Stars.
It’s all to play for with Games 3 and 4 in the series now going to Dallas.
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Game 2 Update: The Dallas Stars claimed the early advantage in the series against the Nashville Predators with a 3-2 win on the road in Game 1 of the Western Conference Round 1 tie.
Rookie 19 year-old defenseman Miro Heiskanen scored a goal and had an assist in Wednesday’s win, while goaltender Ben Bishop and the Stars’ defense did the rest in their win over the Predators. Trade-deadline acquisition Mats Zuccarello scored what proved to be the winning goal for the Stars.
If the Predators win the series, it will be the first time in franchise history they’ve done so after dropping the first game.