Dallas vs Nashville Wed, Apr 24
|*Community||DAL -110 55%||o/n/a 63%|
*Consensus from 659 predictions.
|21.011th||Power Play %||12.931st|
|82.85th||Penalty Kill %||82.16th|
|12th||Power Play %||31st|
|4th||Power Play %||6th|
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Fansided: Dallas Stars: Why Game 6 Provided Fitting End To Series With Predators
The Dallas Stars are moving on to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for just the second time in the past 11 seasons. Let that sink in for a moment.
Done? Okay, now let's talk about how the Stars clinched a berth in the second round in front of a sold-out American Airlines Center for the first time since 2008. Take another moment if you need it.
All good? Great. Now, let's take a moment to talk about the events that transpired in Game 6 on Monday night at the AAC. After all, I had the opportunity to attend the game and then endured a five-hour drive back to school following the finish.
Defending Big D: The Three Stars of the Dallas-Nashville Series
Well, they did it -- the Dallas Stars upset the Nashville Predators in the first round, winning Game 6 after playing almost 80 minutes of hockey.
Hockey is a team effort, and every Star pitched in to make this win possible, from Tyler Seguin to Jamie Oleksiak. But some players performed much better than others, and even Nashville got some quality performances despite losing.
So while the series is still fresh on our minds, let's take a look at who the best players were this series on both sides of the ice.
Dallas Morning News: Stars top Predators in OT to advance to second round of Stanley Cup playoffs
The playoffs are a minefield, scattered with ways to fail on the path to the Stanley Cup. There's off nights from goaltenders and more from power plays, a dominant top line or a dormant one. There are also ways to make heroes in the playoffs, the contributions from trade deadline acquisitions or from rookies, the games from third-liners and once-healthy scratches.
It's difficult and surprising and expectedly unpredictable, and this is how it's supposed to go.
On Monday, in the Stars' 2-1 overtime win in Game 6 over the Predators, there was a thriller after a heart-stopping third period and up-and-down extra frame, a gasp for air from Nashville via Pekka Rinne and a suffocation from Dallas and Ben Bishop.
On the Forecheck: Nashville Predators 1, Dallas Stars 2 (OT): Dallas Wins in Overtime to Take Series
The Predators pressured the Stars early in tonight's contest. With just over 5 minutes gone in the game, Austin Watson capitalized on a rebound and put Nashville up early in the game. Nick Bonino found a loose puck in the Nashville zone and found a way to get the puck on net, allowing Watson to convert.
The Predators went on a power play late in the first period. The boys in gold were unable to convert with the extra man. The Predators continued to pepper Ben Bishop with shots, but an unfortunate penalty by Watson put the Predators on the penalty kill with just over 2 minutes remaining in the first.
Fansided: Dallas Stars Knock Out Nashville Predators, Advance To Round Two
Hockey is won in moments. And Monday night's Dallas Stars game was one of the best moments you'll find. They beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in a thrilling overtime finish to clinch the first-round series 4-2.Regulation Recap
Nashville dominated the first period on the shot clock, tallying 19 shots in 20 minutes. They went into the intermission up 1-0, which wasn't a surprise considering their season was on the line.
But the Stars came out guns blazing in the second. They were peppering shots on Pekka Rinne like their own season depended on it -- which, in a way, it could have.