Predators vs. Stars - Game Recap - 23 April 2019

And Ovechkin's fourth goal of the series - and his third in three games - put the Capitals up 2-1 with 4:48 left in the first.

During the regular season, Stars coach Jim Montgomery would often split Benn from his regular linemates, hoping to find a way to spark a team that entered the playoffs as the lowest-scoring team among playoff qualifiers. "Obviously, it's not that easy, but we've said it along, your best players have to be your best players, all year, but in the playoffs especially". There is no clear matchup that is giving another team fits, no real consistency from game to game.

"Everybody knows there's one team going home after the game", Brind'Amour said. "We didn't have that from enough people [in Game 6]". They host Game 7 on Wednesday. He also leads the team in total goals, with 5.

"I felt great in that third period", Mrazek said.

That was the game Devante Smith-Pelly returned to the lineup after two months in the AHL. But through six games, the differences between this year's run and last year's have been glaring. I like the Hurricanes to advance to the second round for the first time in 10 seasons. "We make a push, we scored a goal, and I think it was good, but again, it's the referees decision, and they make the decisions they make". Nashville had a chance to force a Game 7 of their own with a win on the road against the Dallas Stars on Monday, but an overtime thriller ended with the Stars netting the game-winner and eliminating the Preds in six games. "Guys came out of their comfort zones and that's made us a closer team, and that's why we're here tonight". He has made several blockbusters over the past few years and it has played a significant role in building the roster the Predators have today. He notched one goal and one assist in four games against the Hurricanes this postseason before the injury.

There is also a certain familiarity that comes with each rink that may have contributed to slowing down the Caps' playing style.

But the Hurricanes went ahead for good when Jordan Staal poked the puck past Braden Holtby's outstretched left skate - and the Capitals' troubles soon went from simmering to a rolling boil. Foegele tied the game in the most recent game, game 6, en route to a much-needed victory. Every rink is different in that way, and you try to test that out. Two sources are saying that he won't be back this year no matter how far they go. And Montgomery is the second Stars coach to do it, following Dave Tippett in 2003. Dougie side steps like a ninja on ice and lets Ovechkin go tumbling solo into the boards.

Whatever the reason, home ice been a huge advantage for both teams throughout the series.

After no-showing for the first four games of the series, Jones was dynamic in Games 5 and 6, allowing three goals on 90 shots (.967) and only one at 5-on-5.

The hot lap really started as a bit for center Jay Beagle, who was always eager to get practices going, and now that he's no longer with the team, it didn't feel quite right anymore.

Blake Comeau scored his first playoff goal for the Stars, tying the game at 1-1 in the second period. But still, he's an incredibly important player to them both on and off the ice.

  • Julie Sanders