You Call These Guys Stars? Dallas Takes Game 1 Carried By Lesser Lights

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If this Stanley Cup final is going to be hijacked by role players, suffocating goaltending and defensive play, you really have to like the Dallas Stars’ chances to win their second championship in franchise history. We all know that the longer the playoffs go, the less compelling the hockey often gets. By this time of the tournament, you’re basically just trying to stay upright.

So when the Stars took Game 1 of the final with a 4-1 win Saturday night, we should not have been too surprised. Under coach Rick Bowness, the Stars are learning more and more how to win. And they’re also learning that it’s much easier to destroy a masterpiece rather than create one. The Tampa Bay Lightning are tired and banged up and, yes they’re a much better defensive team, but if they’re going to be prevented from dictating the pace of play they way they were for the first two periods of Game 1, that stunning array of talent isn’t going to mean much.