Stars Shine in Comeback Victory Over Predators, 4-2
Alexander Radulov broke the tie with 15 minutes left in the game before Andrej Sekera pulled off another goal to lead the Dallas Stars’ dramatic and intense escape against the Nashville Predators. The two teams played in a tight battle that saw the Stars coming up with a surprise win.
The Stars were down 0-2 after an extended Nashville power play in the opening minutes of the game. Dallas forward Corey Perry was handed a game misconduct and was quickly ejected in the game. He landed an elbow to the head of defenceman Ryan Ellis.
Dallas had its third win in a row to land the third spot in the Western Conference. They have reached the midpoint of the 82-game regular season.
The team came off a similar comeback victory after being down by 0-2 against Arizona. They dropped four straight goals in the closing frame to come up with an impressive 4-2 win last Sunday.
Stars interim coach Rick Bowness has seen similar comeback stories for his team, the only thing different was their surroundings. They scored four goals under eight minutes to claim their much-needed win against the Predators.
The Predators are set to face the Los Angeles Kings this weekend, and will try to bounce back after this disappointing loss.
It seemed very timely that the team was able to come up with a win after being down 0-2 for the second straight time. They played at the site of the annual State Fair of Texas, which means that the game was a lot more important for Stars’ fans.
‘Let’s look at it from two sets of eyes. From a coaching perspective, we won the game. We battled back. We survived those early penalties and the guys kept battling and believing and doing what was necessary to get us back in the game’, Bowness said. ‘From a fan's perspective, that was great hockey. If I was out there watching that game and I was watching us on television, that was an awesome game. The whole thing was awesome’.
The Predators led by 2-0 following Matt Duchene’s goal and assist. He was majestic in propelling his team in the game, but that late meltdown did really come with a big blow to their chances in the game.
The Stars managed to claw their way back into the game and come up with a resounding win. It was a great way to close out the Winter Classic for the team that has been attempting to come up with a way to chase the top spot of the Western Conference.
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Words: Paul Daniel Flores