It’s simple, win or go home.
That’s the position the Dallas Stars find themselves in going into Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues. Actually, you can also say “win and go home.” If the Stars beat the Blues Monday in the “Gateway City”, the deciding Game 7 will be in Dallas on Wednesday. But first they have to take care of business Monday night to keep the season alive.
“We’ve been bouncing back the whole year,” said defenseman John Klingberg. “We’ve been bouncing back right away so that’s what we are going to do now too.”
“It’s tough to play against a great team like that but we’re good too so it’s doable,” adds goalie Kari Lehtonen. “
The puck didn’t bounce the Stars way in the 4-1 loss in Game 5 on Saturday. The Stars outshot the Blues 28-22 but could only find the back of the net once.
“That’s just puck luck, sometimes you get it and sometimes you don’t,” said head coach Lindy Ruff. “We’ve been a real good team when we’ve been backed into a corner. We’ll just focus on the next game and know that we won the last game in that building and prepare to go up and win a game.”
Being in a “must-win” situation isn’t too intimidating for the Stars, since they did win on the road in St. Louis in Game 4.
“We have been good on the road and we have all the confidence in the world in here,” said forward Vernon Fiddler. “We know we are going to have to play our best game of the series next game, and that’s what we are going to look to do.”
The ever important Game 6 between the Stars and Blues will be at 7 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.
Written by C. James