The Dallas Stars don’t have much time to dwell on their 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday. And that’s fine with them.
One more loss from losing the best-of-7 series, the Stars are eager get back to work in Game 5 in Edmonton on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
“We’ve got more,” Stars center Tyler Seguin said. “We would’ve won if we would’ve gotten everything out of everybody, I think. We’ve got a quick turnaround. I believe in this team, believe in the boys. We have another level here, so the quick turnaround is going to be nice.”
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The Stars built leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in Game 4 but couldn’t protect them and needed Joe Pavelski’s second goal of the game with 8:25 left in the third period to cause overtime. However, after Dallas failed to score on a power play 37 seconds into overtime — 55 seconds a 4-on-3 — Kevin Shattenkirk scored on the Lightning’s opportunity with the man-advantage at 6:34 to move them within one win of the Stanley Cup.
Teams that lose Game 4 to fall behind 3-1 in a best-of-7 Cup Final are 0-27 winning the series (since 1939).
With little time to rest, the Stars are focused solely on winning Saturday to make Game 6 necessary Monday.
“Yeah, get right back at it tomorrow,” Dallas forward Corey Perry said. “We did a lot of good things. Unfortunately, we didn’t do enough, but right back at it tomorrow and see where it goes.”
Although the Stars have lost three straight after winning Game 1 4-1, they believe there are some positives to build on, including some new line combinations that provided a spark in the offense.
Pavelski, who replaced Seguin on the top line between Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov, scored two goals to give him 12 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, one behind Lightning forward Brayden Point for the NHL lead. Seguin, who was shifted to center a line with Joel Kiviranta and Perry, had two assists after being limited to one in his previous 12 games.
Perry finished a strong drive by Seguin at 8:26 of the second period to give Dallas a 3-2 lead and end a 19-game goal drought and 12-game point drought.
But in the end, the Stars’ special teams let them down. Dallas was 0-for-3 on the power play; Tampa Bay was 3-for-4.
“We’ll bounce back,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “I have full faith in our hockey club. It’s an unfortunate way to lose that game the way we battled back. I’m proud of the way we played tonight. Anyways, I have full faith that we will fight back, we will bounce back and we are going to play tomorrow the way we did tonight.”
Bowness didn’t want to dwell on Benn’s tripping penalty against Lightning forward Tyler Johnson that led to Shattenkirk’s game-winning goal but said, “There were two guys going for a loose puck. That’s a hockey play. That’s what I saw.”
That the Stars weren’t able to kill the penalty magnified the importance of their missed opportunity minutes earlier.
“Our power play had a chance to end the game and they didn’t get it done,” Bowness said. “Simple as that.”
Bowness said the coaching staff will talk Saturday morning about whether goalie Anton Khudobin will be OK to start Game 5 after facing 35 shots in 66:12 of ice time in Game 4.
Ben Bishop, the Stars’ No. 1 goalie when healthy, remained unfit to play Friday, so if his status doesn’t change, the choice will be between Khudobin or rookie Jake Oettinger, who has made two relief appearances in the playoffs but has never started an NHL game in the regular season or postseason.
“There’s another game tomorrow,” Dallas defenseman John Klingberg said. “What happened today is history right now and the only thing we can focus about is tomorrow.”