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Nashville 1 0 0 0 1
Dallas 0 1 0 1 2
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Stars win series 4-2
Three Stars
1: Ben Bishop, Dal (47 Saves)
2: John Klingberg, Dal (1G)
3: Pekka Rinne, Nsh (49 Saves)
5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET21:30 BRT, April 22, 2019
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 19,025

Stars look to add Predators to list of ousted division winners

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars

  1. With Alexander Radulov, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin combining for three goals and seven points, the Stars won Game 5 in Nashville on Saturday, 5-3, taking a 3-2 series lead. For the third time in the series, the team scoring first did not go on to win the game.
  2. Since 2016, the Predators are 6-1 in Game 6's of playoff series, losing only to the Penguins in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. The Preds won a pair of Game 6's last season, at Colorado and at Winnipeg, by a combined 9-0.
  3. After scoring a total of six goals in the first three games of the series, Dallas scored 10 goals in Games 4 and 5. This is the first time since the 1991 Campbell Conference Final that the franchise has scored five or more goals in consecutive playoff games (the team was then the Minnesota North Stars).
  4. Rocco Grimaldi ranks 17th among Predators skaters in total ice time in the series at 47:51, but he leads the club with three goals. Grimaldi scored only one goal in his last 24 regular-season games, though his five goals this season were a career high.
  5. Since being scratched for one game in March for disciplinary reasons, Alexander Radulov has recorded 16 goals and 26 points in 21 games, combining regular season and playoffs. In that stretch, Dallas is 9-1-1 when Radulov scores at least one goal -- including 3-0 in this series.
  6. Pekka Rinne had a 1.98 GAA and .936 save percentage in the first three games of the series; in Games 4 and 5, those numbers were 7.53 and .735. Ben Bishop has gone the other direction: 2.30 GAA and .931 save percentage through Game 3, followed by 2.00 and .941 in the last two contests.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The Nashville Predators aim to avert being the third division champion to be bounced from the postseason when they visit the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series on Monday.

The two-time defending Central Division champion Predators were pushed to the brink of elimination following their 5-3 setback at Nashville on Saturday.

With another loss, the Predators will join Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay (Atlantic) and Western Conference top-seed Calgary (Pacific) as division champions that made quick exits in the playoffs.

"We've played a lot of playoff games, we've been put in these situations and positions before," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "They've answered the bell, they'll answer the bell in Game 6 and we'll bring it back (to Nashville)."

Reigning Vezina Trophy recipient Pekka Rinne has struggled mightily in his last two games for the Predators, following up his early exit in Game 4 on Wednesday, in which he yielded four goals on eight shots in a 5-1 setback, by allowing five goals three days later.

"The bottom line is we're not playing good enough and we need to raise our level - everybody," Rinne said. "Otherwise it's going to be a short, short run. But you don't want to have any regrets and right now we've got to prove it on the ice. We've been talking a lot and we've had enough time to prove it, so now it's time."

Ben Bishop, who was named a Vezina Trophy finalist, has turned aside 159 of 170 shots in the series -- including 59 of 63 to split a pair of decisions in Dallas.

Alexander Radulov scored twice in the second period in Saturday's victory to double his series goal total while linemates Tyler Seguin and captain Jamie Benn also recorded multi-point performances.

Seguin scored and set up a goal and Benn matched the NHL playoff record for most assists in a single period with three to pull even with defenseman John Klingberg for the team lead with five.

"I think we keep getting better, and we have to keep getting better," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. "The next one's the hardest one because it's the potential to end someone's season. That's the challenge in front of us now."

The challenge for Nashville is to wake up the "JOFA Line" of Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg. The line has just two goals and four points in the series after combining for 76 and 162, respectively, during the regular season.

Viktor Arvidsson has been held without a point in the series after erupting for a franchise-record 34 goals in the regular season.

Johansen and Forsberg each have two points, with the former scoring a goal on Saturday.

"When it comes to the Johansen line, there's a lot of confidence from me, there's a lot of confidence from them as a line," Laviolette said, per the Tennessean.

"It's not something (where) we're ready to blow that line up. There's too much history. There's too much good that's gone on with that line."

Nashville has received unexpected goal production from fourth-liner Rocco Grimaldi, who has scored in three of his last four games after serving as a healthy scratch in the series opener. The 26-year-old mustered just five goals in 53 games this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 22, 2019

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