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Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee Attendance: 17,174
Suddenly surging Stars return for rematch in Nashville
All of a sudden, there's no stopping the Dallas Stars, who have surged to a season-best five game winning streak as they head back into Nashville for a rematch with the Predators on Thursday, five days after a 3-1 victory at Bridgestone Arena.
Three weeks ago, the Stars were reeling, having lost four in row that included the first three games of a six-game homestand, mostly because their offense was lacking.
But Dallas (28-21-4, 60 points) has righted its ship in a big way and has won all four of its games since the All-Star break, the most recent a stirring 5-4 victory over Arizona at home on Monday. The Stars scored three goals in a 72-second span of the third period to sweep to the front, gave back that lead, and then got the game-winner from a suddenly torrid Tyler Seguin with 7:32 remaining.
Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop had to survive a late Arizona power play, including almost two full minutes of the Coyotes' 6-on-4 attack when the Coyotes pulled their goalie, to earn the victory.
The Stars' win streak matches its longest since it captured six straight games from March 2-13, 2012.
"There's an incredible difference," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said about his squad's five-game winning streak. "You just sense it in the room and on the bench. There's a belief and a trust in each other right now that 'we can.' That attitude of 'we can' is beginning to permeate through everybody."
Dallas captain Jamie Benn said the team took a deep look at itself during the break, and players are backing each other up and finding ways to win.
"We're taking ownership of our own games personally, and our game as a whole and as a group," Benn told NHL.com after the win on Monday. "Accountability is great. Early on in this one, it wasn't pretty. But there were players stepping up in the dressing room and owning up to their poor play, and that's good to see."
Since the calendar flipped to 2019, Seguin has 11 goals in 13 games, including three game-winners and three on the power play.
Nashville (32-19-4, 68 points) bounced back from a loss to the Stars last Saturday with a 5-2 home win over Arizona on Tuesday.
Fliip Forsberg tallied a power-play goal, snapping an 0-for-34 drought with the man advantage for the Predators, while Roman Josi racked up three points as Nashville put to rest a three-game home losing streak .
The Predators recorded 47 shots on goal, just two off of their season high, in the victory, which came against an Arizona team that has lost to Dallas the previous night and was weary from travel to the Music City.
"We caught a team that played last night too, so I think that maybe worked to our advantage," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said after the win, which came after the Predators trailed early. "To push forward from going down 1-0, we had a really important second period. I thought the guys played really well."
The Predators will be in search for some answers against the Stars after losing to them in Nashville two games ago.
"Dallas is playing really well right now," Josi told NHL.com. "It was a tough game Saturday, and we lost the last two against them at home, so we definitely have some work to do. It'll be another tough game. It was a physical match last time, and we expect the same this time."
Eight points separate two foes in the Central Division, with both currently holding playoff spots.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 6, 2019
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