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Stars want to ‘handle business’ after taking split in St. Louis

Stars rookie Roope Hintz said another fast start needed in Game 3

Dallas Stars rookie left wing Roope Hintz, who had two goals in Saturday's Game 2 win, said another fast start is needed in Game 3 Monday in Dallas.
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Dallas Stars rookie left wing Roope Hintz, who had two goals in Saturday's Game 2 win, said another fast start is needed in Game 3 Monday in Dallas.

The Dallas Stars have a chance to put their skates on the throat of the St. Louis Blues Monday night.

After taking Game 2 Saturday afternoon in St. Louis, Mo., the Stars are in a similar position as they were in the first round against Nashville.

But the Predators took back home-ice advantage with a Game 3 win at American Airlines Center . Of course, that didn’t shake the Stars, who took the series in six. The Blues, however, are a different animal. They won three games on the road in the first round against Winnipeg.

The Stars, who host the Blues at 7 p.m. Monday, were back in Frisco for team meetings and to talk to the media Sunday afternoon.

“Now we have to handle business at home,” Stars center Tyler Seguin said. “Obviously, we love our atmosphere, we love our fans. We want to have that start we did in Game 4 last series and come out flying.”

Stars coach Jim Montgomery said the split in St. Louis means little if the Stars don’t win Game 3.

“It’s going to be a grind it out series like we thought it was going to be,” he said. “We got what we wanted in St. Louis. We got a split. Now, it’s only good if you’re able to take advantage of home ice. They’re a really good road team because of the way they play.”

Forward Jason Dickinson, who had two assists in Game 2,

“This is an opportunity and a huge one at that,” he said. “We have to be ready to play at the drop of the puck and not let it slip away from us.”

Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin expects his top line to play better than it did in Game 2, despite the Stars winning 4-2 and evening the series with the St. Louis Blues.

Second round results, schedule:

Game 1: Blues 3, Stars 2

Game 2: Stars 4, Blues 2

Game 3: Blues at Stars, 7 p.m. Monday

Game 4: Blues at Stars, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday

Game 5*: Stars at Blues, 8:30 p.m. Friday

Game 6*: Blues at Stars, TBD May 5

Game 7*: Stars at Blues, TBD May 7

* If necessary

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.

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