The Dallas Stars can win the Stanley Cup because of this one man

Goalie Ben Bishop was asked who is the most important player on the Dallas Stars.

“I am,” he said.

Then he laughed.

“No,” he said, “I’m kidding.”

He was kidding, and he is right.

The Dallas Stars are on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for a plethora of reasons, whose names are Montgomery, Benn, Seguin, Klingberg, Heiskanen, Radulov, Nill and not a one of them is any bigger than their Bishop.

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill has had his share of flubs since he was hired in the spring of 2013, but his acquisition of Bishop ranks as the second-best move he’s made (the first is the trade to land Tyler Seguin).

The Stars defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in overtime in Game 6 on Monday night at the American Airlines Center to finally win a playoff series.

Stars defenseman John Klingberg blasted a shot past a screen set by Seguin over Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne’s shoulder with three minutes remaining in the first overtime to end it.

Monday was the Stars’ first playoff series win since 2016, and only their second since 2008. It only feels longer.

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