After shutting out the reigning Stanley Cup Champions Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0, coach Rick Bowness declared the Dallas Stars are "all in" as they seek to qualify for the post-season playoffs.
The Stars, 28/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, have won six of their past nine games (6-2-1) and with a 41-27-4 record, they hold the second wild card spot into the playoffs from the Western Conference.
Dallas is three points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights and one point behind the Nashville Predators for the first wild card.
Netminder Scott Wedgewood made 25 saves against the Lightning to collect his seventh point in four starts since he was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes ahead of the NHL trade deadline to aid the Stars’ push for a playoff place.
67-year-old Bowness guided Dallas to the Stanley Cup Final in 2019/20 where they were beaten in six games by the Lightning.
Last season, they disappointingly missed the playoffs all together, something the Canadian does not want a repeat of.
Bowness said after the win over Tampa Bay to the media: "That was playoff hockey…you saw guys diving in front of shots and taking hits to make plays; that's what it's all about.
"We talked to them this morning, it's all-in now. We're all-in, everybody. And we had everybody on it tonight."