Stars need more goals from Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin according to Rick Bowness

Before his team played Game 6 on Friday night, Rick Bowness’ request of his highest paid players was simple: goals.

Jamie Benn (zero goals) and Tyler Seguin (one power play goal in Game 4) were quiet in the first-round series against the Flames, as the Stars looked for secondary — and primary, for that matter — scoring against Jacob Markstrom.

“Goals would help,” Bowness said. “Really, we’ve got to create more offense. They do. … We need some offense and they need to generate some scoring chances.”

The postseason has traditionally been one of Benn’s specialties, even with his recent decline across the last four seasons. He entered this series with 49 points in 59 postseason games. In 2019, he was one of the team’s best forwards. In 2020, he was tied for the team lead among forwards with 19 points in the run to the Stanley Cup Final.

His only point entering Friday was on a Game 5 assist to Jason Robertson.

Seguin entered Friday with two points — one on his Game 4 goal and another on an assist of Michael Raffl’s Game 2 empty-net goal. He had only 12 shots on goal in the first five games of the series.

Bowness was asked whether Seguin was healthy, and he said yes.

“After five games of the playoffs, if you’re not banged up a little bit, you’re not playing hard enough,” Bowness said. “That’s the reality of playoff hockey against a big team like they have, something’s got to be sore. If something’s not sore, you’re not sticking your nose in where you shouldn’t.”

Bowness also said Luke Glendening was fine after he missed some shifts in the second period of Game 5.

Another quiet Star in the first five games was Roope Hintz, as his Game 3 empty-netter was his only tally of the playoffs after he scored 37 goals in the regular season.

“He can generate more,” Bowness said. “He can, and he will.”

Hintz opened the scoring in the first period by beating Markstrom between his legs on the rush.

Bruised Gaudreu: Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has had a rough series.

He’s been often hit by Stars defensemen Esa Lindell and Jani Hakanpää. When Vladislav Namestnikov was called for an illegal check to the head, Gaudreau was the recipient. In Game 5, Gaudreau took a puck to his jaw that forced him out of the game temporarily.

“I think I’m playing against those two big guys, Hakanpää and Lindell,” Gaudreau said. “Two really big D, so any time they get the chance to put the body down on us, they’re going to do it. It’s been tough at time, but I’m happy the way our team’s played. I’m happy the way our line’s played.”

Gaudreau entered Friday with one goal and four assists in the first five games.

Hold your beer: After Canadian teams went through two attendance-impacted seasons because of COVID-19, Flames coach Darryl Sutter is happy to appreciate any playoff atmosphere, including the one at the American Airlines Center.

“First off, I think it’s exciting because there’s fans,” Sutter said. “That’s the best part, I don’t care if they’re throwing beer on you or calling you whatever. That’s still the best part. … I still don’t know why guys pay $12 for a beer, then throw it on you, though. Or $40 for a hat and then throw it on the ice. I don’t get that one.”


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