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Stars captain Benn finally past 2nd round into West final

first_img Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 22:25 IST Stars Captain Benn Finally Past 2nd Round Into West Final Jamie Benn has played in more postseason games for the Dallas Stars than anyone. Their captain has finally made it out of the second round. First Published: 5th September, 2020 22:25 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE Jamie Benn has played in more postseason games for the Dallas Stars than anyone. Their captain has finally made it out of the second round.“Obviously we were in the exact same situation last year and came out on the wrong end of it,” Benn said. “It’s nice to get that win and move on.”On to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2008, which was two years before Benn’s NHL debut.General manager Jim Nill signed playoff veterans Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry in free agency last summer, putting them on a roster with Benn and Tyler Seguin. But the Stars had an unlikely hero in their 5-4 overtime win over Colorado in Game 7 on Friday.Rookie forward Joel Kiviranta, in his only game against the Avalanche, completed a hat trick with his series-clinching goal 7:24 into overtime of what was Benn’s 48th career playoff game over four different postseasons. Kiviranta’s second goal tied the game at 4 with 3:30 left in regulation, only 10 seconds after Colorado had gone ahead for the third time.”I’m not the smartest guy in the world. But there’s a pretty good chance he’ll be in our lineup in the next game,” interim head coach Rick Bowness said of Kiviranta, who had one goal in 11 games during the regular season. “I’ll talk to him … and let him know that, yeah, you’re playing next game.”That will be Sunday night in the conference final opener against top-seeded Vegas, which like Dallas had a 3-1 series lead before getting pushed to seven games in the second round. The Golden Knights beat Vancouver 3-0 on Friday night, on the same ice in Edmonton where the Stars had advanced only a few hours earlier.A year after losing Game 7 of their semifinal series in double overtime to eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis, the Stars got their first Game 7 overtime winner since moving to Dallas more than a quarter-century ago.“We learned from last year in that double-overtime loss to St. Louis,” Bowness said. “You just hang in there. You battle moment to moment, shift to shift, and you see what happens.”The Stars and Knights split their two games during the regular season, both in Dallas. Vegas won 5-3 a month ago in round-robin play among the top four seeds when Western Conference teams resumed play in Edmonton.Vegas is already in the Western final for the second time in the franchise’s three-season history. This is only the second time the Stars have gotten this far since their back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances in 1999 and 2000 — they won their only title in 1999.“Unreal feeling,” Stars defenseman John Klingberg said after Game 7 against the Avs. “We’ve seen a lot of goals scored. It’s been a weird series for us. It’s been up and down throughout the whole series. That’s what it is in playoffs. You’ve got to keep your emotions intact, not get too high, not get too low. … We’re going to feel good about ourselves here.”The Stars, who had at least five goals only five times in 69 regular-season games, scored exactly five goals in each of their four wins over Colorado. They also had at least five goals in three of their first-round wins against Calgary.That was after they had only four total goals and were held scoreless for 179 of 185 minutes during the round-robin games, when all three goals in the loss to Vegas came in a five-minute span of the second period. They were shut out by the Avs before a shootout win over St. Louis after Pavelski’s goal in the final minute of regulation tied the game at 1.Before the season had been paused more than 4 1/2 months prior to that because of the coronavirus pandemic, Dallas had lost six games in a row.“I’m just happy for the guys. This isn’t about me whatsoever. I’m an old guy just enjoying the ride,” said Bowness, who this year became only the third NHL coach to be on the bench in parts of five decades. “It’s a great moment for the organization. And keeping in mind that we’re halfway home. We came here to win the Stanley Cup.”(Image Credit: AP) FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News last_img read more

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first_imgRinka’s Sarah GillespieA Donegal entrepreneur’s innovative fusion of dance, drama and children’s fitness is to feature on RTE’s hit TV show Dragon’s Den.Rinka is a new craze for kids which is inspired by the need to promote health, fitness and confidence in children.Former competitive Irish dancing champion and drama teacher Sarah Gillespie has developed the new style of non-competitive fitness activity as “an alternative to mainstream sport” which embraces kids of all abilities. The enterprising 30 years-old Donegal Town woman has firmly established the Rinka brand in the county and is now franchising her business model across Ireland.Sarah will pitch her Rinka business plan to RTE’s Dragons in an effort to gain their support for her franchise as she seeks out new instructors throughout the island.“I’m really excited about the show as it’s a great opportunity to showcase Rinka’s huge health and developmental benefits for children of all ages,” she said.“I was delighted that Rinka was selected for Dragon’s Den as it is a product with so much potential to make a big difference in the lives of so many children. I must admit to being a little daunted at how the Dragons will react but it will surely be another fantastic experience in the wonderful story of Rinka,” she added. Rinka offers three fun-filled fitness and child development programmes – Dance Fit, Drama Fit and Bounce. Dance Fit introduces children to the fundamentals of fitness through the medium of dance but without the pressure to compete; Drama Fit has all the creative elements of a drama class combined with the high-energy dynamics of a workout; and Bounce is a high energy, multi-activity class for children aged from 18 months to teens.Sarah explained: “Rinka is an opportunity for children, regardless of skill or background, to burn some energy, have some fun, learn new skills and make new friends. Most importantly it is designed to help boost children’s confidence and encourage them to believe that they can take part in whatever activity they choose.“Not every child wants to play football or become an athlete. There are many artistic children out there who need help to find their little niche in order to burn energy. With Rinka, kids gain fitness through drama and through dance – they’re working out without even knowing it and it’s always inclusive so no one ever feels left out.”New instructors are currently being sought to help bring the Rinka experience of Donegal to children all over Ireland.“We’re looking for new instructors everywhere from Belfast to Cork and Dublin to Galway. No experience is required to become a Rinka franchisee as all of the essential skills are provided in our training programmes. “All that’s required for Drama Fit and Bounce is a love of going crazy with kids every day. Rinka instructors can set up with Drama Fit and Bounce only – they don’t even need premises as we can help with venue sourcing and rental in any area.“We look after all the boring bits so the franchisee’s only job is to turn up and enjoy hours of fun with kids,” Sarah added.In developing Rinka, Sarah has drawn on all of her previous experience in drama, dance, fitness and business. She is a three-time Irish Dancing World Championship competitor who has performed in a Broadway production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, trained as sports therapist; ran her own successful children’s drama academy and achieved a first class degree in Business Management from NUI Maynooth.DRAGON’S DEN WILL BE CHILD’S PLAY FOR DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: May 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDragon’s DenRINKAlast_img read more