Dallas Stars' Rick Bowness still has 'passion' to coach
Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin felt empty. Jamie Benn, their longtime captain, was almost speechless.
Like head coach Rick Bowness, who likely soon will shed the interim tag, they were disappointed and drained after more than two months inside the NHL bubble, where this most unusual season ended with a loss in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
“Go through a lot with that group,” Benn said before going silent for more than a full minute, even when asked another question. “It was a good run ... it's tough here, you're two games away from the Stanley Cup.”
It was a group that overcame miserable stretches to start and finish the regular season, and an unexpected coaching change in between. A group not really expected to be one of the last two teams playing in a season that wrapped up nearly a full year after it began, especially as the injures mounted.