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Bowness guides Stars to lead in Western Final against Golden Knights

The Stars went on a 20-9-3 run after Bowness became coach but were 0-4-2 in the final six games before the NHL season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

With his coaching staff, he determined that Dallas needed to maximize its talented defensemen by having them engage more with the offense, and demanded its forwards be part of that, with awareness and support to back them up.

"Probably one of the best coaches I had," said Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault, who played 47 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2014-16 when Bowness was an associate.

Bowness is 143-302-8 with 48 ties in 501 regular-season games as an NHL coach with the Winnipeg Jets (1988-89), Boston Bruins (1991-92), Ottawa Senators (1992-96), New York Islanders (1996-98), Phoenix Coyotes (2003-04) and Stars (2019-20).

As a rugged forward, he had 55 points (18 goals, 37 assists) in 173 games over seven NHL seasons (1975-82) for the Atlanta Flames, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Jets.

It's one of the reasons why colleagues and rivals have voiced their support during this playoff run, including Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer, who admits to having little history with Bowness.

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