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Stars are down, but still not out

Wednesday, 04.14.2004 / 11:00 PM CT / News
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Stars are down, but still not out



April 15, 2004

By J. Douglas Foster

We're not sure if Bill Guerin is a fan of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," but he certainly has one of the scenes down.

You know the one. ...An elderly man being carried towards "The Dead Collector" and his cart, while the collector calls all to "Bring Out Yer Dead!"

Colorado, with its 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Quarterfinal series, is pushing that cart right now. The Stars are playing the part of the old man, insisting there is still life.

Put your nine pence away.

"We're not dead yet," Guerin said, almost exactly duplicating the movie line. "Don't count us out."

OK, enough with all the silly British humor. The bottom line right now for the Stars is that they are obviously in a hole. Backs against the wall. Hanging on by a thread. Use whatever down-and-out cliché you want, and they are there.

But their season is not yet over. Win Game Five Saturday in Colorado, and they are back within striking distance of the Avalanche.

"We're certainly frustrated to be in the position we are in," Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong said. "But it's first one to four, not three."

What's more frustrating for the Stars in their current 3-1 series deficit is that they clearly had a great opportunity to win Game Four and draw the series even 2-2.

But despite their 41-23 edge in shots-on-goal, it was the Avalanche getting the victory as Marek Svatos scored in double overtime.

"We played a good game," Stars left wing Brenden Morrow said. "But not good enough to win."

One of the positives for the Stars is the fact there are players on this team who have been part of a comeback from a 3-1 deficit.

Pierre Turgeon, while playing for St. Louis, did it against Phoenix. Guerin and the Edmonton Oilers came back from 3-1 to beat Colorado back in 1998.

They know it can be done.

"I've thought a lot about that," Guerin said. "Ever sine we were down 2-0. You have to have those positives to go back on. It's something you can hopefully feed off of."

Knowing you can, Stars head coach Dave Tippett said, is half the battle.

"You certainly have to have the belief you can get it done," Tippett said. "Our guys feel we can get it done, but Game Five is crucial. We have to come out and find a way to win."

Or else, they'll go back on that cart.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 6 4 6 5 10
J. Spezza 6 4 5 1 9
P. Eaves 6 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 6 3 1 0 4
C. Eakin 6 0 4 1 4
A. Goligoski 6 2 1 -4 3
J. Klingberg 6 1 2 -3 3
A. Hemsky 6 1 2 1 3
J. Demers 6 0 3 5 3
M. Janmark 5 0 3 1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 3 1 0 .911 2.27
A. Niemi 1 1 1 .870 3.36
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