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It's Always a Classic when Ottawa and Dallas Get Together

Tuesday, 12.04.2007 / 5:14 PM / Feature
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It\'s Always a Classic when Ottawa and Dallas Get Together

It seems that every time the Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators meet up, it turns out to be one of the best games of the year. That’s what’s on tap for this coming Friday – an inter-conference match-up at American Airlines Center that simply should not be missed.

Ottawa, you remember, won the Eastern Conference last season before being defeated by the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup Finals. Led by Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza, the Sens are in first place in the Eastern Conference and are tied for the fifth-most goals scored this season (79) in the entire league.

But wait. Take a look at which team they are tied with in goals. It’s your Dallas Stars.

Critics of the Stars entered the season with worries about goals and who was going to score them for Dallas. It has truly been a team effort, as the Stars are one of only three teams in the league with three-or-more players with 10+ goals (Mike Ribeiro, Niklas Hagman & Jussi Jokinen). Brenden Morrow is right behind them with nine.

“We’ve had several of our guys step up their games,” said Stars Head Coach Dave Tippett. “We believe in sound defense and goaltending is the strength of our team but we also want to score goals and take advantage of opportunities when we have them.”

Dallas’ power play has been a big key for the team. The team ranks fifth in the league in power play percentage, scoring at a 22.2 percent clip on the season with the man-advantage. The Stars are even better at home on the power play, ranked first in the league with a 26.2 success percentage.

“You have to be able to score on the power play to give yourself a chance to win games,” said Tippett. “Teams are so good defensively and the goaltenders are as good as ever. Of course you want to generate chances 5-on-5 but your best opportunities to score come on the power play and it comes down to execution and hard work.”

Only one team in the entire NHL has done a better job at winning games over the last five seasons than the Senators and Stars. Only the Detroit Red Wings have a better cumulative regular season record since 2002 than Ottawa and Dallas. The two teams are at it again this season, with both clubs leading their respective divisions (and in Ottawa’s case – their conference).

“Ottawa has a lot of talent and they are a very good team,” said Stars forward Stu Barnes. “We’ve had some great games with them over the last few years and this Friday should be no different. They’re well coached and play hard. It should be a good one for the fans, that’s for sure.”

If this Friday’s game is anything like the last two trips that Ottawa made to Dallas, then he’s exactly right.

The Stars rallied in the third period of both games to claim wins with identical scores of 5-3. In each game, Ottawa scored early and often to take a two-goal lead (one via a hat trick by Martin Havlat), only to be denied victory by the Stars who refused to lose.

“Both of those games were classics,” said goalie Marty Turco, who was in net for both contests. “I remember the fans being really loud in the third period and they were two of the more memorable games of recent memory. People in the stands definitely got their money’s worth.”

Turco was also in net for one of the best performances of his career in December of 2005, this time up in Ottawa. The Senators were humming along with a 22-4-2 record and 46 points, which led the entire NHL at the time. The Stars were not far behind with a 19-8-1 record for 39 points, and goaltending was a big reason why. Turco stopped all 24 Ottawa shots he faced that night in a game nationally televised by TSN in Canada.

“That was another big night for us,” said Turco. “It seems that every time Dallas and Ottawa meet up, it’s a great game. I can tell you that they have been fun games to play in, that’s for sure.”

This Friday marks another classic match-up for Ottawa and Dallas, and there honestly is no better way to start the weekend. Good tickets still remain for this one, so don’t be left out. Get your tickets to this game now.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
S. Horcoff 60 8 13 3 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
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