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Bag Skate for Easter

Stars Work To Fix The Slump They Are In

Sunday, 03.23.2008 / 3:15 PM CT / Feature
By Dallas Stars Staff
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Bag Skate for Easter
It wasn’t Herb Brooks bag-skating Team USA in Norway in 1979, but Sunday was indeed a bag skate for the Dallas Stars.

At least the Stars got to see some pucks in this practice.

The team got quite the workout on Easter Sunday in Frisco that was scheduled to be an off-day. Skating and more skating. One-on-one drills and simple hard work. And some more skating.

That’s what happens when you give up three goals in the final three minutes vs. Los Angeles on a Saturday afternoon that drops you to 1-7 in your last eight. The Stars have to get things back on track, and do it fast. There are only six games left in the regular season and a four-game division trip out west is looming.

“That was an old fashion bag skate out there today, said goalie Marty Turco. “It was what it was out there today. This thing we are in right now won't go away on its own. The lessons, the attitude and the mindset are small rays of light that I can take right now, but that light seems pretty far way. I've never been so anxious for the next game in all my life.”

That next game isn’t until Thursday at San Jose, a team that is as hot right now as the Stars are cold (actually hotter), having gone 14-0-1 in their last 15. The Sharks have roared back from third place in the Pacific Division and have basically run away and hid from the Stars and Anaheim Ducks.

But the Stars are not focused on the division any more. Their sole goal is to get their game in order for the playoffs. The season has just two weeks left and the time is now.

It doesn’t matter who the Stars play in the first round or where – get their game in order and they have as good a shot as anyone to have a successful post-season.

“The best way to get through this is to work like we did today and put this behind us,” said Steve Ott. “We don't have any choice other than turn it around. It starts in this room, and if we don't we could actually miss the playoffs. We did some drills today with our lunch pails that help you win hockey games. The whole message today was for us to be ready to compete and ready for us to play a full 60 minutes.”

The team was upbeat throughout the workout, albeit there were several times where individuals had to go to one knee to catch their breath. The Stars practiced hard, taking it personally for their latest shortcomings in hockey games. The entire squad is committed to turning this around.

“We're going to do whatever it takes to get out of this,” said Head Coach Dave Tippett. “We tried to take days off and now we're going to try working. The drills today are all about ‘are we willing to do what you need to finish?’ Every second, every shift, every play needs to be played with intensity and desperation, and that's the message right now. There are a lot of different people that need to clean things up. Every mistake that we make is counting against us and that must get cleaned up. We look at this as a problem and something that needs to be fixed. We'll look to fix that with a lot of hard work.”

The Stars plan on more hard work this week before leaving for California on Wednesday.




1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49


J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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