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More Than a Big Win

Friday, 04.11.2008 / 1:43 AM / Feature
By Seamus O'Callahan  - Hockey Historian
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More Than a Big Win

That was big win.

Yes, my alter ego is Captain Obvious, but really – that was a huge win. Massive. Gigantic. Enormous. Gi-normous. (OK – so now we’re making up words).

Consider a few numbers:
  • The eventual winners of the 15 total playoff series played in the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs went 13-2 in Game 1’s of their respective series (86.7%).
     
  • Since the NHL adopted the current conference-based playoff format in 1993-94, clubs winning Game 1 have gone on to win the series 133 of 195 times, or 68.2% (all series best-of-seven). For the Conference Quarter-Finals only, clubs winning Game 1 have won 74 of 104 series (71.2%).
     
  • Since moving to Dallas, the Stars are 8-1 in playoff series in which they were victorious in Game 1, while going 4-9 in series when dropping the first game.

If the Stars are to get the first round proverbial monkey off their collective backs, Game 1 was a must. This team has been “chasing” playoff series for the last few years and it’s a big reason why they have not been successful.

Dallas did what it had to do – make Anaheim pay for taking penalties and score on the power play. The Stars probably never imagined they would score four with the extra-man for the first time in the playoffs since 1998, but they did.

The best part of Thursday’s game was that the Stars did not let up and sit on the lead. They scored the first goal and then went out and scored another one. The final was 4-0, and it could have been worse.

The Stars played with patience and discipline and took advantage when Anaheim could not do the same. Hockey is about special teams and goaltending. And that is especially true in the playoffs.

Dallas went 4-for-7 on the power play while killing all three of Anaheim’s power plays.

Marty Turco picked up where he left off last season when he led all playoff net-minders with a 1.30 goals-against-average. He now has four shutouts in his last eight playoff games and improved that GAA to a sparkling 1.16.

“We may have won this game, 4-0, but we all believe that this series is going to be very tight,” said Steve Ott, who scored the game-winner. “We just have to keep going. They have a good team over there and we have to keep playing hard.”

This is uncharted territory for Dave Tippett and Marty Turco. They may not know exactly what to do after winning a Game 1 and leading a playoff series for the first time since April of 2003.

No, that’s not true. They know exactly what they need to do.

Go get Game 2.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 46 28 24 1 52
J. Benn 46 13 27 -3 40
J. Spezza 46 8 26 -4 34
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 46 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 46 11 11 -2 22
T. Daley 43 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 43 9 12 6 21
A. Hemsky 43 7 11 -5 18
J. Klingberg 32 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 10 7 .904 2.98
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
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