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What Goes Around...

Sunday, 04.13.2008 / 1:43 AM / Feature
By Seamus O'Callahan  - Hockey Historian
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What Goes Around...

Seamus O'Callahan
I was thinking this morning about the frustration that we all felt in both 2003 and 2006, when the Stars had home ice and dropped the first two games at home in respective series against the (then Mighty) Ducks and the Avalanche – two series that Dallas would end up losing. Then I started thinking about the tremendous opportunity the team had in front of them for Saturday’s Game 2 at Anaheim.

It would be so nice to be on the other side of that scenario.

What goes around does indeed come around, and your Dallas Stars are on the good side of a 2-0 series lead for once.

The Stars saw the same opportunity and did not rest on their laurels from a Game 1 win. They went for it.

“We said, ‘Why not – let’s get greedy and get after it,’” Mike Modano said after the game. It’s been really strong hockey. Everything has been really strong in our games. We’re playing with a lot of confidence.”

Now, before we get all giddy and say that this series is over, let’s tap the brakes a little bit.

While the Stars have a big advantage in winning the first two games of the series, this is not over. Far from it, in fact. Last time I checked, until a team has four wins, the series still has life. All it takes is Anaheim winning Game 3 to get back in it. So the Stars cannot take anything for granted.

There is a tremendous stat that does play in the Stars’ favor though: Teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven NHL playoff series have gone on to win the series 86.8% of the time. Another fact that is quite huge when you think about it: Anaheim has to win four of the next five games (three of them in Dallas) to win the series.

The best news is that the Stars have proven they are not playing satisfied. When they took the lead in Game 1 – they went after more goals (and got them). When Mike Riberio gave Dallas a 1-0 lead in Game 2, they scored another one. Then when it looked like the Ducks were about to grab the momentum, Dallas came out in the third period in a tie game and scored three goals to take control.

The Stars simply refused to lose. Check that – they insisted on winning (there’s a big difference).

Once again, the Stars’ special teams were huge in the Game 2 win. Dallas scored two of their goals on the power play, including Modano’s game-winner in the third. But the penalty kill was tremendous once again. The Ducks did break through on Teemu Selanne’s power play goal in the second period, but Dallas had a huge kill in the first two minutes of the third as Anaheim had a fresh sheet of ice to work with. Marty Turco and the Stars slammed the door.

Speaking of Turco, his goals-against-average over the last two playoff seasons ballooned to 1.24 after giving up two goals. His play has been solid as a rock and he has done his job, and then some.

You can bet that the Stars do not look at this 2-0 series lead and think it is all over. They are sure to be prepared for Game 3 and the fans should be too.

Game 3 is set for Tuesday at American Airlines Center. Stars fans – BE READY TO GO. The game starts at 7:30, so be in your seats to give the boys a true home-ice advantage from the first drop of the puck. Steve Ott and the players are asking that all fans wear black to home playoff games, so do your part! The Stars are handing out 15,000 black playoff T-Shirts at the door on Tuesday, so even if you don’t own anything black, you’re covered.

So rest up on Sunday. Spend some time with family. Get your work stuff in order on Monday. Cause Tuesday we’re going to war. An army of 18,584 donning black will be right behind the 20-man lineup on Dallas’ bench, ready to do their part.

This is the best time of the year, no question. Let’s make Tuesday a night to remember and blow the roof off American Airlines Center.

Let’s do this.




1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 WPG 34 17 10 7 83 80 41
7 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21


T. Seguin 32 25 17 8 42
J. Benn 32 10 20 1 30
J. Spezza 32 6 19 -10 25
T. Daley 32 7 9 -12 16
A. Roussel 32 7 9 -3 16
A. Goligoski 32 1 14 2 15
C. Eakin 29 6 7 2 13
S. Horcoff 32 5 7 1 12
E. Cole 31 6 5 -5 11
R. Garbutt 24 5 5 -6 10
K. Lehtonen 13 7 5 .904 2.99
A. Lindback 1 5 0 .864 4.29
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