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Tremendous Opportunity

Saturday, 04.19.2008 / 5:53 PM / Feature
By Seamus O'Callahan  - Hockey Historian
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Tremendous Opportunity

Sunday is a tremendous opportunity for the Stars. If you had been told before the Western Conference Quarter Finals vs. Anaheim that the Stars would be leading the series, 3 game to 2, heading into Game Six with a chance to close out the series on home ice – you’d take it in a heartbeat (and twice on Sunday, which Game Six falls on).

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Those of you with tickets for Game Six – embrace this game and enjoy it. And the ones who do not have tickets yet… What are you waiting for? As of Saturday afternoon, there were still about 1,000 tickets left, most of which are at the $33 level. The game will sell out – so Click Here Now to get your tickets or call 214 GO STARS.

This game will be a fun one, maybe even better than Game Four on Thursday. This is what the Stanley Cup Playoffs are all about. The Stars have played very well in this series, and short of one bad period in Game Three, it might already be over. The Ducks have played very well too, and have improved their play in every game.

Game Six should be like the last two contests – two very good hockey teams going toe-to-toe. Thursday night, it was the Stars and goalie Marty Turco who shined and earned the victory. Friday is was the Ducks and net-minder J.S. Giguere who came out on top.

Razor said it best: special teams and goaltending will decide it. Can the Stars’ power play provide some offense? How about the Ducks’ with the extra man? Which goalie will be better than the other? Both have been fabulous in the last couple of games.

“I think playing desperate hockey is the key,” said Toby Petersen on the plane back from Anaheim on Saturday. “You saw them last night come out playing very well, with their backs against the wall, and we need to do that tomorrow night on our home ice. I know all the guys really want to make up for what happened last night and I think that bodes well for us heading into Game Six.”

Dallas’ home ice advantage will go a long way in helping the Stars win.

“We are very excited to get home and play in front of our fans,” said Mark Fistric. “They are very loud and are cheering us on, which is great motivation for us. Our whole team feeds off of that and it’s a great feeling to be up 3 games to 2 when you are coming home.”

Added Petersen, “We are now heading home for Game Six, where we definitely want to close them out on our home ice. We’re going to come out flying and we know we have the home crowd behind us, which will be huge.”

And that’s where you come in. Stars fans – be ready to get loud (don’t forget to wear black) and make a difference for your team on Sunday night at 8 PM. You can be a part of getting the Stars over the hump and getting their first playoff series win since 2003.

This streak of non-advancement in the playoffs for Dallas actually started with these Ducks in 2003. And it’s funny – this series (at least the results of each game) have gone just the opposite of what happened that year in Round Two.

The good news there – the home team in that series won Game Six to close it out.

Now that’s what I call some good karma.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 13 7 5 .904 2.99
A. Lindback 1 5 0 .864 4.29
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