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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 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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