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Stars Begin Camp With Confidence

Playoff Run and a Strong Chemistry Fuels Early Hope and Expectation

Saturday, 09.20.2008 / 12:48 AM CT / Feature
By Dallas Stars Staff
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Stars Begin Camp With Confidence

The Stars began Training Camp on Friday with physicals, fitness testing and photos, followed by a light practice to get things going on the ice.

The team is coming off a long playoff run that saw the team make the Conference Finals for the first time in eight years. Everyone wants to return and take another shot at Lord Stanley’s Cup, but there’s a long way to go to April.

2008 Stars Training Camp Photo Gallery
“Just because you did well the year before doesn’t mean that you will keep your spot,” said Stars Head Coach Dave Tippett. “The Western Conference is a tough conference there are a lot of good teams out there. Our first step will be to get our team ready at training camp and go into the regular season and earn the right to be a good team. You have to do a lot of work the entire year. That’s the process you have to go through and it’s the same every year. Our young players were able to do what they did last year by taking up new leadership roles and we were able to get to the point we did last year and they are hungry to take us farther. But we also recognize what it took to get there. It’s about going out every night and earning the right to be a successful team.”

Still, the confidence gained from last year’s playoff experience is there and it reminded some of the veterans how great a long run can be.

“It brought back some great memories,” said Mike Modano, who remembers what it was like back in 1998-99 coming off a Conference Finals appearance. “You live for that time of the year and you live for those type of playoff runs and to see the reaction from the fans and the city. You can tell (the fans) really miss playoff hockey as well. It was fun to relive some of those glory days when we had those runs and when we had those runs. It’s making it exciting to play the game and it’s basically why we do what we do.”

The level of excitement to get back to work was evident on the first day of camp, especially from the younger players. Nicklas Grossman, Matt Niskanen and Mark Fistric all had a look in their eye of anticipation and determination. Veterans like Mike Ribeiro, Brenden Morrow and Stephane Robidas looked focused and ready to go.

“There is a sense of excitement to get back and play when you feel like you have turned that corner with the organization,” said Modano. “The new guys are here and are able to get a camp under their belt. Everyone seems ready to go but it is a long way away to get to where we were last year.”

One player who will probably benefit the most from this year’s camp is Brad Richards. Acquired in late February, Richards had to adjust to a new city, a new team and a new system. He did so very well, but he enters the 2008-09 season with a fresh slate and a relaxed state of mind.

“It feels great. My comfort level is through the roof,” he said. “Last year I got comfortable with my teammates, how the team does things and how the organization does things. I am more excited than I have been for a while. We have a great group here and I believe we can go far.”

Richards also knows a few things about winning a Stanley Cup and what kind of teams can go all the way. He likes what he sees in this year’s Dallas Stars.

“The playoffs last year brought a lot of confidence in the locker room,” Richards said. “We still have that taste of success that we had last year in the playoffs. We have set ourselves up for a good season this year but we realize that we have to take care of a lot of things first. We put our work in now and we can repeat that success.”

Marty Turco is also a believer in this squad. He could taste the opportunity to play for the Stanley Cup last spring and he wants it back. Turco makes no mistake about what the goal is for the Stars this season.

“I believe we had what it takes last year,” he said. “We got through two hard series in the first two rounds. We battled hard through the end. We could have won last year, without a doubt, and it is our focus this year.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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