News
Social Networks

Three days of peace

Saturday, 10.25.2003 / 11:00 PM CT / News
Dallas Stars
X
Share with your Friends


Three days of peace



October 26, 2003

By J. Douglas Foster

There's a funny thing that happens in the professional sports business.

Say, for instance, there are three off days between one game and the next. The level of confidence and happiness players feel during those three days often times is a direct result of how they performed in their most recent game.

Win that game, and it's a good three days. Lose that game, and it's three days of "what ifs" and "whys."

There's no easy way to explain it. That's just competitive nature.

"You try to keep it from being an emotional roller coaster," Stars head coach Dave Tippett said. "But we're in a results-oriented business. We want results. And if you don't get the results you want, you spend the time figuring out how you can get them.

"If you get results, you use that confidence during the off days. Those wins build a team's confidence."

That's the biggest difference the third period of Saturday's 3-2 victory against Columbus could make for the entire Stars roster during the next three days. Because they got three goals in the final 20 minutes on the way to a comeback victory, they can be content with themselves before they face the Calgary Flames Wednesday at home. Had they not, it would have been three days of frustration.

Fortunately, it wasn't the latter.

"It was a good win for us," Tippett said.

That it was. And it was for many reasons.

For starters, goaltender Marty Turco had a very solid outing, making a few very big saves as his team tried to kill more the one 5-on-3.

"That could have been Marty's best outing of the year," Tippett said.

The Stars also saw their captain, Mike Modano, play what Tippett said was his best game in quite some time. They also had very solid performances -- inspiring performances -- from hard-nosed players such as Rob DiMaio and Aaron Downey.

Now, they just hope to carry that into Wednesday's game with the Flames, their one stop at home before heading back on the road.

While they wait for the Flames, the Stars have good news on the status of Brenden Morrow, who left Saturday's game after suffering headaches following a collision late in the second period.

The good news is that Morrow, who has been one of his team's best players early this season, practiced with the team Monday and appears ready to go this week.

That, no doubt, is even better news that Saturday's victory -- and something else positive to dwell on for two or three days.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 75 27 44 -6 71
T. Seguin 65 33 34 -3 67
J. Spezza 75 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 58 10 27 5 37
C. Eakin 71 17 17 -4 34
A. Goligoski 75 4 30 -1 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 69 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 71 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 73 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
#LONESTARSSTATE GAMEDAY FAN

DallasStars.com is the official Web site of DSE Hockey Club, L.P.  The Stars name and logos are registered trademarks of the NHL and the Stars. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 DSE Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Corporate Partnerships | Contact UsPrivacy Policy | AdChoices | Job Opportunities | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map | Find us on Google+