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Three days of peace

Sunday, 10.26.2003 / 12:00 AM / News
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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 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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