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Searching for consistency



October 30, 2003

By J. Douglas Foster

Though obviously pleased anytime his team collects two points in a game, Stars head coach Dave Tippett knows victories like the last two can set a dangerous precedent.

Yes, it's great to know you have the ability to come back from a deficit and win in the waning moments. But it's not something you want to start counting on.

"You've got to have the confidence that you are capable of doing it any time," Tippett said. "But it's obviously not the situation you want to be in."

That's exactly the situation the Stars have been in during each of the last two games, trailing heading into the third period and for the most part of that final period.

Fortunately, however, they didn't lose either game. It started with Saturday's come-from-behind 3-2 victory in Columbus. Wednesday, it was a little more dramatic as they erased a 3-1 Calgary lead, forced a tie on Bill Guerin's hat trick and won in overtime thanks to Jason Arnott's goal.

While focusing on the result is a good thing, the Stars said they need to pay just as much attention to the events that led to those deficits.

"We've got to make sure the work is there all the time," Stars wing Rob DiMaio said. "The emotion may not be there every period or every night, but the work has to be there all the time."

The biggest concern for Tippett and the Stars is that they haven't been able to establish leads in any of their last three games, something they will be trying to accomplish again when they travel to Nashville on Saturday.

Columbus used one of its two 5-on-3 chances to take a 1-0 lead, then went up 2-1 before Dallas' late comeback. The Flames used two second-period goals to turn a 1-1 game into a 3-1 lead.

Changing that, they said, means playing the first two periods as they did the final one.

"We're a good team. We know we're a good team," DiMaio said. "But we've got to be a good team for 60 minutes, not 20 minutes."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 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 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
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