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Searching for consistency

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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."

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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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