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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 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 46 28 24 1 52
J. Benn 46 13 27 -3 40
J. Spezza 46 8 26 -4 34
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 46 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 46 11 11 -2 22
T. Daley 43 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 43 9 12 6 21
A. Hemsky 43 7 11 -5 18
J. Klingberg 32 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 10 7 .904 2.98
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
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