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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Stars owner Tom Hicks said before Wednesday night’s game that he is pleased with the team’s co-general manager configuration and would like to take “interim” off of the titles for Les Jackson and Brett Hull.
“I look forward to having negotiations with them to talk about what the future is going to be,” Hicks said.
Q. Mike, do you have any thoughts on the disallowed goal?
MIKE BABCOCK: What do you want me to say? The guy’s not in the paint? The guy’s out of the paint. That’s a repetition call totally. It’s disappointing. I mean, Homer got a penalty the other night and he bumped Turco earlier in the game. But I guess the way I look at it is this: in the League there’s lots that goes on on the ice. Sometimes a guy gets tripped and you miss it. Some things go wrong and you miss it. Just don’t make stuff up, that’s all.
These men are doing their very best, just like us. They want to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Kelly is a good referee. He just blew the call. That’s life.
The Dallas Stars defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 to force a game 5 back in Detroit on Saturday.
Detroit fans won’t be happy with the Datsyuk goal that was wavied off due to the Holmstrom goalie interference, Dallas fans will be saying it’s about time.
Game 5 will be one of matchups, can Dallas coach Dave Tippett get his checking line out against the Datsyuk line?
Wings will want to end the series in five, Dallas will come out with the same approach, win one more game.
The JLA should be rocking Saturday afternoon around 1:30pm ET.
added 11:05pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The word of the day, for the Dallas Stars, was: believe.
It was plastered on everything, from the crop tops worn by their roller-blading ice girls, to the Budweiser banners that skirted the perimeter of the pregame street party outside the American Airlines Center. And if it seemed odd that Believe! T-shirts were already going for half-price at the concession stands early in the game, well, that wasn’t really Mike Modano’s concern.
Modano, the former captain of the Stars, ensured his team would live to play another day. In a game when the Detroit Red Wings had a second-period goal controversially disallowed because of a goaltender interference call, Modano’s third-period power-play goal broke a 1-1 tie and led the Stars to a 3-1 victory over Detroit last night, which permitted them to stave off elimination for one night anyway.
from Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer,
There are those gullible enough, stubborn enough and warped enough to believe the Dallas Stars can rally to defeat the Detroit Red Wings.
Hillary Clinton. DISD bookkeepers. Guys convinced that chicks actually go to bars with bacon in their purses….
Admit it. The Stars are out of ideas, out of gas and out of the series.
Morrow hasn’t been a factor, Modano’s been a ghost, defenseman Matt Niskanen has coughed up a couple of costly gaffes and, most damaging, Turco has been average. When the Stars have needed him to stand on his head, he’s again fallen on his face against Detroit.
Today’s media time with the Dallas Stars’ Brenden Morrow and coach Dave Tippett.
Q. What is the update on Brenden?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Brenden is fine, ready to go.
Q. Do you think you’ll be looking at different changes for lines?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: We’ll tinker around a little bit. We’re certainly looking for answers, looking for ways to win games. So that’s where we’re at. We’ll continue to find the answers and see if we can get the win we need.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Red Wings’ forward Dallas Drake figures they’ll see a big push from the Stars early tonight. On a rainy day in Dallas, the challenge will be weathering the storm.
“It always seems, in your opponent’s building, the team comes out real hard; the fans are behind them, they play with energy,” said Drake. “So you’ve really got to play smart and get the puck deep and get the puck out and when you do that, you seem to settle down.”
more on the game tonight…
Interviews today with the Dallas Stars’ Mike Modano and coach, Dave Tippett.
Q How is your head?
MIKE MODANO: Good.
Q Do you think you’ll be in for Game 4?
MIKE MODANO: Yeah.
From Bruce MacLeod at Red Wings Corner,
Johan Franzen won’t play in Game 4 of the Western Conference final. When he returns to the ice is still unknown.
THe NHL’s leading goal-scorer in the playoffs had tests, Monday, because of concussion-like symptoms ... headaches. General manager Ken Holland said that the tests found nothing that needed treatment.
But Franzen’s headaches persist, so he’ll have to rest until they subside.
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,
At one time, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were known as regular-season performers, meaning they could play out the season but come playoff time, well, they were a different story.
Datsyuk’s postseason stats line once read like this: 42 games, 3 goals, 12 assists and minus-1. Zetterberg’s were similar: 16 games, 3 goals, 2 assists and minus-4. To be fair with Datsyuk, many of those early games saw him on the fourth line and on the second power play unit, so his ice time was very low as compared to the amount of ice he sees now.
Both Datsyuk and Zetterberg were labeled as players who could not get it done during the playoffs. Well, that label is now gone, forever.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
The Stars were so full of life in the first two rounds of the playoffs, taking out the Ducks and Sharks in impressive fashion. Dave Tippett’s team played with so much energy and enthusiasm.
That’s all gone now.
The Red Wings have sucked all the life out of the Stars. That’s what happens when you’re forever chasing your opponent around the ice, unable to pry the puck from their talented clutches.
In case you haven’t caught on yet, these Wings are that good.
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