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An Interview With: D. Tippett, M. Modano, M. Ribeiro, M. Turco, B. Richards…
Q Hear anything on Ribeiro?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Haven’t heard anything from the league yet, no.
Q How do you prepare if you don’t hear anything until tomorrow?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: We’ll hear something today. I don’t suspect anything. I suspect he’ll be a player. Looking at the situation, I can’t see how it would be a suspension, myself, but that’s for them to figure out. And from our side, I’m going to prepare like Ribeiro’s a player and move forward.
Barry Melrose of ESPN breaks down the Wings/Stars game from last night.
via Dan Noxon of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
This was the kind of game I expected from the Stars. They played much better and they’ve got to be heading home tonight knowing it was one they very easily could have won….
But I say this series is far from over.
I’ll say this, too. After seeing the game-ending replay several times, Ozzie could have been called for a dive had the game still been going. It’s not like Ribs even really swung the stick.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Outside, on the Riverwalk that skirts Joe Louis Arena, the 2008 Downtown Hoedown was underway – a country music block party in the cradle of Motown. On the street-level apron just outside the building, the Dallas Stars’ bus was greeted by the smells of Big Al’s BBQ, a fund-raiser for the Detroit Red Wings’ Foundation, featuring plenty of down-home cooking from the arena’s executive chefs.
Motor City did its best to make the visitors from down Texas way feel right at home on Saturday night – until they stepped on the ice, that is.
There, it was the same sad story for Dallas.
added 10:49pm, again, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Stars’ goalie Marty Turco called it “a pretty dangerous play on their part – a butt-end to the eye. It’s one thing to engage in a physical battle; that’s pretty gutless if you’re hitting someone in the face, if that’s what did happen, and I’m pretty sure it did. We’ll see what transpires in the next little while.”
more on the incident at the end of the game…
Video of the incident added on 5/11/08, watch below…
Courtesy of the NHL Network Online, the live press conference from Detroit starting momentarily. Go here.
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Update 10:06pm ET: CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada video post-game. (update 10:22pm: live stream on CBC.ca is now over)
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
“The bottom line is, we need to skate and handle the puck more. Our best defence against them is when we have the puck. Last game, we didn’t do enough of that.”
Stars’ coach Dave Tippett hinted there could be line-up changes. Stu Barnes, out since the middle of the last round with concussion-like symptoms, could be closer to playing. Also, the Stars could make a switch on the blue line, and replace Fistric with fellow rookie Matt Niskanen.
Of greater concern to Tippett was the Stars’ work in the face-off circle, where the Red Wings dominated the opener. All teams want to start with the puck, but it’s even more critical against a puck-possession team such as Detroit. Once they have, they rarely give it back.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Let’s cut the Stars some slack here. We’re talking about a team that defeated the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in the first round and beat San Jose, a team favoured by many to win it all this season, in the conference semifinals.
The Stars were a tired team in their opener against the Red Wings. Fewer than five minutes into the game, they were short two skaters when Brian Rafalski opened the scoring. Johan Franzen’s 12th goal of the playoffs also was on the power play. So was Tomas Holmstrom’s goal early in the second, a goal that should not have been allowed because he clearly interfered with Turco after establishing squatter’s rights in the crease.
There was nothing complicated or mysterious about the Red Wings taking a 3-0 lead before this game was 27 minutes old: tired teams take penalties.
More importantly, it’s not as if anyone expected a Red Wings team with the NHL’s best regular-season record to roll over for the visiting Stars.
from Neil Stevens of the CP via Yahoo,
Considering that a forward’s average shift is about 40 seconds, it is of tremendous important to get the puck as soon as possible after jumping onto the ice.
“Instead of chasing the puck for 20 seconds, it’s nice to have it right away,” says Henrik Zetterberg, who won 12 faceoffs and lost only five. “Most of the time, if you win a lot of the faceoffs, you take the momentum in games.”
During Wings practices, coaches will work two players at a time through faceoff drills that incite laughter and good-natured teasing.
“You have to have fun out there,” Zetterberg said after practice Friday. “We usually do it at the end of practice.
Transcript from a press conference with Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett:
Q. What’s your off-day skate looking like? A lot of coaching going on there?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: That’s what happens when we didn’t get a lot of time between the last series and this one. We felt we had a few things we wanted to address out there. Not a strenuous day, but certainly some things we want to look at that we have to be better at.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
So, my guess is these conference finals will be called tightly, and the teams that adjust best will be the teams that benefit. If Dallas can get in hard on the forecheck, force the play into the Detroit end and get to the front of the net, the Stars will get plenty of power play opportunities. But, if they sit back and chase Detroit, they will spend the night on the penalty kill. And once they get on the penalty kill, they will be so intimidated by the refs, that they will not be able to hook, hold or cross-check Franzen or Homstrom out from in front of the net.
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