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Hull Keeping Stars Loose

from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,

To play your best hockey, your players have to be loose. And is there anyone in hockey better than Hull at understanding how to stay loose?

You can’t play this game if you are uptight, and Hull has never been uptight about anything in his life. The Stars changed their chemistry by bringing in Brad Richards at the trade deadline, and they had to play without injured defenseman Sergei Zubov and Philippe Boucher, and it didn’t matter to them because they go out there and play without any worries. That’s the Hull influence.

When you watch the Stars right now, what you see is a team that is in sync at every position

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Turco Finds His Comfort Zone

from Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram,

Subsequent playoff failures, when the fickle finger of blame found itself, more often than not, wagging in Turco’s direction changed his outlook, changed his approach, even changed his persona.

Like most of us, he simply didn’t know then what he knows now.

“For me, the complete understanding of what I need to do for this hockey club has come to me,” Turco said in San Jose, where the Sharks threw everything they had in his direction and it still wasn’t enough. “I’ve always known that stopping the puck and moving it and giving these guys confidence is what I’ve wanted to do, but I’m just at a better place now.

“You always wish you’d known more things when you were younger, but there’s nothing I would change now that got me to this point.”

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Stars Have That Stanley Cup Feel

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

I didn’t pick the Dallas Stars to win the Stanley Cup.  Heck, I didn’t pick them to get out of the first round.  Not many did.  After three straight first round exits, I’m guessing Modano’s Nana had the Ducks in five.

But with each passing game, with each convincing victory, I’m starting to get this funny feeling it is their year.

It’s the way they are winning, and the character traits they are showing that make you believe something special is going on here.  Here’s your Stars’ Playoff Personality Profile:

...WILL

This is the biggie.  Remember how it seemed Anaheim won every little battle last year?  How they got to the puck a fraction of a second faster, fought a little harder in every corner, played every second like overtime in game seven?  That’s what these Stars are doing.  The poster boy for this is captain Brendan Morrow, who would be my round-and-a-half Conn Smyth pick.

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Sharks Have A Tough Road Ahead

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

“We’ve got a big mountain ahead of us to climb,” Sharks captain Patrick Marleau said. Actually, at last geographic report, there are no mountains in Dallas, where the next two games will be played. However, Stars goalie Marty Turco will be there. And the Sharks would probably rather face a big mountain.

Mount Marty is the challenge that the Sharks can’t solve. They have outshot Dallas in the first two games, 58-44, and they have zero victories to show for it.

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Zubov Back

from the Star-Telegram,

Modano had just taken a shot that had hit a skate and eventually skittered back to Zubov near the right side wall.

Modano, knowing how Zubov operates, had quietly circled back on the other side while every Shark defender’s attention—especially Nabokov’s—was focused on Zubov.

Without hesitation, Zubov whirled 360 degrees, backhanding the puck across the ice to the now wide-open Modano, who knew exactly what to do with it. His lightning-like wrister beat Nabokov on the stick side before the goalie could react.

“I had spun back the other way and everyone kind of gravitated towards Zubie,” said Modano, whose goal was his second in two games and seventh this year against the Sharks.

“That’s ‘shinny’ hockey at its finest, but with Zubie, that’s part of his game,” Tippett said. “That’s pretty special right there, to find a guy right on his tape, spinning around like that, that’s a special play. But we’ve seen that from Zubie around here for a long time.”

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Sharks Target Modano

from the CBC,

The Sharks simply have to play like the more desperate team than Dallas, which has prevailed in seven of its last eight visits to San Jose, including four times this season.

Another energetic performance from veteran forward Jeremy Roenick, who notched two goals and four points in Game 7 versus the Flames, would be welcomed. How about better defensive play from centre Patrick Marleau? Or Thornton outplaying his shadow, Modano?

“We’ve got to make Mike Modano’s life a little bit more miserable,” Wilson said. “He seems to love playing here, and we never got a hand on him [in Game 1].”

The coach noted the Sharks’ goals came when one of his players was standing in front of Stars goalie Marty Turco.

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Decision Time For Zubov

from Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram,

Even now, after all these years with the Stars, Zubov still isn’t completely at ease as the center of media attention. He prefers to do his thing quietly and efficiently, and then to slip away while others do the talking.

But now the Stars need him to break his code of silence. They need to hear four words from their best puck-handling defenseman, who hasn’t played since January:

“I’m ready to play.”

Sometime today, before the Stars and San Jose Sharks meet in Game 2 of their quarterfinals playoff series, would be just fine.

The puck, as they say, is on Zubie’s stick.

“It’s up to him now,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said for the second straight day Saturday. “Zubie is a special player. When he comes to me and tells me he’s ready to play, then he’s in the lineup.”

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Melrose Recaps Friday Games

John Buccigross and Barry Melrose give us a three minute recap of the action last night.

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Sharks Fail To Hold Home Ice

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

An overtime goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs is like a rowdy bar shutting down with a closing time picked entirely at random. Especially when the visiting team wins.

One moment, the arena is full of life and good times and possibilities. The next, things are silent and everyone files out quietly to the parking lot. What’s the closing-time mantra? You don’t have to go home. But you can’t stay here.

The Sharks were at home Friday night. But they didn’t stay on task. Playing against a Dallas Stars team in Game 1 of their second-round series, the Sharks spent far too much time playing hockey exactly the way the Stars wanted both teams to play. Which is why the game ended in a 3-2 victory by Dallas.

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Stars Make Most Of Their Opportunities

from Tim Colishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars also were surprisingly incapable of mounting any kind of consistent attack on Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov. They finished with 18 shots on goal.

And that included overtime.

And they still won.

Meet the new opportunistic Dallas Stars, who steal wins even when they may not fully deserve them.

Brenden Morrow’s second goal of the night just 4:39 into sudden death gave Dallas a 3-2 victory at HP Pavilion in Game 1.

“It’s exciting to see him lead this team,” goaltender Marty Turco said. “I’ve had a center seat for his career.”

Watch the OT goal…

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